The Shun Premier Bread 9" (TDM0705) knife features a serrated edge and is able to cut both soft and crusty breads without crushing or tearing. The serrations form dozens of small individual cutting edges that allow the knife to cut cleanly in either direction without the use of excessive pressure. Because only the tips of each of the serrations comes in contact with a cutting board or other surfaces, the points experience the majority of the wear while leaving the inner scalloped edges sharp for many years. In addition to slicing bread, the bread knife is also great for cutting watermelon and even tomatoes and other tough-skinned but soft fleshed vegetables and fruits. Remember to use it in long strokes to best take advantage of its length. A kitchen essential, the beautiful walnut pakkawood handle makes this a stylish addition, too.