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Best Mezzaluna Knife Review - Italian Cooking Cutting Knives - Bowl Board Sets - Top Ten Kitchen Gifts for 2011

Updated on August 11, 2011

Mezzaluna Knives and Chopping Boards

Pass me the Mezzaluna my friends Italian mother said and I listened. Any cooking tips were absorbed and noted. The two handled crescent knife had to have a great purpose for her magnificent Italian family cooking and it did. Mezzaluna translates to 'half moon' in Italian. The Mezzaluna lets you mince, chop and slice your food effortlessly and without bruising or tearing. Once you go Mezzaluna you never go back.

The rocking motion also allows greater safety in the kitchen as your blade has greater control and less shifting up and down. Choose specially designed Mezzaluna cutting boards, standard wooden cutting boards or even curved bowls. Practice will find your niche. Ever wondered why those French and Italian herbs evoke so much flavor at a good restaurant? Most likely they were finely chopped with a Mezzaluna. Mince garlic perfectly. Popular with pastry chefs also. I suggest buying a quality Mezzaluna, sharpen it, clean it and enjoy the next level of Italian cooking.

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Mezzaluna Blade and Vegetables
Mezzaluna Blade and Vegetables | Source

Buy Paderno World Cuisine Mezzaluna

Paderno World Cuisine Mezzaluna Knives

Paderno World Cuisine Mezzaluna Knives are high quailty in the Italian tradition with two handles. The also make a one handled mezzaluna which is popular for certain herbs in particular..

  • The larger 10 inch single blade mezzaluna is popular for its extra length.
  • Paderno World Cuisine Mezzaluna Knives have forged blades made from a special steel and carbon alloy to strengthen the blade. This allows a perfect cut and a long life for the blade. 
  • The same care has gone into the mezzaluna handles. Easy to use non-slip inert plastic handles. Stainless steel inserts for added strength and longevity.

Messermeister One-Handed Mezzaluna Rocking Knife

The Messermeister One-Handed Mezzaluna Rocking Knife is a one-handed mezzaluna 6-1/2 rocking Knife.  Chopping everything from soup to nuts is a breeze.

  • Unique molded-POM handle made from durable Polyoxymetholene ergonomically designed for maximum comfort in the hand - handy for big chopping jobs!
  • Messermeister quality assures each knife is one piece, fully forged stainless steel for strength, Attractive hand-polished elite edge gives premier sharpness
  • Innovative bolsterless edge for easy sharpening.


Buy Matfer Bourgeat Mezzaluna Knives

Matfer Bourgeat Mezzaluna Knives

The Matfer Bourgeat Mezzaluna Knives are beautiful efficient for cutting and preparing fresh herbs.

  • The contour of the knives allows for easy dicing and chopping
  • Simply roll of the wrist with this .unique yet traditional design
  • Bring out those traditional herb fragrances just like Mama did

Wusthof Mezzaluna Knives

Wusthof Mezzaluna Knives are premium kitchen knives. Wusthof also makes excellent kitchen sets with mezzaluna knives and cutting bowls designed to the shape of the mezzaluna blade.

  • Wusthof Mezzaluna Knives cut all the vegetables, herbs and pastas with effortless ease.
  • Think of anything the rocking action of the blade would make it easier to chop, dice or cut and there is a job for the mezzaluna.
  • Wusthof incorporates it's own blend of premium German steel for the length of the knife giving it extra strength and avoids dullness of the blade.. Wusthof ensures each blade is precisely ensure the blade maintains ts edge for a long time.

New Carrol Boyes Stainless Steel Mezzaluna

The New Carrol Boyes Mezzaluna is made with high quality Stainless Steel. It features a popular modern design.

