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Nov 13, 2009 06:41 AM

Nella knife - did I find a treasure?

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.

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

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  1. 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.

      1. re: wolfe

        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.

        1. re: Nyleve

          Maybe for a while. I thought my son would marvel at my Tony Bourdain suggested Global until I saw this in his kitchen.

          1. re: wolfe

            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.

          2. re: Nyleve

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

            1. re: Everythingtarian

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

              1. re: Nyleve

                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.

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