Slicing a bagel seems like it should be a simple procedure but, according to George Washington Hospital, cuts resulting from the task are a vastly under-reported injury. If you follow the proper technique, however, you can quickly and cleanly halve a bagel with no risk to your hands -- no matter how sharp the knife.

Cut your bagels safely.

Step 1

Place the bagel flat on a counter surface with your hand on top.

Step 2

Slice halfway through the center of the bagel with a serrated knife, cutting horizontally and keeping fingers away from the blade.

Step 3

Stand the bagel up with the slice facing upward. Hold this end closed with your fingers.

Step 4

Continue slicing downward until the bagel is halved.