The blade is about 12" ... I'm estimating. It could be 10", what do I know.
The nicks are almost in the center of the blade. A little higher tho. One is a good size nick. I thought maybe when I made pizza, I could use it for cutting into slices. I don't want to stress the blade too much. I'm thinking if I do use this too too much, that I WILL damage it. It has been sharpened before, I can tell. :-) Funny thing is, before I even knew my husband, when I was in my early teens, I remember this knife. I remember seeing his father using it to cut slices into pizza. Yes, I used to go to this pizza house w/my parents. Hmmmm Hmmm good. Wish I had the recipes. The pizza place was owned by 3 brothers, so I'm hoping one of the brothers' families has the recipes.
By the way, Steve's father's name is NICK!!! LoL Steve says I cook very much like his father, I take that as a very high compliment.