The Calphalon Katana Series 9-in. Bread Knife features a beautiful, custom-forged Damascus style blade with 32 layers of stainless steel over a Japanese VG-1 steel core. This time-honored layering process not only imparts exceptional sharpness, but also allows the blade to retain its edge for enduring, high-performance results. Whether you're cutting bread for delicious Panini, bruschetta or crostini, this Calphalon knife will get the job done without making a mess or breaking the loaf apart. No need for downward pressure, just gently cut through the exterior's hard crust and soft interior of any loaf of bread. Bread knives are great for slicing delicate angel food cake, too.