Mercer Culinary Millennia Japanese Steel Bread Knife, 10-Inch

Last updated: August 9, 2022


The Mercer Culinary Wavy Edge Bread Knife is a lightweight option crafted from high-quality Japanese steel. It has a protective finger guard and an ergonomic handle, allowing for comfort and grip. Keep in mind that the serrations are a bit larger, resulting in thicker cuts. In our test kitchen, we were seriously impressed with this knife — it sliced right through the bread and had a nice hefty handle with a rubber grip.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: The Mercer Culinary Wavy Edge Bread Knife is made out of durable Japanese steel.

In our analysis of 100 expert reviews, the Mercer Culinary Millennia Japanese Steel Bread Knife, 10-Inch placed 15th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

With unparalleled performance, Millennia knives are designed with innovative features to meet the demands of today’s professional chefs.

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

The blade itself is made of Japanese steel - known for its high quality and ability to retain an edge.
Its edge is curved—just like that of our top pick—and the knife boasts a comfortable handle.
This lightweight knife has well-textured finger points and protective finger guard to prevent your fingers from slipping.
With a combination of Santoprene for comfort and polypropylene for longevity, the Mercer Culinary Millennia’s handle has the slip-resistance you’d expect from a professional model at a fraction of the price.
It’s one of the knives with highly ergonomic handles. The finger points are textured, which allows the knife to perform exceptionally.
Its ergonomic handle is a perfect combination of polypropylene for longevity and Santoprene for comfort.
The serrated blade is perfect for sliding through chunky artisanal bread without squashing it.
Ergonomic handles are produced using Santoprene for solace and polypropylene for sturdiness. It highlights finished finger focuses that give slip opposition and a superior grasp.
The handle comes made from durable materials which are suitable for heavy-duty usages in kitchens all around the world. The next best thing is the finger guard.
It’s made from Japanese high-carbon steel, and it’s easy on your hands and wrists thanks to its ergonomically designed handle.
The highest quality Japanese steel allows for easy blade maintenance and rapid sharpening for a razor-sharp edge.

What reviewers didn't like

Its blade is thicker and the serrations are a bit larger, which results in a little less control and slightly thicker cuts.
No blade sheath.
Difficult to get it out of the packing.
Poor packaging.
The handle feels too large for the knife.
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