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Tom Douglas by Pinzon Kai 8-Inch Bread Knife


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  • Long 8-inch blade with triangular tip best for bread slicing
  • Serrated blade cuts through tough crusts without undue pressure
  • Made of high-carbon stainless steel for superior edge retention
  • Nonslip black polymer handle provides control, comfort, and reduced hand fatigue
  • Dishwasher-safe; made in Japan

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  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001VNC648
  • Item model number: 9960TD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,444 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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From the Manufacturer

Award-winning chef-restaurateur Tom Douglas, renowned cutlery manufacturer Kai, and Amazon.com introduce a line of superior cutlery that will inspire home chefs and build confidence in the kitchen. This eight-inch bread knife is ideal for cutting long and round loaves, and soft-skinned foods such as tomatoes and plums. The long blade’s pronounced serration cuts through tough crusts without undue pressure. Tom Douglas by Pinzon cutlery is made of high-carbon stainless-steel for excellent edge retention, and each blade is honed to a shaving-sharp edge. Co-polymer handles, with bolsters, provide a comfortable grip and reduce hand fatigue. Combine this versatile bread knife with other knives in the Tom Douglas by Pinzon line, including the chef’s knife, paring knife, santoku knife, and boning knife, all manufactured by Kai. These knives are safe for the dishwasher.

Kai kitchen knives have a 700-year history, with a lineage dating back to Japan’s famous samurai sword-making city of Seki. One principle, nokaji (blacksmith's) spirit, has been consistently upheld by Kai. "The nokaji strives to make blades that are suited to the daily lives of people by bringing to bear on the task all his craftsmanship and all his heart."

Tom's Tips

  • Slice bread or anything with a slippery skin, such as tomatoes, peaches, and plums.
  • The texture of this knife’s handle provides great control.
  • Never scrape a knife across the cutting board. Scraping dulls your knife quickly. Gather your prep with a board scraper.
About Tom Douglas

Tom Douglas is an American chef, restaurateur, and writer. He is well known for helping to define Northwest cuisine and igniting the Seattle restaurant scene, winning the James Beard Award for Best Northwest Chef in 1994. Since 1989, Tom has opened five of Seattle’s most popular restaurants: Dahlia Lounge; the Greek-inspired Lola; Serious Pie pizzeria; Palace Kitchen; and Pike Place Market’s iconic seafood restaurant, Etta’s. He also owns Dahlia Bakery, famous for its Triple Coconut Cream Pie.

Tom is the author of Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen, named Best American Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation, Tom's Big Dinners, and I Love Crab Cakes! He bested Masaharu Morimoto in an episode of Iron Chef America and was named 2008 Bon Appétit Restaurateur of the Year.

Tom is currently working with Amazon.com on an exclusive line of kitchen and dining products, aimed at building confidence in the kitchen.

Visit the Tom Douglas by Pinzon Store to browse his full line of Tom Douglas by Pinzon products, discover Tom's all-time favorite cookbooks, and find delicious recipes to make with his kitchen products.


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Feels nice to hold and fits well in the hand.
James A. Nichols
The Pinzon knife cut beautifully through the bread, leaving a nice smooth slice, plus, you can just feel the smooth glide as the bread moves through a loaf.
Rizzo {。^◕◕^。}
Bagels - it cut evenly and left few crumbs. bread -worked great I also used it on fruit and was great.
Mr and Mrs Michael Alexander

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By The Matrix Fan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 30, 2010
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Here's a video of me using the knife for the first time, right out of the box.

I use it on 3 kinds of bread, a peach and a tomato, then I show you what it looks like after going through the dishwasher.

Enjoy!

Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments section.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. McAdams VINE VOICE on January 27, 2010
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There is not much which can be said about any tool which has only one or two functions. Hammers pound nails, wrenches tighten bolts, and knives cut.

In our home, we use the Wüsthof brand of knives, and we have always been quite happy with them. They are extremely sharp, and well made.

So, I thought I would do a comparison, side-by-side video of the Tom Douglas by Pinzon Kai serrated bread knife, against the serrated bread knife by Wüsthof which we already have.

