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Old 03-26-2011, 12:21 PM   #1
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Mezzaluna Knife vs Chef Knife

Never even heard of a Mezzaluna Knife until I happened upon a commercial with Giada De Laurentiis hawking her knife brand at Target. The question is, is a Mezzaluna Knife a suitable substitute for a Chef Knife, a needed addition or what?

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Old 03-26-2011, 12:23 PM   #2
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I've tried one, but I prefer a regular knife. Chopping for me is faster with a regular knife.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:28 PM   #3
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Not in any way a substitute. It only does one thing: chop.
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Old 03-26-2011, 01:22 PM   #4
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Mezzaluna is useful for chopping in a wood bowl.
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Old 03-26-2011, 01:39 PM   #5
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I have both--I use my mezzaluna for chopping herbs. I did see a demonstration using one to cut pasta for noodles, but have never tried it. I sure wouldn't try some of the things I do with my chef's knife using a mezzaluna!
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Old 03-26-2011, 03:49 PM   #6
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I can't see using this thing in a bowl.. She had one that had a regular handle, not like the twin bladed Mezzaluna.

Giada De Laurentiis™ for Target® Stainless Steel Mezzaluna Knife : Target
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:20 PM   #7
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Never saw a mezzaluna like Giada's. We have a double bladed one with handles at each end and single bladed ones with one handle across the top. I like the single handled ones because they are easier to sharpen and leave one hand free to hold the bowl.
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I had one of those double bladed ones my husband bought me, well intentioned (I'd asked for a mezulina and bowl, he thought he'd gone a step better). I think a single blade and bowl would have worked, but double? The herbs (I have a great herb garden) just got stuck between the two blades and I wound up spending a lot of time using a paring knife to scrape out the herbs from between the blades, and gave up on it.
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I had one of those double bladed ones my husband bought me, well intentioned (I'd asked for a mezulina and bowl, he thought he'd gone a step better). I think a single blade and bowl would have worked, but double? The herbs (I have a great herb garden) just got stuck between the two blades and I wound up spending a lot of time using a paring knife to scrape out the herbs from between the blades, and gave up on it.
I have a single blade Ulu knife and bowl for herbs...it's perfect!
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Old 03-26-2011, 05:42 PM   #10
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I had one of those double bladed ones my husband bought me, well intentioned (I'd asked for a mezulina and bowl, he thought he'd gone a step better). I think a single blade and bowl would have worked, but double? The herbs (I have a great herb garden) just got stuck between the two blades and I wound up spending a lot of time using a paring knife to scrape out the herbs from between the blades, and gave up on it.
Probably would've been better off with a Slap Chop.
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