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Pastry knives

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This highly versatile knife is very popular among chefs. In fact, the pastry knife is cited by many chefs as their ‘go-to’ knife for day-to-day tasks in the kitchen.

Its long serrated blade is more flexible than a standard chef’s knife, while remaining strong. The blade remains broad to the tip, allowing the knife to double as a palette knife or spatula for certain jobs.

What makes a pastry knife distinct?

The following table describes the key features and uses of a pastry knife:

Serrated edge

Perfect for cutting cleanly through hard baked pastry crusts. The fine serration helps when portioning delicate sponges and pastries.

Long blade

Used to lift rolled pastry from a board. The long blade also makes cutting large cake, pies and pastries easy. Used to make horizontal cuts through sponges.

Wide blade

As well as helping to move rolled pastry, the wide blade can be used to spread icing, jam and other fillings.

Rounded tip

Good for removing cakes and pastries from baking pans with little damage.

Similar knives and their differences

In some parts of the world, a pastry knife can refer to a number of different items:

  • Pastry blade — A curved implement featuring several blades or wires, used for ‘cutting’ butter into flower.
  • Palette/frosting knife — A broad-bladed utensil with a handle raised above the plain of the blade, for spreading icing and lifting cakes/pastries.
  • Bench knife/dough cutter — A wide, rectangular blade with a handle moulded along the top edge, used to separate portions of dough and scrape clean work surfaces.

Pastry knife brands

The following table showcases some of the best pastry knives on the market:

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Knife

Description

Cost*

Smithfield 25cm Serrated Pastry Knife Black Samprene Handle

Made in Sheffield. Inexpensive and robust.

£9.45

Victorinox Wooden Handle Pastry Knife Serrated 26cm

From the trusted manufacturer of the world-famous Swiss Army knife. Features a beautiful rosewood handle.

£32.30

Wusthof Silverpoint Pastry Knife 23cm

High production value at a reasonable price. Made from high carbon stainless steel.

£25.91

Victorinox Fibrox Handle Pastry Knife Serrated 26cm

Comes with slip-resistant handle.

£21.37

* Excluding VAT

Pastry knives in sets

Take a look at some of the sets that contain pastry knives alongside other tools crucial for the professional kitchen:

Set

Set Image

Contents

Case

Cost*

Knife Case Chefs Medium Case Victorinox Rosewood Handle Set

  • 28cm sharpening steel
  • 28cm cooks knife
  • 26cm pastry knife
  • 22cm cooks knife
  • 18cm filleting knife
  • 15cm boning knife
  • 18cm fork
  • 10cm paring knife
  • 6cm turning knife
  • Peeler
  • 23cm palette
  • Double-ended parisienne cutter
  • Decorator
  • Zester

Hard, black 49cm x 31cm case

£461.75

Knife Case Chefs Medium Case Victorinox Moulded Handle Set

  • 28cm sharpening steel
  • 28cm cooks knife
  • 26cm pastry knife
  • 22cm cooks knife
  • 18cm filleting knife
  • 15cm boning knife
  • 18cm fork
  • 10cm paring knife
  • 6cm turning knife
  • Peeler
  • 23cm palette
  • Double-ended parisienne cutter
  • Decorator
  • Zester

Hard, black 49cm x 31cm case with 2 solid plastic inlays

£386.21

Wusthof 6 Piece Silverpoint Roll Set

  • 26cm steel
  • 23cm Silverpoint cooks knife
  • 23cm Silverpoint pastry knife
  • 16cm Silverpoint filleting knife
  • 8cm Silverpoint paring knife

Wusthof knife roll

 

£85.00

Knife Case Chefs Large Case Victorinox Rosewood Handle Set

  • 28cm sharpening steel
  • 28cm cooks knife
  • 26cm pastry knife
  • 19cm cooks knife
  • 28cm butchers knife
  • 30cm salmon knife
  • 18cm filleting knife
  • 15cm boning knife
  • 18cm fork
  • 10cm paring knife
  • 6cm turning knife
  • Peeler
  • 25cm palette
  • Double-ended parisienne cutter
  • Decorator
  • Zester
  • Apple corer
  • Oyster knife
  • Fish scissors
  • Decorating knife
  • 10 plain and 10 star piping tubes
  • 3 trussing needles
  • 2 larding needles

