After Seeing This Old-School Diner Trick, You’ll Never Cut a Sandwich the Same Way Again

published May 14, 2024
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It seems like everyone has an opinion about how to cut a sandwich. Some are bold enough to say that the correct way to cut a sandwich is a diagonal cut to create two triangles. Others would prefer to simply cut it right down the center, maybe because that’s a method a parent always used at home. There are even a few who would argue for two diagonal cuts across a sandwich to create four small triangle sandwich pieces. And yet, out of all of these sandwich-cutting possibilities, the idea of cutting the sandwich into thirds might have never crossed your mind — until now. According to a post that went viral on X, it looks like a lot of people have an opinion about this particular cut.

When Ryan Duff posted a picture of his lunch, which happened to be a sandwich cut into thirds (it looks like an upside-down peace sign), other sandwich aficionados took notice. “Practice makes perfect,” he wrote. “I went the ham and cheese route today.” Since he posted on May 1, the photo of a tri-cut, no-frills sandwich on a plate has gotten 19.2 million views, with 288 comments and 2,300 reposts.

Jokingly called the “Duff Cut” labeled after Ryan’s last name, it seems many are finding this particular way of cutting a sandwich to be far superior to any other sandwich-cutting method. “I cut my sandwich like this today, and I’ll be honest. You really did something here,” writes X user @throeingit. “Glad to see some love for this cut. Some diners do it, and [it’s] been a nice staple for about at least 20 years,” writes user @paulporowski.

Could Ryan Duff really be on to something here? He claims that this particular sandwich-cutting method “makes the bite and crust more proportionate.” Upon closer inspection, it also seems that this sandwich would be easier to eat. These smaller sections put the center of the sandwich at the forefront, making it easy to eat the good stuff in the middle before getting into the crust at the end. But if you want the crust in your bite, it seems you can start on the side and get a good ratio of middle to crust. 

What do you think: Will you try the “Duff Cut” on your next sandwich? If you’re curious, give it a go with one of these hearty sandwich recipes for lunch!