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22 January, 2009

Step aside, Zorro!! A new slashing tool just got added!

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I’d been trying to “make do” for a while with whatever seemed like an acceptable tool for slashing the dough loaves and using a small, very sharp but flat-bladed paring knife acceptable, though not exactly great. 

I knew that a “tomato knife” was a great tool to use because it has the large scallops in the blade which , as seen on Mark’ Back Home Bakery videos, did a very neat, clean cut in one go. But when I went out looking for such a knife, I was rather put off by the cost, about $20 – $25 at the local department stores’ kitchen/cutlery sections. Several stores in fact. Thanks, I think I’ll just save the $25 and buy flour.

However, I came across a display in our local grocery emporium (in my case, that’s Fortino’s, a part of the Loblaws/Superstore/President’s Choice conglomeration here in Canada) and there in the kitchen stuff section next to candles and pillows displays, was a box full of paring knives with flat blades… But my eye caught a knife in the corner that looked like… yes!! A serrated tomato knife! And they were an astounding $1.90!! Stuck in the back of the box (I dug) were a handful of these little beauties, with black or pale blue handles.

Figuring if it was a dud, I’d at least have a new paring knife for general use, I bought one and today tried it out on a couple of loaves.

Oh! My! Goodness!! 

Whodda knowed a proper style blade could make such a difference??! Easy slashing, no “catching”, smooth as silk. Now, I didn’t happen to make the slashes quite deep enough – I still seriously suck at slashing – so the loaves still blew out on the side (I’ll eat the evidence). But even so, now I know I have a great tool for scoring my loaves and at a very affordable price that didn’t bust the bank any. I had been willing to pop out $10 or so but I’d seen nothing for that price that didn’t have tose micro-serrations which I’ve never seen or heard anyone mention or say they work well. 

I am happy with my super-cheap find and when I go back to the store will pick up an extra or two as back ups. Less than $2, can’t complain!!

My awesome and CHEAP new tomato knife!!

I’d never have thought I’d be so thrilled to buy a $2 knife. But I am.

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  • August 16, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks for such a great find! I got a curved lame at my kitchen store for $4 and I can say that I seriously sucked at slashing too. It snagged my dough and hesitancy contributed to jagged slashes. I will be on the lookout for a serrated tomato knife~

    • August 16, 2009 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks, Frieda. Hope your search for a tomato knife is fruitful! (Har! – or is that veggieful??) I had seen them for ridiculous amounts of money, $25-$30, so keep looking if you can’t find one at least in the $5 and under range. They’re considered “fancy” I suppose which hikes the price up a lot.

      Once you’ve got one and can do some slashing, your technique should improve considerably. Take a second before slashing to picture what you want to do, then commit to it in one fell stroke.

      And avoid the MICRO-serrated types. Those are just bad news for dough.

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