Bâtard Folding Picnic Knife

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Bâtard Folding Picnic Knife

39.50

Created by famed local chef, professional baker and author, Charlie Van Over, this versatile and handy knife is a must in your picnic basket. Features a 5 1/2" serrated blade that folds into the handle as well as a folding corkscrew. The wood handle adds elegance to the folding knife. Not only can you cut your bread and cheese, you can make sure the wine keeps flowing!

  • Walnut handle
  • Built-in corkscrew
  • Hand wash
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Charles Van Over, whose specialty is bread — he’s the author of “The Best Bread Ever” (Broadway Books, 1997) — concluded that his arsenal of equipment lacked something. “I would go visit bakers or go to bakeries, and I’d carry around a bread knife,” he said. “But a large bread knife is cumbersome and dangerous. Why was there no folding bread knife?”

He set out to remedy the situation. And beyond professional trips to bakeries, he envisioned occasions when a slice of crusty bread might be accompanied by a bottle of wine. “So I added a corkscrew,” he said.

The knife has good heft, a handsome dark wood handle and a no-nonsense serrated blade of stainless steel that can tackle much more than just a loaf of bread. It is named for a kind of thick, short French loaf called a bâtard (translation: bastard), and Mr. Van Over thought the name was more amusing than that of the more common elongated baguette. The knife does an admirable job on a crusty loaf, turning it into slices appropriate for all sorts of toppings and fillings.