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Discover The Precision of A Shun Bread Knife

Sandwich aficionados have reason to rejoice over the Shun bread knife. This Japanese cutler has a well-earned reputation for exceptional knives crafted from fine layers of steel--over 160 layers in some cases. Shun blades are inspired by samurai swords and handmade by master artisans who spend an incredible number of hours perfecting each knife. Discover how the skill of Shun's craftspeople translates in the very Western, but utterly essential bread knife.

Getting The Perfect Slices

If you're looking for the perfect slices, a Shun bread knife is your go-to tool. Serrated knives are made specifically for cutting through food items with multiple textures, like the crust and softer insides of a loaf of bread or a surprising range of other foods.

  • Teeth or scallops hook into the surface of food to get a really good grip for cutting. These teeth are the serrations of your knife.
  • Once you feel the knife hook the food, you can either slice downward the same way you would if you were using a straight edge blade or you can use one of the techniques unique to your Shun serrated bread knife.
  • Try a gentle sawing motion, bringing the blade back and forth for really crusty bread or the strong core of a pineapple. The serrations work by hooking and lessening friction for a clean cut, so you can start lightly and add pressure as needed.
  • Another trick is to rock the knife back and forth almost in place, just before slicing downward to get great tomato or pepper slices. These foods tend to crush under a straight blade but are easy slicing with a serrated knife.
  • Don't forget to use cutting boards. These knives may have fewer contact points at the far edge of the blade, but they are still powerful precision knives.

Multi-Purposing with Your Shun Serrated Knife

Explore the versatility of your Shun serrated knife. Despite the longer blades, this cutlery matches the dexterity of specialized vegetable tools in many instances.

  • Cut sandwiches with ease, especially ones that are piled high. Use an offset handle to get the best leverage and keep ingredients together.
  • Make quick work of sturdy pineapples with a dual-density knife. The extra row of serrations lets you get a lot of cutting done without as much effort as using a basic utility knife.
  • Enjoy layered cakes full of texture when you cut smoothly through cake, icing and fillings all in one slice.

Explore the different styles of bread knife available from Shun when you shop Williams Sonoma today.

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