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Nella knife - did I find a treasure?

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Nyleve Nov 13, 2009 06:41 AM

Yesterday I picked up a large chef's knife at my local St. Vincent de Paul second hand shop for $3. It has Nella Cutlery stamped on the wooden handle; the blade looks to me like stainless steel and looks like it has been fairly badly sharpened. I sharpened it myself and it cuts beautifully. The tang doesn't run all the way to the end of the handle, but it does have two - looks like brass - rivets. So? Did I find a gem or a nothing?

Posted on Ontario board because Nella is a Toronto restaurant supply company.

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Nella Cutlery
433 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

  1. wolfe Nov 13, 2009 07:21 AM

    Nella Infomation.
    http://www.nella.com/history.htm
    http://www.nellabros.com/manufacturer...
    I really liked the "Bayonet Contract".

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      Nyleve Nov 13, 2009 07:29 AM

      Thanks - looks like my knife is an inexpensive chef's knife. I'll use it and see how I like it and then probably give it to my son who will think he died and went to heaven.

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        wolfe Nov 13, 2009 07:40 AM

        Maybe for a while. I thought my son would marvel at my Tony Bourdain suggested Global until I saw this in his kitchen.
        http://www.cutleryandmore.com/kenonio...

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          Nyleve Nov 13, 2009 08:31 AM

          I would expect that sort of nonsense from #1 Son. But #2 Son - proposed recipient of my bargain find - has much more modest cooking aspirations. He'll be happy. The other one will have to get a very good job once he finishes grad school to fund his expensive tastes.

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          Everythingtarian Nov 13, 2009 07:55 AM

          That might depend on which end of the knife you hand him;)

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            Nyleve Nov 13, 2009 08:34 AM

            I have heard that it's bad luck to give a knife as a gift. Maybe it's about the presentation.

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              Chowwatcher Nov 13, 2009 10:31 AM

              It is bad luck to give a knife as a gift, but if you attach a coin to the knife, and tell the recipient to give it back to you, they have "bought" the knife from you. Then it's not a gift. An old etiquette thing.

      2. Kagemusha Nov 13, 2009 07:15 AM

        Probably quite serviceable. I've picked up several industrial-grade knives like that sharpened-up nicely.The wood handles date them and make them problematic for commericlal use because of sterilization issues.Mine looked like props from Pirates of the Caribbean and I ditched them once the wood handles went. Enjoy.

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