Victorinox Swiss Army 10-1/4-Inch Fibrox Wavy Bread Knife, Black
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I was not surprised at the performance of this knife. Victorinox knives seem to deliver more than you'd expect at the price ... way more.

I learned about the brand when the 8" chef's knife was recommended by Cooks' Magazine. I own the Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook's Knife that they rate as the best of the best. I wanted to give my girlfriend a good chef's knife and took the magazine's recommendation of the Victorinox Swiss Army 8-Inch Fibrox Straight Edge Chef's Knife as being a great performer at a fraction of the price. They were right and it remains the best knife in her kitchen.

This bread knife is every bit the value the chef's knife is. It arrives in a plastic sleeve that will help protect it if you keep it loose in a drawer. The blade looks fabulous! The polish is smoother than any of my Wustof knives. The fibrox handle is more functional than beautiful, providing a comfortable grip that will resist slipping.

It's worth noting the markings on the blade. First is the Victorinox name and shield. Then an oval with "Victorinox, extra quality, Swiss Made". There are a couple of numbers (5.2933.26 identifies it as a "pastry saw" or "pastry knife" depending on where you look it up, and 40547, the Forschner product number). Finally, this knife has the NSF Mark, which I understand to mean: Cleanability is part of the design and construction, and the materials used are non-toxic, durable, cleanable, and resistant to corrosion.

This knife is quite comfortable to use. It is light but not flimsy. There's a bit of flex in the blade, but not too much. The serration is shallower in an Ikea Made-in-China bread knife I had been using. The moulded handle completely encloses the tang.

The ultimate test of a knife, of course, is how it cuts. And the answer is ... yes, it does! Cutting a piece of cake was a piece of cake. A crusty boule of artisan bread sliced like olive oil (you wouldn't serve butter with this bread). And a demi baguette of French bread provided additional proof of the functionality of this tool. In no case was the bread crushed in the course of slicing. Both the boule and baguette easily rendered perfect 1/4" thick slices.

In summary, it looks good, it feels good, it cuts superbly, it's a great value. This bread knife is recommended without reservations.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2012
Not only is this an excellent bread knife it's also a marvelous all purpose knife. Yes, it has a stamped steel blade. Some may find it too flexible, but when cutting through crusty bread it makes fewer crumbs and a neater slice. If you don't have another sharp knife it also does a fine job of slicing fruits and tomatoes.

After a chef's knife I'd consider it the next knife on your shopping list. I should mention Cook's Illustrated highly regards the Victorinox knives with the Fibrox handle. We have several Victorinox/Forschner knives in our knife block and we reach for them more often than more expensive forged knives. The 12" slicer is another knife I feel every kitchen should have.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 27, 2012
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This knife has quickly become a favorite in my household. It is deadly sharp and has cut through quite a few types of bread so far with no tearing of the bread and little effort. The 10.25" blade is great for the farmhouse style round loaves of bread -- you can cut across the entire loaf quite easily with this knife.

Beyond bread, we have used this knife for a few types of squash (spaghetti, butternut, etc.) and have had great success. Normally squash is a nightmare to cut, but this knife is so sharp that it makes it an easy task to accomplish.

The handle is great, even when your hand is a bit wet or greasy from cooking. The weight of this knife is also fairly light, which makes it really easy to handle, as well.

While this is really not an everyday knife for us, it is a handy knife that we use often and for various purposes. We love it and look forward to enjoying it for years to come. Great product!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2013
I hung up my chef's coat for the Tech field long ago but these knives have been with me since then. I have had to touch them up with a steel once or twice a year but they really hold their edge. These knives leave the rest of the knives collecting dust! You get this knife and it will last even in a professional kitchen being used all day.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
We have had a Chicago cutlery bread knife for years. It worked well but the wooden handle was aging and the teeth were getting so dull it was more squishing bread than cutting it. Looking for a new one we decided to go with Victorinox. We love the brand, have had a chef's knife from them for 25 years and it's held up fabulous, some steak knives for about as long, so we bought the bread knife.

The nice large size of the blade means it can cut through long loaves like out of the bread machine, or those big round harvest loaves. It cuts soft squishy bread and dense heavy whole wheat bread with equal ease. Cutting through a chewy crust or a shatteringly crisp crust doesn't give it a pause, and yet it cuts through soft delicate buttermilk bread leaving a beautiful height and crumb still intact.

The handle is comfortable for all of us, from the smallest hand to the largest, and the slicing action is easy and clean.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 25, 2012
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During a camping trip I was looking to slice up some bread rolls but realized I didn't have a bread knife in my camper. No good since I cannot abide by not having the correct knife for the job. My bread knife at home is a Wusthof but I couldn't rationalize spending another 130$ on something I was going to use only a few times a month. At under 30$ this seemed like the perfect knife for the occasional use. It's quite large and perfect for the large dense rolls I have been getting at a local bread store. Easy to clean and feels perfect in my hand. This knife is neither too light nor too heavy which I was concerned about with a knife at this price point. It has thus far been very nice and sharp and I've been using it for around three months. At 30$ you can't go wrong with this knife.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2014
My knives are Henckels so that said, I’m picky. The reviews on this knife convinced me to give it a go. The cons, it does cut at an angle due to a one sided blade. The pros, GREAT knife! I had a 10” Henckel bread knife that I loved for about a year then it dulled. I’ve had this knife for about 2 yrs now and wow, it’s a fine knife! It feels nice in your hand but light, feels cheap. But alas my kitchen friends, the blade lasts like ginzu wishes. LOL I’ve cut bread, roasts, veggies and ice with it and it’s as sharp today as 2 yrs ago!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2014
we use this knife for nearly everything. be careful...it is VERY sharp. we used to be able to buy it at a store nearby...but it came in the mail quickly!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2015
Got this knife because I bake my own bread at home. My old 8 inch Henkel's bread knife wasn't long enough for my bread slicer guide so had to upgrade to this 10+ inch Victorinox. I'm extremely satisfied with this knife. It's very sharp and even cuts well through partially cooled bread. As folks who bake bread know, partially cooled bread tends to smash while cutting with a duller blade. Also makes quick work of bagels!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2014
This is a BIG knife - larger than I expected. But it also showed me what I was putting up with with the tiny 6" knife I was using before. This thing will tear through any bread without breaking a sweat, and the slight curve means you'll be able to go all the way through the bottom of even the crustiest breads without rotating or flipping. Even if you already have a bread knife, you'll probably want this one too. Just be sure you have a place to store it, since it may not fit in your knife block!
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