~ Michael Moses Lishinsky ~
Master Blade Smith
Hand made Carbon Steel Kitchen Knives
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Current price for a Mezzaluna is $235
La Mezzaluna made with standard Myrtle wood handles. For prices, and handle information, see drop down menu above under heading called 'other stuff'.
This is a traditional chopping knife from Italy and Switzerland, and is the most interesting for me to make and use. It is used with two hands and the food is in between you and the 'Luna' on the cutting board . Rock the edge over the food towards you, dicing as you go. Then push the food to the back of the cutting board again and repeat. It took me a few days to get used to using it, but then it was hard to put down. I have adapted it for use in the modern day kitchen. What I mean is that I felt it needed to be very easy to clean and sharpen in the kitchen. Hence the tiny bolts holding the handles to the body. Many of my customers hang theirs on the wall. A big seller to Europeans, as no on else on the European Union makes these anymore out of carbon steel.
The body is made from 1/16th inch thick high carbon tool steel and is 2.5 inches wide from top to cutting edge. It is usually 7 inches wide, although I have custom made these all the way to 12 inches wide. The handles are bolted on with small button head stainless steel 6 x 32 bolts, with lock nuts. The handles are removable for easy cleaning, sharpening and transport . The unit can also be sharpened without removing the handles if you like , with an electric or hand sharpener . The handles come with with brass bolsters and are 6 inches long in total.
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