Quantcast

Bread Knife?

Kitchen Knife Forums

Help Support Kitchen Knife Forums:

Dave Martell

Forum Founder
Professional Craftsman
Joined
Feb 27, 2011
Messages
14,068
Reaction score
965
Location
Airville, PA
I've been asked to make serrated bread knives for years by many people and I always answer with a "sorry - not going to happen". I feel like this type of thing is a small market but maybe I'm wrong, what do you folks say?

If I was going to make them I would basically serrate a suji. That'd be a 300mm Martell style suji patterned no-flex serrated bread knife. Does that sound attractive to you?

Would my custom maker price point kill it?

On serration pattern, would you prefer the typical pointed tooth German style or the Japanese (wavy) reverse scallop like seen on MACs?

I'd love to get some feedback on this, any opinions welcome, thanks! :)
 

Bensbites

Senior Member
Joined
Feb 21, 2017
Messages
757
Reaction score
289
if people appreciate custom high end chef knives, why not a bread knife? I just sent cad files out to be plasma cut for my own bread knife. The serrations will be plasma cut in, I assume a slight bevel, then sharpening with a chainsaw file should give me a pretty nice bread knife.
 

daveb

Staff member
Administrator
Global Moderators
Joined
Mar 12, 2012
Messages
11,298
Reaction score
3,053
Next up, a Martell / Moritaka collab.😎

Speaking only for myself, I would not drop custom or even off the shelf pro prices for a bread knife. Working with a MAC 2nite and liking it. Gude comes out 2morrow.
 

WildBoar

Home cook, knife accumulator
Founding Member
Supporting Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
4,719
Reaction score
914
Location
NoVa (US)
A bread knife is one of our most used. The scalloped edge of the Tojiro is nice -- sharp points will kill a cutting board. $600 is probably the upper limit. I assume this would be stainless?
 

RockyBasel

Supporting Member
Joined
May 7, 2020
Messages
902
Reaction score
1,071
Location
Switzerland
There is a Samurai Bread knife at Watanabe that I just looked at, but can’t justify the price- typical Watanabe style, it’s a beast 345 mm long, hand forged bread knife, white 2, but I need something that requires less maintenance.

There is also some German guy, forget his name, that sells sword like German bread knives at steep prices, but they look destructive- name will come to me eventually
 

daveb

Staff member
Administrator
Global Moderators
Joined
Mar 12, 2012
Messages
11,298
Reaction score
3,053
MAC Superior. I like it a little more than the Tojiro ITK.
 

dafox

Supporting Member
Joined
May 27, 2017
Messages
1,549
Reaction score
580
Location
Colorado
 

RockyBasel

Supporting Member
Joined
May 7, 2020
Messages
902
Reaction score
1,071
Location
Switzerland
The daitoku aogami, forged bread knife is also interesting. Almost got it, but will also look at Tojiro

Here is a pic of the Daitoku - looks like the Jiro of bread knives

 

Chuckles

Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 20, 2012
Messages
2,035
Reaction score
670
I would love to hear more about this. I would say it should be in the Tojiro/Mac style. CPM154 would be my choice unless resharpening is doable at home. A serrated knife with a patina would be cool. I would prefer a western handle. Like this one but serrated:

7AD1782D-06FA-4082-B28B-1EC0843CD19B.jpeg


Pricing would obviously be a factor but I am highly interested.

The scallops would have to be added after heat treat right?
 

Dave Martell

Forum Founder
Professional Craftsman
Joined
Feb 27, 2011
Messages
14,068
Reaction score
965
Location
Airville, PA
I would add the serrations/scallops after heat treat.

I'd use CPM154 as my choice for the steel although if someone wanted a 52100 bread knife I'd go there too. ;)
 

panda

O.G.
Supporting Member
Joined
Dec 3, 2012
Messages
7,956
Reaction score
2,236
Location
south florida
expensive ass bread knife... if you do make one, you should make sure there is plenty of curve in the profile.
 

Jville

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 2, 2018
Messages
1,290
Reaction score
610
Hmmm. Im interested maybe I would buy, maybe i wouldnt. I am due to replace my 20+ year old Mercer.
 

Jville

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 2, 2018
Messages
1,290
Reaction score
610
I would want to be able to sharpen it confidently or if i could send it to you to sharpen for free as part of the deal, i might be down.
 
Top