Challenger Breadware has launched its new bench knife, a large, handcrafted kitchen solution for home bakers and chefs at small bakeries and restaurants around the world. The Challenger Bench Knife provides capacity and comfort and was specifically designed for bread bakers dealing with delicate dough.
The Challenger Bench Knife’s nonstick blade measures 4″ x 8″ (10cm x 20cm), larger than most bench knives and dough scrapers on the market. The blade allows bakers to scale and separate their dough with ease. It can also be used to slide the dough into bannetons.
“The large blade provides the necessary capacity, and the comfortable Live Oak handle makes working with dough easier because it feels like a natural extension of the baker’s hand. We spent countless hours designing the Challenger Bench Knife, and I’m confident bread bakers around the globe, from weekend hobbyists to expert bakers, will find the new bench knife extremely useful,” said Jim Challenger, Baker, founder and president of Challenger Breadware.
The Challenger Bench Knife is handcrafted and designed to be used for life. It’s of heirloom quality so it can be passed along for baking unique bread across generations.
Home bakers and chefs at small bakeries and restaurants are constantly struggling to perfect their bread-making technique. While one batch comes out with a symmetrical shape and delicate, crisp, blistered crust, the next batch may be completely different.
Most bakers struggle using standard dough scrapers that simply are not up to the task, being too short for handling larger volumes of dough; too narrow for easily and gently picking up and moving dough or too prone to sticking, causing damage to carefully-crafted gluten structures.