The video shows the Tom Douglas knife being taken out of its original packaging. It then shows it cutting quite nicely into a loaf of standard French bread. The Wüsthof knife is then taken out and shown to the camera, and then a similar cut is made.

I was able to make both cuts quickly, and with the level of control I expect from higher level cutlery. As far as cut quality goes, I can't tell any difference between the two knives. Maybe a professional chef can, but I can't.

The only real different between the knives that I can tell, is that the Tom Douglas knife has a very nice rubber grip for the handle, whereas the Wüsthof knife just has a hard plastic grip. So, if that matters to you, the Tom Douglas knife does have that advantage over the Wüsthof knife.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer VINE VOICE on March 24, 2011
I have wanted a good bread knife for a LONG time, but I just didn't want to fork out the bucks for the matcher to my set (Wusthof Grand Prix II 8-Inch Bread Knife) so when I saw this offered as the Lightning deal, I had to get it.

I was super excited to try it, but of course wanted to give it a cursory wash before using. Unfortunately, I wasn't paying attention and sliced into my finger (requiring five stitches at the ER)...so PLEASE BE SUPER CAREFUL AS THIS KNIFE IS SUPER SHARP! Yeah yeah yeah, "knives are sharp" is not a new idea...but I have used and cleaned sharp knives for 20 years and never had a cut this bad. So if it can happen to me, it can happen to you.

That said, this knife is pure awesome. It cuts through my favorite Roasted Garlic Sourdough from Costco like a hot knife through butter. I have plenty of other knives for fruits and veggies, so I have no big need to try this knife for those things...but as long as it cuts my bread (and not my finger again) I will be a happy camper!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 1.21 Gigawatts on January 24, 2011
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I felt compelled to write a review of this knife. I bought it as a gift and have had the pleasure to use it myself from time to time. I've used plenty of more expensive bread knives in my day and without a doubt this beats every one of them. I am very impressed with the cut and how easily it takes on multiple bread textures and consistencies. It feels good in the hand and can handle the most delicate of cuts. The only drawback to me is the handle, I'm not a fan of the rubbery texture. However it in no way detracts from the overall love I have of this essential kitchen tool. I'm going to have to get myself one now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George C. on December 25, 2010
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This knife slices bread better than the knife that came in my modest priced European set and another older "stamped out" bread knife. Can slice hard crusts and thin slices if needed. Would recommend for home bread makers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jody VINE VOICE on February 8, 2010
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This knife rocks! I have a fancy expensive serrated bread knife, compared to my new Tom Douglas by Pinzon knife, it is not nearly as efficient. The Pinzon Knife has an easier grip and begins slicing through crusts and skins with less effort than the over-priced knife. Also, kudos to dishwasher safe, great bonus.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By eyecore on January 31, 2010
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There are not many pros and cons you can really give a knife. As long as it does its job - cuts - for the most part, it's a success. However, having owned several bread knives, this one does shine above others.

First, the ergonomics of the handle. Compared to Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition 10-Inch Serrated Bread/Slicing Knife, this knife has a lot nicer feel in the hand. At first, the somewhat rubberized (nonstick) grip seems odd, as I haven't had a knife with this type of handle, but after using it, it's easier to control and feels more natural.

Another comparison, the bread knife in the Ginsu 14-Piece Stainless Knife Set with Block does a fine job cutting, but its overall heft, while feeling "sturdy/quality," it really doesn't lend itself well for cutting. A heavy knife certainly isn't needed (or desired) when cutting bread.

Between those two knives, this one wins hands-down. And it cuts very, very nicely, too. (I would like to point out, however, that I haven't had any problems with actual cutting or the blades of the others, though.)

Overall: a great cutting knife that feels a lot better to hold than others. And when you're dealing with a sharp hunk of metal, how comfortable it is certainly makes a difference.

*Update 3/21/2010: While designated a bread knife, this also has the uncanny ability to slice through fingertips as if they were bread...or butter.*
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