Mezzaluna Knife vs Chef Knife

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popeye59

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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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sarahmom22

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I've tried one, but I prefer a regular knife. Chopping for me is faster with a regular knife.
 

CWS4322

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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!
 

justplainbill

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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.
 

Claire

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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.
 

PrincessFiona60

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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!
 

popeye59

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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.
 

PrincessFiona60

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I was wondering if anyone else knew about the similarity between uluit (plural of ulu - I just looked up ulu on Wikipedia) and mezzalunas.

You should see the Knife catalogs that go through here. :chef: I just wish I could afford the ones I like the best.
 

garlicjosh

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I've never used one, looked at a few, laughed at the double blades marketed for cutting herbs.
Honestly, I think it's all a joke. Nothing a good sharp chef knife can't take care. I can't see myself getting one..feels like another thing to just take up space.
 
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