When you are putting together your kitchenware, buying a solid sandwich knife is essential. Sandwich knives are less popular than steak, filet, or even bread knives, but they are likely the most needed in the average home. As the name implies, these knives are designed to cut into sandwiches or other similar “combination” foods. A quality sandwich knife also cuts fruit and soft vegetables well.
A sandwich knife should have a fairly short blade. When you are shopping for a sandwich knife, think about the size of a typical piece of bread. The sandwich knife should be able to cut the sandwich in half without much hand movement from you. Sandwich knives tend to be about six to eight inches long.
Another feature to consider when purchasing a sandwich knife is the depth of the blade. Most sandwich knives are wide at the handle and taper off going toward the tip. That design helps you to cut down into the sandwich easily. Whether you want a sandwich knife with a small or large taper depends on what you plan to cut with the knife. Hoagie rolls, for example, are thicker and require a thicker overall blade, but if you use sandwich thins, the narrower knife probably will work better.
As with any knife, the feel of the handle in your hand should be a key factor in deciding which sandwich knife to purchase. The handles range from slender and straight to large and curved. Take some time in the store to pretend to use the knife. Turn it at different angles and pretend to be using the knife. As you do so, you should get an idea of the type of handle that will work for you. After you have the handle type down, try out different materials and weights. Using this method, you should narrow down the choices to a quality sandwich knife.