The best part is, you don't need to spend a fortune. Don't bother with Henckels ($67.95?!) and Global ($79.00?!!?). And don't even consider something like the Shun Elite at a whopping $189.95? Forgeddabowdit. You will never find knives like these in a chef's kitchen.
This is one time when you can be frugal. A bread knife rarely, if ever, needs to be sharpened. As long as it's not flimsy and has a good handle (and no one uses it to cut through wire or branches as often happens in our kitchen), it will last decades. The pros don't waste their money; neither should you.
Here are a few good, inexpensive bread knives:
- Chef Cutlery Classic Series 8" Bread Knife at Bridge Kitchenware for $23.00
- Dexter 8" Bread Knife also at Bridge Kitchenware for $20.95
- Sanelli 9.5" Bread Knife at Broadway Panhandler for$29.95
- Kershaw Komachi 8" Bread Knife at Chef's Resource for $19.95
- And if you must have something that looks expensive, try the Chef's Planet 10" Bread Knife - all stainless steel for only $29.99 (originally $80.00).