Monday, August 28, 2017

Re-inventing the bread knife



I recently rediscovered this peculiar knife. It carries U.K. Registered Design No. 985267.  In Canada, it was registered in 1978 as a "culinary cutting and serving tool" by the Hing Wah Houseware Manufactory Limited of 49-50 Middle Kwai Chung Village, New Territories, Kowloon. That is, Hong Kong. The Canadian registration expired in 1993.

It's certainly odd. Is that a bottle opener at the rear of blade? In addition to the peculiar perforations, which appear to serve only a decorative purpose and which would make the knife more difficult to clean, it also has 2 riveted pins on the back, located 2 inches above the cutting teeth:


These limit the size of the loaf of bread that it can cut through. So, nothing bigger than baguettes.  I don't know if their purpose was to attach the knife to some kind of holder, to keep a slice of bread from falling off of the knife while it was being served, or if they were there to keep the blade pointing downward when the knife was laid on its side.  I'll probably never know.

Perhaps not the best invention since, well, sliced bread.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The perforations may be to reduce the knife's tendency to stick to and drag on the sides of a cut in fresh bread. Cheese knives employ the same idea.

The riveted pins are indeed quite baffling.

Anonymous said...

Given the bottle opener, I suspect this is general purpose kitchen tool. I suspect the decorative slots are so that the knife can also be used as a pot strainer. The pins might be used to register it on the inside of the pot.