Its small, half-moon waves cut very precisely and cleanly through just about everything. We find it easy to handle and easier to cut precise slices when cutting vegetables like eggplant, carrots, and celery. It's a dream on tomatoes. It cuts lovely slices through cooked steak and chicken. Overall, it just is far more multi-use than our old serrated knife, which is too long and unwieldy to use effectively for this many kitchen slicing tasks.
Now, we know that many of you are going to ask the obvious question: What about sharpening? We have several answers for that. First of all, this knife has held its diamond-sharp edge perfectly over several weeks of hard use. It just stands up well to the demands of the kitchen. Secondly, we do not sharpen our own knives. Yes, many people do, but we have an artisan knife-sharpener in our neighborhood and we not only enjoy seeing her sharpen our knives but we also feel that her craftsmanship is worth investing in. So, if you get your knives sharpened professionally once or twice a year, a knife like this won't be a problem for them. And finally, if you are determined to sharpen your own knives at home, there are sharpeners equipped to handle serrated and wave blades.
Overall, the size, weight, and sharpness of this knife are simply lovely. We reach for it before all our other knives now, and we find its multi-purpose functionality so helpful. It can do everything a Santoku does, while also performing marvelously at cutting bread and tomatoes. If you're considering a bread knife, we would highly recommend investing in this more versatile knife instead.
• Find it: Wüsthof Classic Wave Knife, $99.99 at Amazon
(Images: Faith Durand)