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Old 06-19-2014, 08:52 AM   #1
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Sorry but I posted this in Cookware and Accessories but this forum is what I need.
I usually watch the Saturday kitchen with James Martin. Sometimes he will chop mint or other spice leaves using a curved knife with 2 handles on each side. Using a rocking motion to finely chop the leaves up. Can anyone tell me what this is called please.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:48 AM   #2
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That's a mezzaluna
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:00 AM   #3
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Thanks this is not an easy thing to find.
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:27 AM   #4
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Thanks this is not an easy thing to find.
It's also not an easy thing to use A lot of the herb sticks to the insides of the blades, causing a lot of waste and making it a pain to clean, which you don't see on TV. You'll get better results by practicing knife skills with a chef's knife or Santoku knife.
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:37 AM   #5
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You decide.

This?

or this?
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I like my ULU Knife

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Old 06-19-2014, 10:51 AM   #7
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Andy, that first video was pretty funny! First, she couldn't find her mezzaluna that she had had for many years, so had to go buy one in order to make the video - guess it's not used all that much Second, she didn't even chiffonade the basil - she chopped it. And you can't chiffonade parsley. So, yeah, door #2 for me
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If I had every specialized kitchen implement available, I'd have to have a 25,000 square foot warehouse to store them all in.

I use my 10" chef for just about everything except boning chicken, and slicing bread. I can't remember the last time I went 2 days without using it. I would have no imaginable use for a mezzaluna, nor for 90% of the weird things that have been invented for specialized uses. I'm a big fan of multi-use tools.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:50 AM   #9
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Hi Guys thanks for that. If it does get stuck inside the blades a pastry brush could extract the rest. I was amused by the large gap between the blades. Why such a large gap. As RP Cookin states you could fill a kitchen up with this stuff especially as I have an eye on the blow torch. I guess a very good knife and watch the fingers. Someone on this site mentioned Wüsthof and I can get a nice set of 3 from Amazon for £43.99
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:18 PM   #10
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Just a thought. Would you use a glass chopping board? Glass is easy to clean were as the wood can pick up bacteria in the scratches. Maybe a glass one would blunt the knife.
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