Why a bread knife? Although it's not the most frequently used knife in your kitchen drawer, for a limited set of tasks, this knife is unmatched in its performance. Bread knives are so named because they are ideal for making straight, even slices in a loaf of bread, which has a soft and airy texture within its tough exterior. A good bread knife will pierce through a hard crust without tearing or compressing the fluffy center. The scalloped edge of our serrated bread knife makes it work well for rugged as well as delicate tasks. Besides slicing bread, it is a useful tool for cutting squash, melons, or any other food with a sturdy peel and a soft middle.