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Rowoco Bread Knife Worth Hunting For

Reviewing: Rowoco 12" Bread Knife  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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I guess that this knife is no longer being manufactured, but might be found at an auction site. I think it is good enough to consider looking for.

This was a gift from my mother a number of years ago. It was made by a company called Rowoco, of France. A little internet research seems to indicate that the company was bought by Wilton, but if that’s true the knife line must have been dropped.

This is a serrated edge, stainless steel bread knife. The blade is 7 ½ inches long with an overall knife length of 12 inches. The handle is a very fine-grained wood.

I use mine only for bread. Uncharacteristically for me, I prefer it to the even older antique bread knife that came from my grandmother. It seems to have just the right balance between a thin blade and one that is rigid enough to not wobble when you are trying to make a clean cut.

I have never put it in a dishwasher, but just wipe it off. Or, if I’ve used it to cut a more moist bread (like our family favorite date-nut bread at Christmas), then I may need to wash it a bit more aggressively, but it cleans right off.

As you can see, it is still in great condition. I’ve probably had it for 25 years.

I have one piece of the original paperwork, in French! It says that they also made a smaller version which they suggest for fruit and tomatoes. The exact size of that one is not given, but it looks like it might have been about 8 inches total length.

If you want to look for one, there is always eBay, but I also stumbled on this site for antique kitchen ware. They had some Rowoco products. This indicates to me that the brand was good quality, or there wouldn’t still be so much of their stuff available. See Cyberattic