Pie Servers

Published August 1, 2012. From Cook's Country.

Why trust your beautiful baked pie to an unworthy serving tool?

Overview:

A gorgeous pie can take hours to make—and be mangled in seconds if you cut it with the wrong tool. A pie server must be sharp enough to cut cleanly and agile enough to neatly slide under a fragile slice to lift and transport it intact. It’s been six years since we last tested pie servers, so we tried five priced from $6.99 to $21.14, including our previous favorite.

We baked dozens of pies and then turned to slicing and lifting. Even the dullest pie servers could slice through the creamy filling and single crusts of banana cream and custard apple pies, but multitextured Key lime pie called for more sharpness and precision. Servers with round, blunt tips smashed and shattered the flaky tops of double-crust pies and crushed pecan pie’s delicate sugar-nut scrim. We concluded that slim, sharp tips and edges (whether straight or serrated) were critical. Offset handles helped us navigate neatly under each slice, but we could make do with straight handles if the blade was quite flexible. For lifting and transporting slices to plates,… read more

A gorgeous pie can take hours to make—and be mangled in seconds if you cut it with the wrong tool. A pie server must be sharp enough to cut cleanly and agile enough to neatly slide under a fragile slice to lift and transport it intact. It’s been six years since we last tested pie servers, so we tried five priced from $6.99 to $21.14, including our previous favorite.

We baked dozens of pies and then turned to slicing and lifting. Even the dullest pie servers could slice through the creamy filling and single crusts of banana cream and custard apple pies, but multitextured Key lime pie called for more sharpness and precision. Servers with round, blunt tips smashed and shattered the flaky tops of double-crust pies and crushed pecan pie’s delicate sugar-nut scrim. We concluded that slim, sharp tips and edges (whether straight or serrated) were critical. Offset handles helped us navigate neatly under each slice, but we could make do with straight handles if the blade was quite flexible. For lifting and transporting slices to plates, broader blades offered security.

Our previous winner again led the pack. Though its tip was slightly blunter than ideal, that’s a small concession for all-around solid performance.

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    Results Key:

    Good ★ ★ ★ Fair ★ ★ Poor
  • Prices are subject to change.
  • Recommended - Winner

    OXO Steel Pie Server

    Our former favorite won again. We liked its comfortable handle and offset, double-edged serrated blade, which sliced cleanly and lifted intact slices easily, no matter the filling or crust. Its broad blade securely supported slices in transit. And the price is right.

    • Ease of Use ★★★
    • Performance ★★½

    $9.99

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  • Recommended

    Paderno Pie Knife

    Flexible and sharp-tipped, this server cleanly sliced through most pies without crushing; we also liked its dual serrated and straight edges for cutting. But without an offset handle, the pointy tip entered a deep-dish pie at an odd angle, spearing the bottom crust.

    • Ease of Use ★★
    • Performance ★★★

    $21.14

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  • Recommended with Reservations

    Victorinox Swiss Army Pie Knife

    While the slim, sharp edges of this server easily cut into pies and removed slices, its short, thin handle was uncomfortable, and the undersize, narrow blade turned serving into a balancing act.

    • Ease of Use
    • Performance ★★★

    $10.99

  • Recommended with Reservations

    Wilton Comfort Grip Cake and Pie Server

    A rounded, comfortable handle and aggressive serrations on the blade helped us cleanly cut through any pie. But the blade was too narrow to carry slices securely.

    • Ease of Use ★★
    • Performance ★★

    $6.99

  • Not Recommended

    All-Clad Cook Serve Pie Server

    With neither serrations nor sharp edges, this server struggled cutting crumb crusts, and it crushed double-crust pies. While it easily slipped under slices, the pieces were too mangled to serve.

    • Ease of Use
    • Performance

    $19.95

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