Due to the hot weather I've been making lots of sandwiches lately, and my long bread knife has proved to be kind of unwieldy for slicing the kaiser rolls and bagels I like to use. I just received a Calphalon Contemporary 6.5" sandwich knife from Amazon, and am pretty impressed with it.
The length is just right -- long enough to slice a big bagel, but not so long that it gets in the way. The balance is good IMO, just behind the bolster.
The blade isn't serrated like most bread knives, but has about 10 big, smooth waves along its length. The edge is single-bevel, like many serrated knives. It looks like you could easily keep the edge sharp by honing it with a ceramic rod. The wavy blade slices through bread very smoothly and precisely. They claim it also slices tomatoes well, but I haven't tried that yet.
The blade is also pretty wide (tall) and has a smoothly curved tip, so it also works great for spreading.
The knife is manufactured in China, but is made of "forged German molybdenum/vanadium" stainless steel. The price is less than $20.
All in all, I think this is an intelligently designed and handy little knife for not a lot of money. What it may lack in snob appeal it more than makes up for in all-around functionality.
(The usual disclaimers: I'm not an employee of Calphalon or Amazon, just a happy customer, etc., etc.)
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