The greatest thing since before sliced bread, it does exactly as it says on the box it comes in – it cuts bread.
Bread knives are one of the most common knife types in a typical kitchen. Looking like a larger version of a utility knife, its large serrated blade is perfect for slicing through piles of sandwiches or rich fruit cakes without crushing them.
The blade can often be quite thick. Remember: you should use a sawing motion with this knife. That’s what gets the work done without crushing.
The handle is traditionally designed to ensure it’s used in such way as to prevent cook’s knuckles from being anywhere near the cutting board when the blade has cut all the way through to the food.
A good bread knife will last you for years. Many people make do with a utility knife, but we think the outlay on a bread knife is money well spent.
Recommended bread knives
This Orblue bread knife has an ultra-sharp traditional serrated edge blade that grips and cuts the bread without shredding it.
Its stainless steel 8-inch blade will slice through thick loaves effortlessly and cleanly, and will easily take care of cake, bagels and pineapples as well.
Moulded from one piece, there are no other parts such as screws, wood or plastic that can move and wear out.
Amazon buyer rating 4.5/5
This brightly-colored beauty is conquering kitchens nationwide. Bright enough to possibly slice bread in poor light – but we don’t recommend it! – you know exactly where the bread knife is in your kitchen.
It can help you color-code so you don’t cross-contaminate, a useful feature should there be a mix of vegetarians and carnivores to be catered for.
The 8-inch reverse scalloped knife’s unique design ensures effortless cutting action, with a high-carbon stainless-steel blade keeping its sharpness. Lightweight, easy to clean and corrosion-resistant, it’s got a 4.6 rating on Amazon out of more than 1500 reviews.
Amazon buyer rating 4.6/5
The Swiss knife superstars have excelled themselves with a range of bread knives of which this is one of the most popular.
Its serrated bolsterless edge allows use of the entire blade, piercing crusty loaves with ease or slicing easily through everything from bread to melons to small delicate fruit and veg without squashing interiors.
The high-carbon stainless blade provides maximum sharpness and edge retention.
Its Fibrox handle is slip-resistant and ergonomically designed for balance and comfort and to reduce wrist tension. It’s perfect for heavy usage and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Amazon buyer rating 4.9/5
This little beauty will slice through everything its ultra-sharp blade will encounter on the cutting board – breads, fruit, veg – with no unsightly and messy tearing.
It’s a spectacularly light bread knife, with a stunning balance and a zirconium powder blade which the manufacturers say will never need sharpening and will never rust or stain. Comes with its own sheath and polishing cloth.
Amazon buyer rating 4.8/5