  • The New Carrol Boyes Mezzaluna is faster quicker and safer for most chopping jobs than a regularstraight-bladed knife. The rocking rocking motion elimates much of the danger of two hands chopping and removing the blade from the cutting surface
  • Simply place your ingredients you are chopping or dicing on a cutting board and rock the mezzaluna blade back and forth..
  • It has been said that Mezzalunas resemble the Alaskan Ulu knife

Double Bladed Mezzaluna and Herbs
Double Bladed Mezzaluna and Herbs

Best Mezzaluna Knife and Cutting Board Sets


Zwilling J.A. Henckels Mincing Gift Boxed Set -

The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Mincing Set is delightfully gift boxed. Great way to introduce your friends and family to the joys of a mezzaluna in the kitchen.

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Mincing Set includes

  • A double mezzaluna mincing knife. The blade designed with a steel tempering process to retain sharpness and the blades edge. The handle is made of stainless steel for strength and easy cleaning.
  • The 8-inch-square herb board is made of hardwood complete with hollowed out center creating a bowl for easier cutting and storage pre-cooking.
  • A complimentary gift box completes the set.
  • Comes with a lifetime guarantee

John Boos Mezzaluna Board and Knife Sets

John Boos Mezzaluna Board with Knife sets keep in the tradition of the Mezzaluna beinga staple of Italian kitchens.

  • Ideal for used for cutting herbs and making pesto - the herb bowl and board brings you back to Grandma's kitchen.
  • Cutting onions with the John Boos Mezzaluna Board and Knife sets makes you wonder how you used to do it.
  • Chop, dice and mincing vegetables, herbs and spices efficiently and faster for soups, stews and soups.

4Cooks Mezzaluna Ensemble

4Cooks-Mezzaluna Ensemble is an excellent gift with a top quality cutting board and mezzaluna knife to ease the kitche work load. Share the joy of quick and efficiently chopping, dicing and mincing herbs, vegetables, fruits and meats.

Set Includes

  1. A 10'' x 10'' x 2'' thick Boos Block concave Mezzaluna Board made of end-grain hard-rock maple,
  2. A 6'' Forged Premium stainless-steel, double-bladed Pro Chef Rocker Mezzaluna Knife,
  3. A bottle of quality 4Cooks Board Creme
  4. Complete with a high-quality reusable wooden box and plexiglass lid.

Buy Shun Mezzaluna 6-Inch Knife and board

Shun Mezzaluna 6-Inch Knife and board bowl set

The Shun Mezzaluna 6-Inch Knife and board bowl set is designed for easy safe 'rocking' of the blade through all your favorite recipes.

  • The mezzaluna curved blade is made with the same precision and elements of all Shun Classic knives. The handle creates a natural rocking motion for cjhopping fresh herbs and vegetables. 
  • The bamboo bowl perfectly shaped to catch all your vegetables and herbs to add them to your recipe as needed.
  • All knives in the Shun Classic Series feature VG-10 "super steel" made of Carbon, Chromium, Cobalt, Manganese, Molybdenum, Silicon, and Vanadium. The material sees long-lasting use and comfort for you knives. 
  • The knives feature the premium Shun "D" shape Ebony-black PakkaWood handle. Designed to rest in the curve of the fingers for a more secure grip while you rock and chop.

Newton Prep Master II Cutting Board Set

The Newton Prep Master II Cutting Board Set . Features a reversible hard wood board with a dish. Reverse to find a shallow dish depression in the hardwood carving board that accommodates the mezzaluna's curved stainless steel blade. Easy rocking motion to chop, dice and mince fresh herbs and vegetables to save food prep time..

The Newton Prep Master II Cutting Board Set Includes;

  • Newton Prep Master II cutting board is made of solid edge grain northern hard rock maple..
  • The hardwood is finished with Boos Block board cream and beeswax with the dimensions: of 2.25'' H x 18'' W x 18'' D.
  • Board features a gaduated juice groove channel including a pan.
  • Upgrade from the Newton Prep Master with the reversible board with a dished surface. -Features a premium double bladed stainless steel mezzaluna rocker knife.
  • Set made in USA and is eco friendly

Choosing the best mezzaluna knife sets and Italian cooking knives will make your cooking and eating experience all the more enjoyable in 2011.

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      Paulo Pta 6 years ago from the Right Place

      I think it requires some experience to use it.

