A really inexpensive bread knife.

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  1. Jul 18, 2019 #1

    boomchakabowwow

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    I have one on the way. The reviews of that Mercer 10” bread knife is off the charts. Amazon reviews has more pics and discussions about cut fingers and ER visits than I expected. Super funny.

    I think I have great finger awareness, so I’m not worried. I just could not pull the trigger on a more expensive bread knife. I opted for boring and boring. Add in some boring.

    I bought it for $16 shipped. That’s Mora cheap in the Bushcraft world. Can’t believe I’m anxiously waiting for a sub $20 knife. I had the WORST crap bread knife. I can’t wait to throw it over the fence. (I’m joking )

    I’ll let you know. We have some great bakeries around here. No more hacking up their beautiful loaves.
     
  2. Jul 18, 2019 #2

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    Cheap bread knife is the way to go. I've gone through at least 3 or 4 of the tojiros the last 10 years.
     
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    I use a Dexter bread knife and I love it
     
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    Yup. That’s it.
     
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    Can I ask who are the forger and sharpener? What are your thoughts on the heat treat?
     
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    Victorinox bread knife is fantastic :)
     
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    Victorinox with the first "man-made ivory" from the late 60's or early 70's!
    Not cheap though.
     
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    So, I'd been using the same good old Henckles 4 star bread knife for THIRTY YEARS without considering what the (relative) level of performance might have become?

    Yes, I HAD attempted to sharpen the Henckles bread knife. Successfully, to the point that I did not outright replace the knife, even to the point where a poor woman who shared a kitchen with me ended up in the ER for stitches when she was less than cautious handling that knife (Sorry, Judy!).

    Mercer cheap-O bread knife referenced above arrived from Anazon last Saturday. I unboxed and tried it out today.

    WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?!

    Treat yourself. At this price, you can just buy another instead of even trying to sharpen it.

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    Agree 100%. My last B-knife was a freebie. Just awful.

    Used my new Mercer on a fresh loaf of sourdough. Shocking good. I could cut perfect slices. Each cut was perfectly parallel with the previous slice. I topped my toast with a soft boiled egg, and ate a great breakfast.

    10” is the new minimum length for my bread knives. It’s perfect for a sourdough round.
     
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    I am a big fan of the $20 Tojiro. Cuts like a dream.
     
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    Always interested in cheap, effective tools- Could you add Mfg. product # or a link to the specific knife you liked?

    Thanks!
     
  13. Jul 23, 2019 #13

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    It’s the only Tojiro bread knife on Amazon that’s 20 and under. I like mine too, although sometimes I wish the blade was longer and had some curve.
     
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    I've always wondered why Japanese bread knives seem to be always half/partial tang and never have bolsters. I guess you could just dismiss the question by saying a bread knife doesn't need all that. But still...lol
     
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    Pretty pleased with my opinel, only wish it was a bit longer (21cm). Really like the curvature.
    I occasionally touch it up with a rat tail rod (blasphemy, I know)
     
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