The 8 inch serrated blade of this stainless steel Bread Knife from J. A. Henckels makes short work and smooth cuts of both hard crusted bread and soft pastries. Don’t be tempted to use it as a carving knife even though it can definitely handle that work.
The serrated edge is special purpose, and will dull if used on hard surfaces or across bone. Genuine carving knives have plain edges that are easily restored, but the long lasting serrated blade of this knife can only be sharpened at the factory. Use this bread knife for bread and you’ll get the best results from it.
At 8 inches this is the minimum blade length you should consider for slicing home made bread of uncertain width. It’s the slicing action and sharp edge that does the work, not downward pressure, so you need extra length to provide that cutting motion.
The distinctive handle of this pattern uses a full rat tail tang build and a double riveted handle insert, both comfortable and stylish. The forged blade and bolster provide much more strength than you actually need for cutting bread, and give the knife the look of fine cutlery with a traditional build.
Henckels cutlery is dishwasher safe, but hand washing and drying is recommended for proper care of finish and edge.