I am still working on my bread baking skills. In the meantime, whenever I can swing it, I buy bread from a local bakery. We have several local places that sell the really good Artisan breads.
I love fresh bread. It stays fresher if I slice it as we use it than when the bakery slices it. Thus, I like to slice my own. . . or at least I like its freshness.
I always used a serrated knife to slice bread (and tomatoes). It worked okay. However, Artisan breads were hard to slice because of their crusts. Plus, I always had trouble getting uniform slices.
One day at the local farmer’s/artisan’s market, I decided to finally try these unusual knives a man was selling. I had seen him at the market before, and I was curious.
The man asked if I was right-handed or left-handed. I said right. He handed me a right-handed knife. He had me slice into a loaf of bread as a demonstration. The knife was wonderful. It was Artisan bread, but it sliced as easy as butter.
I reached for my cash.
He explained that he made the knives out of a selection of hardwoods with several different stains. I chose a right-handed, walnut wood with a cherry stain.
The knives were 25 dollars, but were worth it. They come with a protective cover for not just the knife, but also the user as they are very sharp.
They can be used for more than just bread. Fruits and vegetables are also easy to cut.
Caring for them requires little effort as I just clean the blade with a dish cloth and dry before putting in the cover.
He also sold hand-made cutting boards, but I just bought the knife.
There is no web site listed on the tag. I lost the paperwork that he gave me. He has not been back to the market when I have gone again. However, he did include a phone number on the tag. If you are interested let me know. I will give you the phone number.
The Smoky Mountain Bow Knife is a wonderful hand-made kitchen instrument that I don’t know how I ever managed without.