Most Popular Bread Knife Reviews
In creating this website, I spent hours researching each type of knife for which I wanted to include information and reviews. Bread knives were no exception to this rule. First, I spent a few hours researching what constitutes a great bread knife and which variables a person should consider when purchasing a bread knife, based on his or her own unique needs. Next, I reviewed statistical information to compile a list of the most popular, top selling knives on today’s open marketplace.
Once I established this list, it was time to work it down to an acceptable length. I did not want to overwhelm you with a list twenty knives; I wanted to include just enough knives to offer you variety and help you understand why I chose specific favorites for including in the Top Three Choices section, without including so many knives that you were unable to choose between them. To accomplish that goal, I read countless consumer reviews. Since my goal was to bring you the best of the best, I wanted to ensure that I was not only bringing you popular bread knives, but also quality bread knives. I cut my list shorter by focusing on only those bread knives which received plenty of positive reviews from actual consumers.
However, despite the popularity of many knives, some of them received less-than-stellar reviews from consumers. I had originally thought about not including these in my final list and skipping past them to select less popular yet more impressive knives. Upon reflection, however, I decided that it would be best to show you why these knives, despite their popularity, were unable to satisfy consumers, to keep you from making the same mistake so many people clearly made in the past. If so many people had not made the mistake of overlooking certain qualities of those knives, they wouldn’t have become so popular as to inspire more people to buy them.
This web page is the result of all that work. Once I created my list of popular, top-selling bread knives with which consumers seemed pleased, I went through that list and wrote a review for each knife based on its specifications and qualities according to the checklist I had created when I first began researching bread knives. The three knives which checked off the most boxes on that checklist made their way into the Top Three Choices section below. Those knives which were left over found themselves placed in the Honorable Mentions list.
Take your time to read the Top Three Choices as well as the Honorable Mentions. Who knows, you may find your perfect bread knife in the Top Three. However, it may be that your personal needs are best satisfied by one of our runners up.
Top Three Choices
These Top Three choices for bread knives was based on a checklist for quality bread knives which I developed after spending hours researching what qualities warrant a great bread knife. Of course, I have my own personal opinions based on my own experience with bread knives, but I decided to spend time researching the opinions of top chefs and bread knife manufacturers to reduce that bias as much as possible. My aim was not to bring you a list of my favorite knives. Instead, it was to bring you a list of the best popular, top-selling bread knives on today’s market.
The first two knives on this list are ones which I believe cannot be beat in terms of quality. The third knife is my choice for best ceramic blade.
Best in Class
Zelite 8-Inch Infinity
Once you read through the rest of this web page, it should be fairly obvious why selecting this Zelite for “Best in Class” was almost a no-brainer. It wasn’t a hands-down, slam-dunk type of decision, though. Regardless of all its wonderful qualities, I found it difficult to choose between this knife and the Shun knife I ultimately selected as “Runner Up”. Still, I knew the moment I saw this knife that it belonged somewhere in my Top Three list. After learning more about its specifications, it was clear that it was a contender for this top spot.
The Zelite Infinity features 67 layers of forged high-carbon stainless steel, designed to bring strength and endurance to this blade. Its 18-degree slicing angle and short, deep scallops will ensure that it slices through any type of bread you toss its way.
This knife will stay sharp for an extremely long time. It is rust-resistant and will not bend or warp over time. Still, it is thin enough to offer some flexibility – just enough for the perfect slice of bread, cake, or tomato.
This knife’s rounded handle has been formed for a perfect grip. Its steel end cap offers a great counterbalance to its somewhat heavy blade, lending you superb control. The end cap has been angled so as to hook around the handle, offering an even better grip.
The blade of this knife is full-tang for extra strength, durability and balance. It has been triple-riveted into the beautiful dark wood handle. Attached to the handle is a metal bolster which helps to protect your fingertips as you slice, and it’s shaped to allow you to pinch it if necessary for a better grip. The bolster also adds to the even weight balance of this knife.
Shun DM0705 9-Inch Classic
On most of the pages of this website, you will notice that the second place position often goes to the knife with the “Best Value”. This is where I usually place a knife of decent (not superior) quality which is available for a very affordable price. I will tell you that I had fully intended to do the same with this page, until I came across the Shun DM0705. Never before have I been more torn between two knives when selecting the Best in Class. It was that difficulty which made me finally decide to include this knife as a runner up, and eliminate the “Best Value” category altogether for bread knives.
