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Mezzaluna Knife

I'm ashamed to admit I never heard of these knives until yesterday! Can anyone tell me their experience with them? Pros? Cons?

I use herbs often in cooking and think this would make an excellent addition to my kitchen!

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  1. Nigella Lawson is a big fan of them.

    I find them too cumbersome to use lithely, probably because I did not grow up using them.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      same here...I watched a video of someone using it and it looked so foreign to me LOL

    2. I have a Ulu knife (Alaskan) and it's a single blade. I like the curved bowl that it came with to chop. I find, overall, that it works well but it needs to be really sharp to not mangle the herbs. I don't necessarily find it faster than a knife but the rocking motion in the bowl is nice. I like it for rough chopped nuts especially.

      My boyfriend uses it more than I do as it's easy for him to handle and chop vegetables. He's one-armed so it is much more comfortable for him.

      1. i have one, and i've pulled out of the drawer exactly once in about 8 years (i really should get rid of it). i'm so accustomed to using a chef's knife to chop herbs that i feel the same way as ipse does - it's cumbersome & awkward.

        1. I have a mincing knife that is mezzaluna in shape, fits in one hand for ease of use, and also does a killer job on slicing pizza. Whustoff-Trident.....

          1. There are a few posts about the Messaluna. Some like it, but many do not. If you have just a small amount of herb to cut, then it is not any faster or better. It is actually slower than a knife, and less precise than a knife. However, if you have tons of herb, the messaluna is easier on your hand.

            Keep in mind that there is a difference between using herb often in small quantity and using herb in large quantity.