In this video from the America’s Test Kitchen YouTube channel, Lisa McManus explains what makes a decent serrated bread knife. After they tested nine different knives ranging from $US20 to $US200 on 23kg of tomatoes, 18 yellow cakes, nine loaves of Challah, 30 rustic loaves of bread, and nine tall BLT sandwiches, here’s what they found:
- Good serrated bread knives should be at least 25cm in length.
- It’s better to have a blade with fewer, broader, and deeper pointed serrations. They’re favourite blade had only 30 serrations, and the worst had 54. Also, rounded serrations don’t work very well.
- Narrower blades of just 16 degrees or less make for a better serrated blade.
- Your bread knife should have a comfortable, grippy handle that feels secure in your hand instead of a smooth handle.
If you’re curious what they chose as their favourite, America’s Test Kitchen went with the fairly cheap Mercer Culinary Millennia 10″ Wide Bread Knife ($US15 ($20)). You can learn more about their testing methods at the link below.