New bread knife
As a general rule, my husband and I tend to make do with what we have. It's an approach we adopted after a few too many spontaneous purchases that were never really needed in the first place. But once in a while it's really worth getting what you want or "need".
After struggling with cutting loaves with our trusty old Cutco bread knife (on the right), I concluded there must be a better way. A little research here on TFL revealed several very affordable options. I opted for this Mercer 10 inch (on the left). Wowzer, what a difference!! Love it, and would highly recommend. At a little under $20 US, if it's not what you prefer for bread, it's certainly sharp enough to be useful for some other use.