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Forum topic by Thuzmund posted 05-07-2014 06:49 PM 989 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Thuzmund

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05-07-2014 06:49 PM

Hi folks,

My buddy bought this tool the other day and I was making fun of him—I think this is a chef tool and not a vintage woodworking tool! I can’t think of what it would be used for besides chopping veggies.

Take a look and tell me what you think please. Note that the sharpened edge seems to be on the wrong side. it can’t be used as a drawknife , etc. I could be mistaken! What on earth could this be used for??

Thanks

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#1 posted 05-07-2014 06:52 PM

I think you are correct, however I have to tell you I have wrong once or twice in my life time.

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#2 posted 05-07-2014 07:04 PM

Pizza cutter?

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#3 posted 05-07-2014 07:05 PM

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#4 posted 05-07-2014 07:07 PM

I think it WILL be a pizza cutter! :D Mezzaluna seems on the money.

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#5 posted 05-07-2014 07:12 PM

Looks like a ulu to me. The ulu is an Eskimo knife.

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thechipcarver

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#6 posted 05-07-2014 07:14 PM

You can tell your friend, you are right. What he has is a vintage French style herb chopper. Used to chop, you guessed it, herbs.

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#7 posted 05-07-2014 07:56 PM

As this is definitely my area of admitted expertise, yes it is a mezzaluna, which is very similar to the ulu but the ulu has a single handle/grip centered in the back edge of the blade. A good woodworkers gift for an owner of a mezzaluna would be an endgrain cutting board that has had a bowl shape turned into it for the mezzaluna to be used in which is much simpler than chasing the item to be chopped around a normal flat cutting board.

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#8 posted 05-07-2014 08:24 PM

It is definitely for chopping or cutting herbs.I have seen them many times they also do a double blade one too. You place the herbs like parsley etc on a cutting board and simply rock the cutter back and forth over them. Alistair

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Bill White

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#9 posted 05-07-2014 08:40 PM

Yep! Mezza Luna. Italian for half moon.
Bill

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#10 posted 05-08-2014 05:19 AM

ChefHDAN: it sounds like I have a project on my hands!

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Thuzmund

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#11 posted 05-08-2014 05:20 AM

....The things people pick up at yard sales :)

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#12 posted 05-08-2014 10:11 AM

Put it on ebay as a draw knife. It’ll sell. If you want more money for it, use the words “vintage” and “rare”.

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redSLED

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#13 posted 05-08-2014 02:11 PM

That is a Viking walrus skinner/beard shaver combo blade.

Below is a re-enactment showing a hungry Viking grabbing some walrus meat ‘on the go’ using his combo blade.

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#14 posted 05-08-2014 04:27 PM

junebug, Thanks. I knew what it was used for, but never knew what it was called.

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#15 posted 05-10-2014 06:42 PM

Those Vikings are a different breed eh?

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