510 x 380mm case with 2 solid plastic inlays

£766.94

Knife Case Chefs Large Case Victorinox Moulded Handle Set

  • 28cm sharpening steel
  • 28cm cooks knife
  • 26cm pastry knife
  • 19cm cooks knife
  • 28cm butchers knife
  • 30cm salmon knife
  • 18cm filleting knife
  • 15cm boning knife
  • 18cm fork
  • 10cm paring knife
  • 6cm turning knife
  • Peeler
  • 25cm palette
  • Double-ended parisienne cutter
  • Decorator
  • Zester
  • Apple corer
  • Oyster knife
  • Fish scissors
  • Decorating knife
  • 10 plain and 10 star piping tubes
  • 3 trussing needles
  • 2 larding needles

510 x 380mm case with 2 solid plastic inlays

£682.26

Wusthof Classic & Gourmet Roll Set

  • 26cm steel
  • 23cm Classic cooks knife
  • 26cm Gourmet pastry knife
  • 16cm Gourmet filleting knife
  • 10cm Gourmet paring knife

Wusthof knife roll

£144.50

Wusthof Grand Prix II & Silverpoint Knife Case Set

  • 20cm classic cooks knife
  • 23cm classic carver 16cm classic filleter
  • 16cm carving fork Gourmet 14cm boning knife
  • Gourmet 26cm pastry knife
  • Salmon slicer
  • Gourmet utility knife
  • 26cm steel
  • 2 x larding needles
  • Trussing needle
  • Zester
  • Decorator
  • Apple corer
  • Melon baller
  • Peeler
  • Palette knife
  • Decorating knife

Sturdy, lockable aluminium magnetic case

£387.60

Wusthof Classic & Gourmet Chefs Master Case

  • 20cm classic cooks knife
  • 23cm classic carver 16cm classic filleter 16cm carving fork Gourmet 14cm boning knife
  • Gourmet 26cm pastry knife
  • Salmon slicer
  • Gourmet utility knife
  • 26cm steel
  • 2 x larding needles
  • Trussing needle
  • Zester
  • Decorator
  • Apple corer
  • Melon baller
  • Peeler
  • Palette knife
  • Decorating knife

Sturdy, lockable aluminium magnetic case

£474.30

Wusthof 7 Piece Silverpoint Roll Set

  • 23cm sharpening steel
  • 20cm cooks knife
  • 23cm pastry knife
  • 14cm boning knife
  • 12cm utility knife
  • 6cm peeling knife

Durable, wipe clean roll

£102.00

* Excluding VAT

Best pastry knives

Look at the table below for information on some of the best pastry knives available for your kitchen:

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Knife

Description

Cost*

Victorinox Wooden Handle Pastry Knife Serrated 26cm

Made in Switzerland by the originators of the Swiss Army knife, the full tang stainless steel blade is light and narrow due to the stamping process used in its construction. Hand finished with a lifetime warranty, these relatively inexpensive knives are known for holding their sharpness. The wooden handle is of the classic three-rivet design.

£32.30

Smithfield 25cm Serrated Pastry Knife Black Samprene Handle

The knives in Russums’ very own range are made in the UK’s steel and knife-making capital — Sheffield. Very reasonably priced and of high quality, Smithfield knives are produced with stainless steel blades and samprene handles, moulded for extra grip.

£9.45

Wusthof Silverpoint Pastry Knife 23cm

These German-made knives are produced to a high standard using high-carbon, stain-resistant steel. Specially designed handles reduce slip and mould to the hand.

£25.91

* Excluding VAT

To find out more about the different knives available for your kitchen, click on the following links:

Boning Knife Guide

Paring Knife Guide

Filleting Knife Guide

Guide to Carving and Slicing Knives

Guide to Sushi and Sashimi Knives

24 July 2017

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