We have fresh bread most days due to husband's new gadget (bread machine!), and have found they can be difficult to slice properly as the bread is warm and soft, but this slices through no problem. The silver and black looks stylish, the guard fits well and does not end up falling off in the drawer as cheaper versions have. Have had problems in the past with handles falling off of supermarket ones, and the way this is made means this can't happen. The knife is not so heavy that you end up with an aching wrist, but is weighty enough to slice quickly and cleanly.