Hot bread, crusty French loaves, tough bagels, and mushy sourdough can all be cut with ease using Robert Linn's handcrafted Appalachian Bow Saw. They are available in right and left handed orientation. This knife also works perfectly on vegetables, fruits and cheese. The strength of the blade is a result of the tension applied to the blade when it is mounted on the wood bow saw. Because the blades are made from high carbon steel, they have a very long life - over 200 hours of slicing! Handmade in USA from Cherry, Oak, Paduak or Walnut.