Cheap bread knife opinions?

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  1. Mar 19, 2019 #1

    Ruso

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    I am looking into "cheap" bread knife.
    The options I am considering are:
    Victorinox 10.25 inch
    Tojiro 235mm F-737
    Wusthoff Pro 9inch

    Are there any real world performance difference in this price range? Or just get the longest/prettiest one, because all will perform around same.
     
  2. Mar 19, 2019 #2

    Michi

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    In terms of value for money, this one is hard to beat:

    https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70283519/

    For a bread knife, I don't really see any important performance differences. Bread is soft, except for the bit of crust on some breads. It'll take an awful lot of bread cutting to dull the blade, so you might as well buy what you like.

    Longer is useful though. For larger round loaves, 10 or 11 inches is nice.
     
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    JustinP

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    Cheap? Dexter Russell. $20ish from a supply store. I'm a fan of offset handles for bread knives.
     
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    I have the Tojiro...it's an $18 slicing machine.
    It's thin and a little flexy, but it will slice through soft or hard loaves with ease.
    Cuts much better than my previous Wusthof or Zwillings...
     
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    Yea, the Tojiro was the best $15 I’ve ever spent on a knife.
     
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  6. Mar 19, 2019 #6

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    I use a victorinox at work daily, regularly slicing over 100 slices of homemade sourdough loaves at a time.
    It makes me wonder whether I'd ever appreciate any benefit of a knife costing several times more - especially as I prefer it less-than-sharp, as I use the same knife to cut a lot of rolls into my hand as well.
     
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  7. Mar 20, 2019 #7

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    Curved vic is great knife for the money. It's incredibly thin and was a perfect complement to a Gude breadsword.
     
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    Just Ordered Tojiro 235mm. Kinda looked the “prettiest” to me and for the price if it sucks, not a big deal.
    Thanks all for the input.
     
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    Curved Vic is some of the best dollar to value I’ve ever spent.
     
  10. Mar 21, 2019 #10

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    I use a dexter russel offset breadknife. Love it, though it's nothing to look at. The thing is made to work. If you're in the US you can get it for $13 from web restaurant store.
     
  11. Mar 21, 2019 #11

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    This is my fave

    $50 tojiro 215mm bread knife. Triple riveted and full bolster. It’s basically a serrated sujihiki in terms of shape.
     
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    JustinP

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    For like $3 more you can upgrade to the "fancy" wooden handle.
     
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    Keith Sinclair

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    Depends on your use. Hard to beat the Vic. 10.25 as a stacked sandwich blade including designer clubs.:)
     
  14. Mar 21, 2019 #14

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    How cheap can the rosewood handle be had for these days I wonder?
     
  15. Mar 22, 2019 #15

    Keith Sinclair

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    Amazon rosewood handle Vic 10.25 curve blade is 63.98. Last time I bought was still Forschner same blade. You can sharpen them, I used to sharpen for the front line pantry lady. Cutting sandwiches all day for a busy Plumeria Ocean side dining.
     
  16. Mar 22, 2019 #16

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    Yeah, the tojiro I mentioned earlier is actually cheaper, but also shorter. I like the 215mm sujihiki profile tojiro. Takes up very little room on a busy line.
     

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