Very good question. When Merton bread is fresh it is (like most sourdoughs) not easy to cut even if you have a good bread knife. I still have nightmares over trying to cut one of my loaves at a dinner party and the table was shaking, the bread was … ugh. I can’t even finish the sentence.
First things first. I know you want to get into it but take a breath. Avoid crushing the bread:
Instead, flip the loaf onto its side and start at the end:
Even better, with the bread still on its side just cut through the middle. I know I know, that means you have two pieces exposed to the air but I guarantee you’ll eat it before the air gets to it. Like this:
Any catastrophes? Send me a photo.