Used for slashing the top of a bread loaf (before baking) so the dough has room to expand.
Could also use a scalpel or the tip of a very sharp knife.
Do you use a lame? Do you know how to pronounce it? (I don't.)
What's the prettiest pattern you've ever seen slashed into a loaf of bread?
And I must confess: I got a beautiful new pie plate this week and was dying to try it--so I skipped ahead to the pie section of THE ART AND SOUL OF BAKING and made a butterscotch pie. Yum!