Bread slicing isn't the most difficult task; basically it is a back-and-forth motion. Simple, right? But when I spotted this antique Danish slicer, I had to get it. It's ideal for rugged and dense breads, designed and engineered for performance. And I did give it a couple wacks on some pretty hard rye and spelt loaves, as well as a fresh baked levain bread. Some of my bread buddies poo-pooed me for it; others drooled and cheered me on. It'll be sort of a conversation piece in my arsenal of food toys. You should hear its "swish." Powerful.