      Vote for useful done.

      See you back in my latest hubs. ;)

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      pol1ce the Mezzaluna does take a little trial and error given we are used to a straight knife but the rocking motion makes it very natural once in the groove.

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      In Alaska these are the norm for locals. The rocking motion seems to be perfect for the task of hide and meat separation. I have a mezzaluna knife, (receved as a gift years ago) and after an intial learning curve of 20 minutes, it was far more fun to use then any other knife in my kitchen. Up and useful billyaustindillon!


    • profile image 6 years ago

      I'm going to buy a Mezzaluna - awesome tip! Thanks Billy...but heh, do I need the board too?

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      K9 yes Alaskans do love the Mezzaluna. It has been said that Mezzalunas resemble the Alaskan Ulu knife. K9 what is neat is the learning curve so quick and you find more and more uses.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago no you don't need the board - any chopping board is fine - the mezzaluna specific boards are very handy though with the bowls shaped like the blade and trays

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      That is one knife we do not have in our kitchen. Sounds interesting.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      WOW what a beautiful web page for Mezzaluna Knife Sets - Italian Cooking Knives!

      Thank you for the brillant review of such a remarkable product! Well Done! :) Katie

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Peggy you definitely need to add a Mezzaluna to your kitchen with all those great Italian recipes you have.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Will send this hub to my husband who is the "chef extraordinare" in our house. It just might interest him although we already have a great abundance of good knives. We even have a specially made one of a kind one from a friend who recently died. He used special woods for the handles and the finest of steel. The one we have was made from 100 year old olive wood. It is a thing of beauty!

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Katie as they say once go Mezzaluna you never go back!

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Peggy that olive wood knife could tell some stories - 100 years of cutting! Sounds like you will have to get a mezzaluna from an antique shop to fit in with the other knives.

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      Kingsthorpedavid 6 years ago from Toowoomba Queensland Australia

      Hey that is my Mez!!!

      The one with wooden handles and brass rings.

      It is made by a blacksmith in SE Queensland Australia - Pete Bergmann, Slow Food & Hand Forged Tools. I have both sizes he makes and use the small one for chopping parsley and the large one for cutting Pizza!

      David - Queensland Australia.

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      Kingsthorpedavid 6 years ago from Toowoomba Queensland Australia

      Now I have simmered down after seeing "my" Aussie Mezzaluna pictured, can I say what an informative Blog this is Billy. It does take some practice to get the hang of the rocking motion, but you quickly pick it up. The Alaskan Ulu is also fascinating.

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      MungBean 6 years ago

      The beautiful Mezzaluna photo at top of page has been copied from Slow Food & Handforged Tools website.

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      MungBean 6 years ago

      I totally agree with Kingsthorpedavid's post above. The Mezzaluna found at Slow Food and Handforged Tools website is a work of art and comes with a block stand. The Mezzalunas are completely hand made by Pete Bergmann. It is the best quality Mezzaluna available anywhere!

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Kingsthorpedavid and MungBean thank you for your wonderful insight and I will be sure to give Pete Bergmann the appropriate acknowledgement - keep in slicing and dicing!

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      Kingsthorpedavid 6 years ago from Toowoomba Queensland Australia

      Who and where is MungBean?

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      No idea Kingsthorpedavid

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Really neat knife. There is nothing better than a good sharp knife when your working with cutting up vetetables. God Bless You.

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      billyaustindillon 5 years ago

      Stars the Mezzaluna is indeed sharp and ideal for cutting up vegetables with clean crisp cuts - once you go mezzaluna you never go back!

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      Antoine 2 years ago

      Did you know you have asked this question under gnorevment and politics? I haven't checked, but there could be a better place for this question, maybe hobbies ?But,most military do not use pocket knives for everything .For one thing, these may be considered as a weapon, and get you can get arrested in some places, not just on airplanes, but on military posts for carrying a knife.Military types train with weapons, but aren't allowed to carry them, just anywhere. They are kept under lock and key, except when going into combat, or training.

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