Choosing a Knife for Sourdough Bread

In this guide, I’ll go through each of the properties of a good bread knife and explain in more detail what you need to be looking for in an effective bread knife, along with some of my top picks that tick all the boxes.

Using the wrong type of knife, not only makes it difficult to slice your bread, but it also ruins your crumb.

Serrated Knife Edge

A bread knife always has serrations along the cutting edge. Serrations are needed to be able to ‘saw’ through the hard, crispy crust and soft interior without too much friction

Number of Serrations

Having fewer serrations creates more force into the slicing action, hence making it a more effective bread knife.

Length of the Blade

Most bread knives will be between 7 and 10 inches long give or take a few. But in the case of a knife for slicing crusty bread; the longer the blade, the better.

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