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favorite brand of bread knife? Or have you used a serrated sharpener?

I am in desperate need of a new bread knife. I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations. It will get used almost every day so I want one that will stay sharp for a fairly long time. Or is it worth purchasing a serrated sharpener?

asked by ktr 11 months ago
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Nancy

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added 11 months ago

I've got a Victorinox bread knife that has lasted for more than 25 years. And one of theirs recently ATK chose one of theirs as a Best Buy.
http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox...
On the serrated sharpener, I have my doubts bc the knife has stayed sharp on its own, and I think those sharpeners don't do much. If the knife dulls, take it for professional sharpening, when & if needed.

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ktr
added 11 months ago

Wow, 25 years! Mine hasn't even lasted 5!

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Nancy

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added 11 months ago

I bought it spur of the moment at a Food & Wine show for what seemed an unconscionable amount of money, but quality has proved its worth.

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dinner at ten

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added 11 months ago

I have a Chef's Choice electric knife sharpener (model 1520, because it can sharpen at the correct angle for both Japanese and European knives). It does an excellent job on my straight edged knives. It's advertised to sharpen serrated knives as well; I've only used it once or twice on my bread knife (and not in a while), but I think it did an ok job, if not quite as good as for the straight knives.

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ktr
added 11 months ago

I've tried running my bread knife thru my knife sharpener (which does a good job on my other knives) and it didn't seem to help much. I do love it for my other knives though. I have a cheap set of knives we were given as a wedding present and I swear it gets them sharper than when they were first new.

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Nancy

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added 11 months ago

I meant home sharpeners for serrated knives don't seem to work well. I too have a Chef's Choice sharpener (non electric) and it works fine on regular blades.

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cv
added 11 months ago

Like Nancy's, my bread knife is also over 25 years old. It's a Wusthof Trident, I guess the product line is now called Wusthof Classic or something like that, after they proliferated their product lines.

I think I've had the knife professionally recut twice, the last time about eight years ago. There's a knife sharpening service that shows up at my town's farmers market.

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HalfPint

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added 11 months ago

I have a Messermeister (sp?) which I love. It's wicked sharp and has sent my husband to the ER for stitches once. We've had it for almost 15 years. Every 6-9 months, all the knives go to the local cutlery shop for professional sharpening, so I can't recommend a knife sharpener. I don't trust them to not ruin my knives and I don't have the skill to sharpen knives myself. For $40 (for about 5 knives), I think it's maintenance money that is well spent.

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ktr
added 11 months ago

Great idea. I'll have to stop by the butcher one of these days.

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ktr
added 11 months ago

I'd love to take my knives to a professional to sharpen them, but as far as I know there aren't any close to me. And I'm a little leary of taking them to the local hardware store even though they say they do knives, because they normally work on lawnmower blades and hunting knives (and ice skates of course!). It is definitely good to hear from several people though that a good bread knife should last me a good number of years. I just hate spending money on a knife and then have it go dull soon afterwards. I've never bought a "good" knife before other than a fillet knife for fishing so I'll be excited to see how long it holds it edge compared to my cheapies.

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HalfPint

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added 11 months ago

@ktr, Another place to ask is your local restaurants (the more high-end ones) where they send their knives for sharpening. That's how we found ours.

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cv
added 11 months ago

@ktr:

In addition to asking restaurateurs, ask a butcher.

In fact, the meat counter at one of my local supermarkets acts as a proxy. You leave your knives with them and whatever commercial knife sharpening service that comes by to service the butchers' equipment will also do yours.

Many commercial knife sharpening services are truck-based and go to the restaurants as well, doing all of their work on-site in the parking lot.

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ChefJune

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added 11 months ago

I've had my Wusthof bread knife for 30+ years and it's still slicing bread perfectly. Has never been sharpened.

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added 11 months ago

I am also used Wusthof bread knife for more than 10 years. Its stills cut perfectly.

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added 11 months ago

Has anyone even seen a serrated knife sharpener? Common sharpeners such as the Chef's Choice line will sharpen the bevel, but won't really help the individual teeth much. A brief search on Amazon showed some sharpeners that are basically thin files, such as are used to sharpen saws, and are presumably used the same. You won't have to set the teeth, like on a saw, but it's still a very tedious process requiring some skill-you sharpen each bevel on each tooth separately- and I doubt many cooks would get around to doing it. If you buy a quality knife- Henckel's, Wusthoff, one of the Japanese brands etc.- and just use it for bread, the edge should hold up for a long, long time.

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added 10 months ago

Wusthof bread knife is best one for cutting breads into slices.

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added about 2 months ago

Wusthof bread knife is the best one. I using this knife.

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ktr
added about 2 months ago

I ended up buying a victorinox bread knife and I'm kicking myself for not getting it sooner. I don't know how long it'll last, but so far I'm loving it! Thanks everyone for the suggestions.