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    Quote Originally Posted by sachem allison View Post
    on vintage and antique bread knives, my understanding was the big wavy scalloped edge was for softer sandwich breads, like white bread and brioche and the saw toothed edges were for hard crusty breads, like baguettes
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    For OLD serrated knifes, I wonder if it has to do more with the wider scallops being easier and cheaper to produce. Looking at the 1st pic in the OP, it would be much easier and cheaper to produce with mid 19th century and earlier technology than the much tighter scallops which we typically use today.

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    hmmm that would make sense as some of no handle ones were given away . but they were making fine tooth saws then too.
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    that sounds like a good theory, but that first one was probably made in 30's up into the early 60's and there are many that were made prior to the turn of the century with fine serrrated edges. I was quite serious about the different serrations , for different bread uses. The scalloped edge really became prevalent when people were able to buy ready made bread in the store instead of making it fresh everyday. The vast majority of the wavy scalloped edge bread knives I have seen have all been premium giveaways or advertising knives,made by bread companies or small grocers, this particular style of knife started to die off within a few years of the availability of presliced breads, which was a revolutionary idea at the time. Every few years some else will come out with a similar knife and tout it's revolutionary design and there will be a slight resurgence and then it becomes a drawer *****. The Japanese make one that looks very similar to the first one and they call it a soft bread knife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steeley View Post
    I was looking through some antique malls here and asking about knives not much luck but i did see a bread knife with a wavy edge made out of a hand saw and the top was the saw blade sort of like this but the serrated saw edge on the spine .
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    And i noticed that the that shape was not any thing new.


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    steeley, did it look similar to this, but with a wavy edge on one side and a serrated saw edge on the other? if it is this I can help you with the ID.
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    Doesn't Guede claim that they invented the serrated edge? Don't remember when that was, though. In any case, that long Guede remains my favorite, even if it's not in Balbach damascus. Btw, thanks for highlighting the undeservedly neglected and shunned serrated blade

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    it was like this western handle and serrated on the spine i would of bought it if it looked like this ,[IMG][/IMG]save my $16
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    the one with the brown handle and in same shape.

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    This one has kullen's on a bread knife
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    [QUOTE=steeley;108037]This one has kullen's on a bread knife
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