Mezzaluna restoring project

Discussion in 'Cooking Knife Reviews' started by ordo, May 29, 2014.

  1. ordo

    ordo

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    So, i decided to restore this 32 cm. old carbon steel mezzaluna i inherited, apparently made in Paris.


    Deeply chipped, almost 1 cm.


    Please don't ask me why.
     
  2. millionsknives

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    Half moon right? All the italian I know is from learning music. It looks like a fun project. Can't wait to see the end results.
     
  3. dcarch

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    How about go to a welder and weld some new steel where the pit is and resharpen.

    Otherwise you will be drastically changing the curved edge. That would be "modification" and not "restoration".

    dcarch
     
  4. ordo

    ordo

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    Very difficult to weld new steel there. The proper steel, welding high temperatures that probably will destroy  the tempering, etc. I will use stones. It is, indeed, a modification, but not so radical. Here's the idea:

     
  5. dcarch

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    Depends on what you will be using it for. With this kind of tool, I don't see using it for razor sharp cutting/slicing, in that case, the tempering of the edge is not that critical.

    dcarch
     
  6. millionsknives

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    Isn't it used to chop herbs?  I would want a sharp blade for that.
     
  7. dcarch

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    Sharp yes. but not sushi sharp. I think you need steel that will not chip when you chop.

    dcarch
     
  8. ordo

    ordo

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    It's a chopping and circular motion, so some slicing is involved. This mezzaluna seems forged. The steel is pretty hard.
     
  9. kaneohegirlinaz

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    @ordo  as I am not as knowledgeable in the knife world as those here, I did get the 'feeling' that your mezz would be for mincing of meats, no?
     
  10. ordo

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    It's basically a vegetables chopper, K. Like this:

     
  11. kaneohegirlinaz

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    I suppose I was thinking Asian cuisine, I see that often, although I myself have never tried it.

    In Asian cooking mincing your own meats is the preferred method over buying the commerically ground meats,

    too fine a mince, we like a 'chunkier' meat...

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  12. ordo

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    I found some vintage hachoires, mezzalune, herb choppers. Click the image.

     
  13. ordo

    ordo

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    Just begun.

     
  14. jake t buds

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    I assume you have at your disposal a bench top grinding wheel, lathe, and some sharpening stones? A buffing wheel?

    I'll be looking out for the finished product.

    Good luck!! 
     
  15. dcarch

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    The most important tool for this project indeed is a wood turning lathe.

    dcarch
     
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  16. ordo

    ordo

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    Both of you're right, but as i do not have a lathe, i rely on a wood worker.

    I do have a drill and some grinding wheels. Stones i have enough. Also wet-dry sandpaper of different grits.

    The chipping stage's done.


    Pick of  the "edge" if i can say so.

     
  17. knifesavers

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    For safety sake do all the rehandling before sharpening it.

    Since Mezzalunas don't store well maybe add a ring like a honing steel to hang it.

    Jim

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  18. ordo

    ordo

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    KnifeSavers: absolutely. Sharpening will be the last step here, and the most enjoyable i guess, cause i've never sharpened that kind of curve.

    The hanging ring is a good idea. Thanks.
     
  19. ordo

    ordo

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    I have some different ideas about the handles:

    1. Try to replicate the old, vintage appearance, like here:


    2. Build two identically new wooden handles.

    3. Go in a modernistic solution and replace both handles with nice colorful plastic handles so to get a clash between the old patina and contemporary materials. Something like this:

    Google pick.


    Ideas welcome.
     
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  20. tweakz

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