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Old 04-25-2012, 12:34 AM
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Today my nurse friend Charisse brought in this little gadget she brought home with her from a farm auction.
In the box she purchased were old potato mashers, spoons and other cutlery.

The handle on this thing is worn (so it was obviously used a lot) and has 4 curved blades. Two go in one direction, the other two in another. It's like maybe 6 (8?) inches long.
I held it and looked at it and didn't know.

She kept it with her and asked at least 20 of our old folks, most of them former farmers/farm wives was it was.
She even asked two of our mennonite ladies what it was, they didn't know, except Martha said she thought it might have been used to cut pastry.

None of them had a clue, but guessed.
Wish I'd have brought it home with me and snapped a pic to show you.
She wants to use it for a white elephant gift exchange, but won't until she knows exactly what it is.
Any idea?
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:33 AM
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Difficult to identify without a photo, but if I were to venture a guess, I would say that it might be a mincer designed to be used with a rocking motion. Many of these were designed to be used in a concave depression in a wooden board. You put the herbs or whatever in the depression, and chopped away.

The ones I see today have the blades going in only one direction, but crossing the blades would be more efficient.
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Thanks so much Jimbo.
I'll ask her if I can bring it home, then snap a pic to show.
Not sure if she's on schedule tomorrow, but she might be.
In any case, within the next few days I'll bring it home with me, then you can see it.
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Here is what I am thinking about. Close?
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No.
The handle is round, maybe 4 inches long and made of a carved wood.
The blades weren't sharp and didn't look like they'd ever been sharpened... the edges were dull.
The way the blades criss-crossed, it almost looked like something meant to blend.
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I think I remember seeing something like you are describing. My old memory is failing me right now.

Here is one from ebay
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More like this, with a thin long handle, with long curved blades.
This pic says it's a 4 blade food chopper?

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Iffn it be a food chopper, the blades be sharp. The one you picture is like the ones that fit in a dedicated bowl.

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Iffn it be a food chopper, the blades be sharp. The one you picture is like the ones that fit in a dedicated bowl.

Pics, girl
I'll get some.
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I forgot the name of these but they used a knife in Alaska and parts of the North West that was similar used in the skinning process. I've also seen other versions used by ancient bakers for mixing dough. Depending on sharpness it could really do both as the design would be handy in a modern kitchen for some jobs.
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I forgot the name of these but they used a knife in Alaska and parts of the North West that was similar used in the skinning process. I've also seen other versions used by ancient bakers for mixing dough. Depending on sharpness it could really do both as the design would be handy in a modern kitchen for some jobs.
I think the knife you are talking about is called an Ulu, and the kitchen version is a mezzaluna. Probably misspelled.
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I think the knife you are talking about is called an Ulu, and the kitchen version is a mezzaluna. Probably misspelled.
Yes that would be them. The Ulu would be the Alaskan name for it version and the Mezzaluna I guess would be the modern version but not sure. I've seen them used in kitchens though and a lot of places sell them.
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Default Re: Tool Question- Might Be A Kitchen Tool?

Maybe some sort of sifter handle for sifting flour through a colander (part missing)?
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Without a picture, I cannot confirm but, it may be for cutting lard into flour to make pie crust.

Granma had one.
The best flaky pie crust is made with lard and flour and as little mechanical action as possible. Cutting the lard into the flour rather than "mixing it" works best. Less gluten is released.

Also the best way to make egg noodles and spoon drop shortbread biscuts.

Jimbo's picture is a less complicated version of the same tool. Alternate use would be mashing spuds and squash. Sharp blades wouldnot be required.
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Franc, I'll see if she'll let me bring it home.
Guess it has to be seen to know what it is.
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Sounds like a dough cutter for dumplings to me. It cuts the leafs you fold up over the apples so they don't wrinkle.
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Both of the pics Jimbo posted are mezzlunas, one modern and the other an antique.

I'll wait for pics from PG before making any guesses about what her friend has.

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Both of the pics Jimbo posted are mezzlunas, one modern and the other an antique.

I'll wait for pics from PG before making any guesses about what her friend has.

The last photo is a dough mixer, the first is a modern interpretation of the mezzluna.
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Here it is!

On the one blade (last pic) you can see it says Stainless Steel Travco Taiwan.

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Ya got me PG.
Although I can see many uses for the device, exactly for whit it was intented eludes me.
I have no idea what that is.
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