There’s a dizzying amount of bread knives on the market, which can make it difficult to buy a new one. This is especially true if you’re buying your knife online because you can’t hold it in your hand or test the flexibility of the blade. Most people rely on the reputation of well-known cutlery brands to help them find a good quality bread knife, and this is generally a smart idea.
When it comes to bread knives, there are two names that every chef recommends: Wusthof and Victorinox. Wusthof knives are made in Germany, while Victorinox knives are made in Switzerland. Both countries have a reputation for producing some of the best knives – period.
I’ve tried other bread knives, some from well-known brands and others from no-name brands. Yet, I keep coming back to my Victorinox and Wusthof knives. They get the job done, and they do it so well.
While Victorinox offers an 8-inch bread knife, I personally own the 10.25 inch. It’s ideal for cutting wide loaves of bread, like boule, but it works great for smaller loaves too.
By taking just one good look at this knife, you can see how well it’s made. The scalloped edges run from the base of the blade to the tip. The scallops are not too shallow, but not too deep and just the right thickness. With lower quality knives, the first inch or so of the blade is straight, which can make it difficult to cut through a large loaf of bread.
I’m not usually particular about the handle of a knife, but I must say that the Fibrox handles are comfortable to use. It’s ergonomically designed, slip resistant (really important), textured and well-balanced. You also have the option of choosing between a classic black (my favorite) or white handle. The knife itself is easy to clean, and it came with a lifetime warranty.
Wusthof has a reputation for being one of the best cutlery manufacturers in the world. In fact, their classic bread knife was recommended in Cooks Illustrated as one of the best bread knives on the market. The company has been in business since 1814, and they offer a collection of over 350 knives.
Unlike the Victorinox, the Wusthof blade is sturdy and not quite as flexible. To be perfectly honest, this knife cuts through any type of bread like a hot knife through butter. I’ve even used this knife to cut bread fresh out of the oven, and the slices were perfect. Anyone who bakes their own bread knows that if you try to cut the loaf right away, you usually wind up with a squished ball of bread. With this knife, I can cut the bread seconds after it comes out of the oven without any issues.
The handle of this knife is nothing to write home about. It’s a triple-riveted, full-tang handle that many classic knives have. But it does give the knife great balance and strength. This knife feels good in your hand, and you can tell that it’s a well-made cutlery tool.