The Shun DM0705 Classic’s 9-inch blade has been forged from sixteen layers of high carbon stainless steel. This combination is designed to bring superior strength and endurance. If you are looking for a high-quality, reliable knife but do not have the funds to support purchasing our Best in Class choice, this Runner Up may be perfect for you.
Its D-shaped Pakkawood handle should offer a good enough grip to get through your bread and cake-cutting tasks safely and easily. The stainless steel bolster between the blade and handle does not offer much in terms of extra finger protection, but acts wonderfully as a counterbalance to the weight of the blade – putting more control in your hands.
The long, scalloped serrations are, interestingly, not pointed simply up and down. Instead, they angle forward toward the front of the knife and backward toward to the back of the knife, making it even easier to saw through whatever you desire. In fact, if I owned one of these knives, you may have found me shaving a roast or carving a turkey with it, despite the fact that it is clearly a bread knife.
Vos Ceramic Bread Knife
This incredibly affordable ceramic knife would make a great addition to the kitchen of anyone who prioritizes convenience. Do you often find yourself cutting through moist breads and cakes? Are you tired of your tomato slices sticking to the side of your knife? Do you live a busy life which means you will not be able to hand wash your knife every time you use it and will rarely, if ever, get a chance to sharpen it? If so, then a ceramic blade may be the way to go. Of course, ceramic blades also have their downsides; they can chip and shatter. Be careful not to use this knife to cut bones and be extra careful not to drop it.
If you decide that a ceramic blade is the way to go, I truly believe that this one should satisfy your needs. In all of my research, this is the only ceramic knife to pop up into my line of sight as a popular, top-selling bread knife. The Vos’s ceramic blade will never rust and will rarely need to be sharpened. When the blade is combined with its non-slip plastic handle, this entire knife is completely dishwasher safe.
Aside from the typical ceramic knife concerns, I worry about the way that this knife’s blade has been attached to its handle. I see no hint of rivets, which tells me that the blade has been glued inside the handle. Of course, for simple needs such as cutting soft bread and cake, this shouldn’t be of much concern. Still, I feel the need to warn you against using this knife for any strenuous tasks, in case the blade and handle were to come apart under such pressure.
As you know, I was not overly impressed with every knife on this list. Still, I understand that everyone has different needs and preferences. It would be ignorant of me to only include the knives I like and to fully ignore the statistical fact that the knives on this list are very popular. Also, this is an incredible opportunity to stop more people from making the mistake of purchasing less-than-adequate popular bread knives.
On the off chance that you are, in fact, in search of a cheap knife of substandard value, I have included those here. Perhaps you are looking for something somewhere in the mid-range where decent quality and affordable price intersect – I have included those here as well. Maybe you are simply looking for more information to gain an understanding of why I, and many other people, believe that a certain type of knife spells out quality in world of bread knives.
Whatever it is you are looking for, be it a cheap knife, a mid-level knife, a great knife or simply information, you will find it all here. I have even included some very good quality knives which, although they do not live up to the standards set by our Best in Class or even our Runner Up, are bound to satisfy most people’s needs.
Mostly, I created this “Honorable Mentions” list to bring you more of the most popular chef’s knives on today’s market, on the off-chance that one of the “Top Three” simply does not meet your needs.
Pure Komachi 2 High-Carbon Stainless Steel Series
I must say that this Komachi knife is rather impressive for its incredibly affordable price. Of course, it doesn’t come close to my choice for “Best in Class” or “Runner Up”, but lower-priced knives are usually lower quality.
In keeping with the lower quality of low-priced knives, this knife does not feature a riveted handle. This leads me to believe that the blade has been glued into the handle. I worry about durability with knives of this sort. I highly recommend using this knife only for simple tasks and soft foods. The pressure necessary for cutting through tough foods such as meat may cause the blade to come loose from the handle. That being said, this is a bread knife and won’t likely be used for those purposes anyway.
This knife does not feature a bolster for finger protection or extra handle weight. Nor does it feature an end cap for counter balance to the weight of the blade. Therefore, I do not expect the user to have much control over this knife or to feel very confident making difficult cuts with it.
What do I find impressive about this knife, considering its low price? First, and possibly most important, this knife is constructed of high-carbon stainless steel. Unlike the stainless steel often featured in low-priced knives, this high-carbon stainless blade will hold its sharp edge for an incredibly long time and will be very easy to sharpen when that edge finally gives way. The non-stick coating on the blade of this knife will be welcomed by those who often cut through soft, damp breads and cakes – it will not stick and will make a clean cut every time.
Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition 10-Inch Knife
This Chicago knife reminds me of something my grandmother would own. Its short walnut handle is reminiscent of the type of bread knife often created before companies began researching ergonomics, balance, and control. Not only is the handle too short to offer much of a grip, it is flat and squared, making the grip an uncomfortable one. I truly believe that part of its popularity is based on uneducated people purchasing this knife simply because it resembled bread knives they have used in the past.
The full-tang, triple-riveted blade is a definite upside to this knife. I do not worry about this knife’s long blade and short handle staying together for the long haul, unlike knives whose blades have simply been glued into their handles. The blade itself is constructed of high-carbon stainless steel, is likely to stay sharp for a long time, and is rust resistant. Despite the rust-resistance of the blade, I must caution against placing this knife in the dishwasher or even submerging it in a sink full of water, because its walnut handle is susceptible to rot.
In working with soft breads and cakes, this knife should perform is basic duty of cutting through them with relative ease. However, unlike newer-style bread knives which feature scalloped cutting edges, this knife’s jagged cutting edge may tear through hard crusts and soft baked goods, leaving behind ill-cut slices and a countertop full of crumbs.
Zyliss 8.5-Inch Bread Knife with Sheath Cover
It isn’t often that you find a particular model of bread knife available with two different types of blades. The Zyliss defies the standard by allowing you to select either a stainless steel or a non-stick high-carbon stainless steel blade. The stainless steel option, with its plastic handle, is fully dishwasher safe but will not stay sharp as long as the high-carbon option and is susceptible to sticking.
What is the big deal about sticking when it comes to bread knives? Sometimes when you cut through damp baked goods, regular blades such as those constructed of stainless steel will stick as they move through and pull little chucks off of the bread or cake you are slicing. This leads to uneven slices and an abundance of crumbs. For those who prefer a clean cut, Zyliss created the non-stick, resin-coated, high-carbon stainless steel option. This knife will stay sharp much longer, on account of its high carbon content, and is somewhat rust resistant.
Regardless of the relative rust-resistance of high-carbon stainless steel and the plastic handle this option also features, I caution against placing this model in the dishwasher. My worry is that the resin coating may flake off after time when exposed to the high temperatures of a dishwasher. In fact, of the few complaints I found for this knife, the most popular was based on this very issue.
Wusthof Classic 8-Inch, 9-Inch, or 10-Inch
Honestly, I don’t find much of a difference between an 8-inch, a 9-inch, and a 10-inch bread knife. However, there are likely those of you who do, depending upon how you intend to use your knife. For those of you who notice such a difference, it will be nice to know that the Wusthof Classic is available in any of those three sizes.
I told you at the beginning of this page that I would be including some sub-par knives in the honorable mentions – this is not one of those knives. In fact, this Wusthof was actually close to making its way into the Top Three Choices.
Forged of high-carbon stainless steel, this knife means business. The very fact that it was forged makes it much stronger than its pressed competitors. Its high carbon content means that this blade will stay sharp for much longer than its stainless steel competitors, and that it will sharpen much easier. The stainless steel alloys in this blade mean that it is rust-resistant and can even withstand the high-moisture environment of a dishwasher.
This knife’s blade has been triple-riveted into its handle, offering better balance and durability. Unfortunately, this knife does not feature an end cap to counterbalance the weight of the blade. However, it does feature a metal bolster between the handle and the blade to assist with this balance issue and to allow for fine control.
Orblue Stainless Steel Serrated Bread Slicer
The Orblue Serrated slicer features a stainless steel handle and a rather flexible, eight-inch stainless steel blade. Although I love that this knife features a one-piece design, I worry that its steel handle may become slippery rather easily, despite the fact that it is textured. Of course, I don’t anticipate many people experiencing slippery hands when working with a bread knife, but I do caution people to be careful using this knife if they regularly experience sweaty palms.
Both the handle and the blade are 100 percent dishwasher-friendly. This should come as a great relief to anyone with a busy lifestyle who finds himself or herself unable to stand around hand washing dishes. However, an unfortunate downside with any stainless steel blade, this one included, is that it must be sharpened much more frequently than its high-carbon steel counterparts.
Of all the bread knives reviewed on this page, this is the only one which features a one-piece design. No need to worry about the instability of plastic and wooden handles with this Orblue knife. The one-piece design of this bread knife means that it will never come apart under pressure. You may think that the one-piece design would also cause this to be a rather heavy knife, but consumers say that the handle is actually well-balanced – heavy enough to offer good control but not so heavy as to cause wrist fatigue. The shape of this knife’s handle offers further to your ability to capture a solid grip and maintain excellent control over it.
