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Friedr. Dick Premier WACS 8-1/2-Inch Bread Knife
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- 8-1/2-inch fully forged bread knife with antibacterial non-stick coating that's both wear resistant and easy to guide
- Forged from a single piece of high-alloy stainless steel, the blade, bolster and full tang are optimized for weight distribution
- Special hardening technique provides long edge retention as well as protects against wear and tear plus corrosion
- Handle made from durable, food-safe plastic; stylish mother-of-pearl finish
- Hand washing recommended; made in Germany; lifetime warranty
Top Customer Reviews
Excellent materials, including German steel that "rings" like it's auditioning for a Johnny Depp swashbuckler. Proper forged bolster, nicely-riveted handle, great blade curvature, lovely weight and balance.
The teflon is a nice touch, especially for soft, damp breads and non-bread items - this is an excellent tomato knife, for example. The blade also has a really nice extra-sharpened tip.
Cons (my three particular nit-picks first):
I make big, crusty loaves that the knife is sometimes a little too short for.
The scallops are only on one side of the blade, meaning that it doesn't naturally cut straight and is right-handed only, which the description doesn't mention. For the dexterous majority, that's no problem, but for us sinister types, it's a fairly big deal.
I find it too shallow, sometimes scraping my knuckles on the work counter when using thin cutting boards.
I'm not sure how durable the Teflon is: when I did the Johnny Depp "ring" test, I managed to put a ding in it, though I wasn't being remotely rough (or remotely swashbuckling, for that matter).
And finally, back to the sticker shock. I happily shelled out a similar amount for my big Henckels chef's knife, but it's rarely out of my hand when I'm in my kitchen. After writing this, I checked Cooks Illustrated (the definitive source for comparative equipment reviews). They didn't particularly like the (significantly cheaper) F.Read more ›
To be honest, the Kitchenaid works as well today as the day I bought it, never required any sharpening or maintenance, and was a lot cheaper than this knife. That said, this knife is definitely better, due mainly to its curved shape and its nonstick coating. It doesn't change my mind that you should get great chef's and paring knives before splurging on a great bread knife. It does, however, make me realize that a great bread knife is out there and is a wonderful thing to have.
When I unpackaged this knife, I immediately set it to work slicing crusty French bread. The mother of pearl handle is nice looking and ergonomic enough not to slip out of your hands, even if they are a little wet. (It is not a grippy handle, though, like a Fibrox one.) The blade has a dark, nonstick coating applied to it, which looks fabulous and improves performance a little, as you might expect. I noticed that a lot fewer little crumbs clung to it as I cut slice after slice, as compared to my old Kitchenaid. Crumbs sticking to a bread knife are not a huge problem, mind you, but the nonstick coating does help the knife glide smoothly through the bread.Read more ›
My wife is the kitchen master in our house. While she does make fresh bread, she doesn't make it every day. So she experimented with the knife and used it in a variety of situations from finely slicing raw flank steak to chopping cabbage. While it is a great bread knife, it's also a very a great knife in general. The non-stick coating makes it a breeze to clean. The anti-bacterial coating gives me peace of mind. It is thin, has the right weight, and the blade is curved to make bread cutting effortless. It cuts through soft bread without smushing and easily cuts the toughest crust. It's well made and well designed.
In fact, the knife only lost a star because of the packaging. I'm going to attach a picture so you can better see what I'm talking about. The knife comes in a clear soft plastic sleeve. That knife and sleeve is then put in a metal box filled carboard confette. The box and confette are both nice touches that I'm sure came from some marketting conversation on how to make this a better wedding gift. Unfortunately, it they measured the knife and not the knife in it's sleeve when ordering boxes. I assume they realized their mistake and decided it was just good enough!
Because, you see, the solution to the long sleeve issue is to bend the sleeve. But the box isn't much longer than the knife. In my box the sleeve was bent right at the point of the knife. Then in shipping, my box hit a bumpy road or some turbulence. Because of the bend, the sharp point of the knife rubbed against the sleeve and cut it. The knife also slid forward and back in the box which caused the handle to ding one side of the box and the point to poke the other!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having mainly used common, run-of-the-mill knives, I wasn't sure if a $100 knife would be that much of an improvement. Read morePublished on December 23, 2010 by Amazon Customer
This knife is great! I initially only used it on bread (bagels, french bread loafs, etc.) and it cuts smooth, with easy strokes and no tearing for clean cuts. Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by Matt Rodriguez
This has quickly become one of my favorite knives in the kitchen. It is very sharp and has excellent handling. The surface of the knife is coated so it glides through with ease. Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by FoodPornDirector
When I ordered this knife I was a bit uncertain if I would like it. A mother of pearl handle isn't what I'd normally chose. This is not a delicate knife. Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by Michael McKee
Besides being exceptionally functional, this knife is so well designed, with the mother of pearl handle, that it can proudly be displayed on any table. Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by Sasha Q.
This is a tough one. On the one hand you have a beautiful knife with mother of pearl accents and carbon-black blade and on the other you have the ultra high cost. Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by Vynny
There's really no question, for my own taste, that this is an aesthetically appealing knife. From the full tanged handle (albeit plastic) with the mother-of-pearl finish to the... Read morePublished on August 18, 2010 by W. C. Bryant
This is an very nice knife, and the picture doesn't really do it justice. The handle is lovely and the blade both looks great and has been cutting great for me. Read morePublished on August 18, 2010 by B.L.
As a life long consumer of "thick and hard crust" San Francisco sourdough, slicing bread is a daily task. Read morePublished on July 22, 2010 by Amazon Customer