If you're anything like us, then you'll have spent a fair amount of time Googling images and GIFs of "sharp knife cutting tomatoes." We especially like returning to this loop. Is it weird to find it calming and almost … meditative?
But back to matters at hand: the GIF might show an incredibly sharp Japanese chef's knife, but we've found that a serrated knife is pretty much the best tool to easily slice through a tomato's delicate skin without smashing its juicy innards. Its tiny little teeth grip the fruit's skin and slice it without any tearing or pressure, which leaves you with beautifully cut tomato rounds that haven't lost any of their juice. After all, what is summer without perfectly ripe tomatoes topped with brown butter and a scattering of herbs? We've combed through our sources and came up with the three best serrated knives for any budget.
F. Dick Offset Serrated Knife, $24 at Amazon: F. Dick's offset serrated knife comes recommended by the man himself, Anthony Bourdain. It's garnered quite a dedicated following in the culinary world and in his book, Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain describes its use as for the following: "As the handle is not flush with the blade, but raised away from the cutting surface, you can use it not only for your traditional serrated blade needs - like slicing bread, thick-skinned tomatoes and so on - but on your full line of vegetables, spuds, meat, and even fish. My sous-chef uses his for just about everything". Really, at this price we wouldn't dare disagree.
Victorinox Swiss Army Serrated Bread Knife with Fibrox Handle, $35 at Amazon: Our friends over at The Sweet Home "spent over 15 hours researching and testing serrated knives, cutting through 15 crusty bread loaves of varying shapes and sizes, six pounds of ripe tomatoes, four pounds of roast eye round, and 10 roast beef sandwiches" in search of finding the best serrated knife. The clear winner? The Victorinox Swiss Army Serrated Bread Knife which doesn't break the bank at $35 and has a thin, sharp blade that is comfortable to use.
Tojiro Bread Slicer, $59 at Chef Knives to Go: If however, you want to upgrade your knife game, then the Tojiro bread slicer is for you. The Japanese knife is a bit more versatile than the Victorinox "because its scalloped blade also works well as a meat slicer" and it'll give you smooth cuts and while staying sharp for a long time.