This knife’s deep, scalloped serrations may create a bit of a mess as they tear through hard crusts, but are likely to accomplish any bread or cake slicing job with ease. Interestingly, although many popular knives feature blades which have been sharpened on both sides, this Orblue’s blade has been sharpened only on its left side, making it perfect for left-handed individuals. Although right-handed people will still be able to make use of this knife, they just may struggle a little in attempting to do so.
Victorinox 47547 10.25-Inch Wavy Bread Knife
This mid-priced bread knife features wavy scallops which are best used with soft foods. I believe that this knife will be perfect for slicing through soft breads and delicate baked goods without pulling them apart and leaving behind jagged edges and a mountain of crumbs. However, I must caution that this knife may experience difficulty trying to make its way through a hard crust. Therefore, I would recommend it for those people who often find themselves cutting through delicate, soft, and moist baked goods, but not those who need a baguette or French loaf-cutting knife.
I am sad to have to admit that I am really disappointed in this knife’s handle. It is too short to offer proper control. It is too flat to offer a comfortable grip. It has been constructed from plastic, which makes it extremely light, but does not feature any sort of end cap or metal bolster to offset the weight of the blade. I worry about how difficult it would be to control this knife when trying to make precision cuts.
Adding further to this worry is the fact that a large handful of consumers have complained that this knife’s blade is far too flimsy to support precision cuts. If you are simply looking for a bread knife which will cut through bread and do not care about precision cuts, this knife appears to be built well enough to satisfy your needs.
J. A. Henckels International Fine Edge Pro
At first glance, this J. A. Henckels bread knife is incredibly impressive for its extremely affordable price. Its high-carbon stainless steel blade is solid, yet flexible enough to carry out the precision slicing tasks for which quality bread knives have come to be known. This blade is rather easy to sharpen and will stay sharp for longer than other competing metals, such as stainless steel.
The blade features deep, scalloped serrations which should cut smoothly through anything from soft, moist cake to hard crusty loaves of bread. The blade is full tang and has been triple-riveted into the polypropylene (plastic) handle, creating excellent strength and offering significantly to balance of this knife.
The handle itself is a good size and shape for a solid and comfortable grip. The entire ensemble is dishwasher safe, though I do recommend hand washing it. The high heat used for drying in a dishwasher may eventually dry out and crack the handle. Also, the high moisture environment may have a negative effect on the high-carbon stainless steel blade as time goes on. So, as I said, this appears to be a rather impressive knife overall, especially when its affordable price is considered.
Unfortunately, consumers have reported, in staggering numbers, that these knives have not been manufactured to the quality one would expect from a company such as J. A. Henckels. Many people have reported receiving knives which were not put together well and whose blades had not been filed down properly.
Therefore, so long as you are willing to put up with the possibility of having to return your knife and wait for a replacement knife (possibly more than once), you may find yourself happily cutting through cake and breads with a quality knife at a bargain price. However, if you are not willing to chance the possible disappointment of working through a hassle to get your hands on a quality version of this knife, I suggest moving on and purchasing a different one.
Victorinox Cutlery 9-Inch Wavy Edge Bread Knife
I must say that, for its price, I am quite impressed with this Victorinox knife. In fact, I am even more impressed with this knife than I was with the J. A. Henckels knife I reviewed above. For a surprisingly low price, this knife features a high-carbon stainless steel blade, designed to hold its edge for longer than any regular stainless steel competitor. The blade’s large scalloped serrations should easily cut through both soft, moist cakes and hard, crunchy breads with ease.
Its unique ergonomic design places the handle higher than the blade to prevent you from having to twist your wrist when cutting to the very bottom of a loaf of cake – there will always be room for you knuckles beneath the handle.
The Fibrox plastic handle may not be the most durable handle available on today’s market, but it is dishwasher-friendly and is part of why this knife is so affordable. The handle itself has been shaped to allow a comfortable grip and features a plastic bolster for extra finger protection.
Making Your Selection
I sincerely hope that this page has assisted you in your decision-making process. Remember to weigh your own personal needs against the qualities of any knife you purchase. If you haven’t quite managed to make a decision yet or if you require more information, don’t forget to head over to our Buying Guide for valuable information and assistance in selecting the perfect bread knife for your needs.