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The Best Serrated Bread Knives of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of Shun DM0705 Classic 9-Inch Bread Knife
Best Overall

Shun DM0705 Classic 9-Inch Bread Knife

A joy to use, absolutely acing our tests and earning an unprecedented perfect score, slicing through crusty baguette like butter while soft bread falls into perfect slices. Read More

Pros

  • Excellent at cutting bread
  • Gorgeous design
  • Perfect score

Cons

  • Expensive
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Editor's Choice Product image of Mercer Culinary Millennia 10-Inch Wide Bread Knife
Best Value

Mercer Culinary Millennia 10-Inch Wide Bread Knife

Proof that good things don't always come in fancy packages. The design may be a bit boring, but the performance completely impresses. Read More

Pros

  • Slices clean
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Unattractive design
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Product image of Tojiro F-737 235mm Bread Slicer

Tojiro F-737 235mm Bread Slicer

It felt silly using such a long blade on tiny tomatoes, but the slices were precise nonetheless, and its performance was strong enough to keep it high on our list. Read More

Pros

  • Thin, flexible blade
  • Comfortable blade
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Very long
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Product image of Victorinox 47549 Serrated Bread Knife w/ Fibrox Handle

Victorinox 47549 Serrated Bread Knife w/ Fibrox Handle

The design places your grip a bit further back, giving an extra inch of cutting space. That helped it hold its own, as newer cooks might find its profile less intimidating. Read More

Pros

  • Comfortable handle
  • Slightly flexible blade

Cons

  • Shorter blade
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Product image of Zwilling J.A. Henckels / Miyabi Kaizen 9 1/2-Inch Bread Knife

Zwilling J.A. Henckels / Miyabi Kaizen 9 1/2-Inch Bread Knife

While it performed admirably on most tests, we felt it was too expensive to justify its performance. We’d look elsewhere if buying as a stand-alone piece. Read More

Pros

  • Gorgeous blade
  • Good for sandwiches

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Expensive
  • Struggles with soft bread

Most of us really only need three knives: A good chef's knife, essential for general chopping tasks; a paring knife to handle precision work; and a serrated blade. While many call it a bread knife, it's actually capable of doing much more than just slicing bread. Those jagged blades bite into hard and squishy foods alike, making quick work of tough-skinned fruits like pineapple, sawing through hearty vegetables like butternut squash, and creating perfectly thin slices of juicy ripe tomatoes. If you’ve ever used a dull serrated knife, you’ll appreciate the joy that accompanies using a well-honed knife, like our top pick the Shun DM0705 Classic 9-Inch Bread Knife (available at Amazon for $169.95), which blasts any competition.

For a long time, I held steadfast to the belief that all serrated knives are the same when it came to performance. After all, a serrated blade is a serrated blade, right? Not only that, but since these knives can’t be sharpened at home, I figured you should probably buy a cheap one. I’m happy to report that, after doing this research, my mind has completely changed. I was shocked to find that every blade was unique, each one with a number of pros and perhaps a few cons. And, while some of the knives I’d rather avoid are on the less expensive range of the spectrum, I never would have guessed that an expensive knife would actually come out on top.

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The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Best Overall
Shun DM0705 Classic 9-Inch Bread Knife

If I’m being completely honest, I used to laugh at line cooks who bought the Shun DM0705 Classic 9-Inch Bread Knife. “You spent how much money on a knife that you can’t sharpen?” As it turns out, the joke’s on me: This Japanese steel knife was a joy to use, absolutely acing our tests and earning an unprecedented perfect score. It sliced through crusty baguette like butter and the soft bread fell into perfect slices on the cutting board. The blade moved effortlessly through the tomatoes, barely requiring any sawing motion at all. In addition to a high-performing, ultra-sharp blade, this knife is also completely gorgeous with a Damascus finish and an ebony PakkaWood handle. It might cost a pretty penny, but Shun also has a reputation for creating blades with razor-sharp edges that stay that way for years.

Pros

  • Excellent at cutting bread

  • Gorgeous design

  • Perfect score

Cons

  • Expensive

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Best Value
Mercer Culinary Millennia 10-Inch Wide Bread Knife

The Mercer Culinary Millennia 10-Inch Wide Bread Knife is proof that good things don't always come in fancy packages. This brand is a major supplier of culinary school knife kits (I had a set of these knives back in the day). While you'll find the design to be a bit boring, its performance completely impresses. In fact, this budget-priced knife almost outperformed our top pick! I was pleasantly surprised by perfectly clean slices of the soft sandwich bread, a task most of the knives could not do. It certainly won't be a showpiece, but if you’re looking for a knife that can perform without breaking the bank, this is the one for you.

Pros

  • Slices clean

  • Affordable

Cons

  • Unattractive design

Product image of Tojiro F-737 235mm Bread Slicer
Tojiro F-737 235mm Bread Slicer

There's a lot to like about the Tojiro Bread Slicer 235mm F-737. It's the only knife we chose that features an ultra-thin, flexible blade and a wooden handle, features I thought would work against it. I assumed the handle would be slippery and the blade wouldn't have the strength to keep up with other knives. Instead, the simple handle is comfortable and the blade excels at gripping into crusty bread, making exceptionally straight slices that won't crush the crumb at all. It may feel a little silly using such a long blade on tiny tomatoes, but the slices fall with precision nonetheless. Considering it's up against so many expensive knives, the Tojiro’s performance is impressive enough to keep it high on our list of favorites.

Pros

  • Thin, flexible blade

  • Comfortable blade

  • Affordable

Cons

  • Very long

Product image of Victorinox 47549 Serrated Bread Knife w/ Fibrox Handle
Victorinox 47549 Serrated Bread Knife w/ Fibrox Handle

While I'm generally a fan of 10-inch blades because they are better suited for large boules of bread, this 8-inch knife is a keeper. It has a nice, comfortable handle and a slightly flexible blade that makes great slices across the board. The handle's design places your grip a bit further back than normal, so instead of choking up on the blade butt you may yourself with an extra inch of cutting space. This helps this knife really hold its own against some larger knives, and newer cooks might find the smaller profile less intimidating.

Pros

  • Comfortable handle

  • Slightly flexible blade

Cons

  • Shorter blade

Product image of Zwilling J.A. Henckels / Miyabi Kaizen 9 1/2-Inch Bread Knife
Zwilling J.A. Henckels / Miyabi Kaizen 9 1/2-Inch Bread Knife

The Miyabi Kaizen 9.5-inch Bread Knife is another gorgeous Damascus blade with a sleek look and a smooth finish. While it has no problems slicing through the BLT sandwich, it struggles on the soft sandwich bread and overall felt a little heavy for our liking. While it performs admirably, we feel like it's little expensive to justify the performance. We would be perfectly happy to receive this knife as part of a knife set, but probably prefer seek out another serrated knife if we were buying it as a stand-alone piece.

Pros

  • Gorgeous blade

  • Good for sandwiches

Cons

  • Heavy

  • Expensive

  • Struggles with soft bread

Meet the tester

Lindsay D. Mattison

Lindsay D. Mattison

Professional Chef

@zestandtang

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, food writer, and amateur gardener. She is currently writing a cookbook that aims to teach home cooks how to write without a recipe.

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