If you’ve been wanting to up your bread making game this year then you’ve perhaps been looking to get a specialist tool called a bread lame or a grignette. They aren’t just for the professionals and I think they are a great addition to anyone’s bread making tool box. This article will be looking at the best bread lame and what they are even for – I hope you find it useful.
What’s a bread lame for?
Perhaps you’ve never heard of a bread lame before? I know I hadn’t when I first began my bread making journey. However what I had seen was beautiful loaves that had been scored or cut at the top which resulted in a lovely expanded bread loaf. A bread lame is what you use to make those cuts and it controls the expansion in a way that you’re happy with. Lame means blade in french and is pronounced like lam.
I tried to recreate this with my standard kitchen knives with a little success – it worked fine but when I started using a tool specifically for the job I found it was much better. Why? Sharpness for a start – my normal kitchen knives were never that great! They are also heavier and combined with the lack of sharpness it meant that it would drag on the dough.
You could of course just use a standard razor blade but I would not recommend that – you’ll likely cut yourself! It’s so much easier with a special handle for the blade.
What to look for in a bread lame
A bread lame is often just a handle that will accept a standard razor blade in it and sometimes you’ll get the blades. Be aware that you might need to get them seperately – you can find them in some supermarkets and chemists though. I’ve seen them in Sainsburys, Wilkos and Boots recently.
You want something that is comfortable to hold
You also might want it to give the blade a slight curve – some people prefer this and some people prefer a straight blade.
Best bread lame – our reviews
The Bread Company – Handle for Baker’s Lame of Grignette
This is one of the best sellers at the moment and it’s a really nice looking addition to your kitchen. It comes in either a natural beech or a dark stained beech handle and the stainless steel shaft holds a normal double edged razor blade. The blades are not included with this product so you’ll need to get those yourself. You can either find them in a supermarket or you can get large amounts on Amazon too – see here. It might be a little much for just bread making though!See more reviews on Amazon here
Borderline Professional Lame / Grignette
This bread lame is the only one that I’m discussing here which comes with a sheath that keeps the blade safe when not in use – this is something that I think is quite important! You really don’t want to be getting yourself cut from these while rootling around in a drawer.
This takes a standard double edged razor blade and has a blue plastic handle to hold. It’s not the prettiest of items but it does the job!See more about this item on Amazon here
Bakers Blade – Professions Grade Scoring tool
Finally we have this one – I’m not really keen on disposable items for the kitchen personally (too much of an eco warrior!) but this item is one of the more popular ones on Amazon.
It looks very similar to a craft knife that you could get but obviously it’s for dough! It has a plastic handle with the blade at one end. You get 5 of the tools in this package and the blades aren’t replaceable.See more info about this item here