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How to Sharpen a Bread Knife?

Published: 26th April 2022

serrated bread knife is one of the most important tools in any kitchen. It is used for slicing bread, bagels, rolls, and other bakery products. A sharp bread knife is essential for getting clean, even slices. A dull bread knife can crush bread and make it difficult to slice.

A serrated bread knife has a long, sharp blade with saw-like teeth called serrations. The serrations help the blade grip the bread and make it easier to slice through crusts.

As you might imagine the uniqueness of the knife blade which you can find ona high quality serrated knife means that they need to be sharpened differently from your standard flat blades that you might have

Why do we use a serrated blade for slicing bread?

The serrated blade is ideal for slicing bread because it can grip the crust and slice through the soft inside without crushing it. The serrations on the blade also make it easier to saw through tougher crusts.


What causes a bread knife to go dull?

Bread knives dull for a number of reasons. The main reason is that some bread is very hard to slice due to the thickness of the crust. Bread has a crusty exterior and a soft interior. When you slice through the crust, it puts a lot of pressure on the blade. Over time, this pressure can cause the blade to become dull.

Another reason that serrated knives dull is that they are often used on other foods besides bread. For example, if you use your bread knife to cut through tough meats or vegetables, it will quickly become a dull knife.



What is the best way to sharpen a serrated knife?

There are several ways to sharpen serrated knives. The best way to sharpen a bread knife is with a ceramic sharpening rod or diamond sharpener. A sharpening rod is a long, thin rod that is used to realign the blade of a knife. A diamond sharpener is a handheld tool that has a small diamond-coated wheel. The diamond sharpener will quickly sharpen the blade of the bread knife.

To sharpen a bread knife, start by holding the honing rod or diamond sharpener in your dominant hand. Position the blade of the bread knife at a 20-degree angle to the honing rod. Slowly draw the blade down the length of the honing rod. Repeat this process several times.

If you are using a diamond sharpener, hold the tool in your dominant hand and position the blade of the bread knife at a 20-degree angle to the diamond wheel. Gently push the blade down onto the diamond wheel and then pull it back towards you. Repeat this process several times.

Once you have sharpened the blade, test it on a piece of bread to make sure it is slicing cleanly. If the blade is still not cutting cleanly, repeat the sharpening process.

As you might imagine, each of the bevelled serrations will need to be sharpened individually. Serrated knife sharpening can be a bit more time consuming than regular knives but it's all worth it to see your serrated bread knives slicing through bread with ease.


Can you sharpen a serrated knife with a regular knife sharpener?

No, you cannot sharpen a serrated knife with a regular knife sharpener. A serrated knife has a different type of blade, and it must be sharpened with a special tool.


How to sharpen a bread knife with a diamond cone?

To sharpen a serrated knife with a diamond cone, hold the cone in your dominant hand and position the blade of the bread knife at a 20-degree angle to the tip of the cone. Slowly draw the blade down the length of the cone. Repeat this process several times. Once you have sharpened the blade, test it on a piece of bread to make sure it is slicing cleanly. If the blade is still not cutting cleanly, repeat the sharpening process.


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Shane Jones

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Hi, I'm Shane the person behind bakesomebread.com

I've been baking bread for about 10 years now and ever since mastering sourdough bread in 2020 I've decided to branch out into discovering every type of bread imaginable.

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