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 Post subject: A Strange Profile
PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:38 pm 

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Hi all,

Wasn't sure where exactly to post this. I am wondering what you all make of this profile.
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90% of the handmade knives I saw in Yucatan, Mexico are this profile and I don't know what to make of it. You have more tip accuracy, but the tip is at such a large angle that it doesn't work well for most tip work IMHO. You can rock just fine, you can chop, you can push, pulling is a little weird for anything but small objects. Seen the bigger ones with thicker spines used for meat breakdown and I've used it a bit myself on fish. Maybe it's just an aesthetic/tradition, maybe it's just an easy shape to forge, maybe it makes sense ergonomically....

I've got a few of these and before I fix em up too much, I want to hear your thoughts.


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 Post subject: Re: A Strange Profile
PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:22 pm 

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Remind me of the CCK Rhino cleavers. The site states they're great for dismemberment and breaking down primals, but can do veggies as well. Maybe they eat a good bit of backyard raised pigs and such in Yucatan.

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/cckcleaver.html


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 Post subject: Re: A Strange Profile
PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:19 pm 
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I agree. I see hanging sides of beef when I see that shape.



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 Post subject: Re: A Strange Profile
PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:49 am 

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Kind of like a bullnose butcher knife, without that extra bit not far from the tip.

This is timely. I have been wondering about the kitchen knives used in other parts of the world. It can't all be French/German, Chinese, & Japanese. Cursory Googling has yielded nothing.


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 Post subject: Re: A Strange Profile
PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:52 am 

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That reminds me of a traditional korean kitchen knife.


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 Post subject: Re: A Strange Profile
PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:40 am 
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And then you have the knives from Sayula, Mexico. Don't know much about them, but they look cool. There's a funny stop motion video by PES that made me notice that type of knife. Usually have my avatar from that video. :) Posted links to it here some time ago: stop-motion-cooking-by-pes-t7781.html

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E-bay link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Old-Hand-forged ... 1434097221


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 Post subject: Re: A Strange Profile
PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:26 pm 
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Limpet, cool video!! I wasn't around when you first posted it. Fwiw..I had a handmade knife almost like the one you picture. Used it for camping in the 70s. Handle came off and I used jute cord to refasten. My wife saw it laying around and it went out in the give away box to our housekeeper. Might guess her country of origin. When she saw me using a bull nosed butcher knife that I recently got from Jeff, she shared that her husband loves the knife that we gave them. Now that I'm a knife nut I miss it but more essentially it's in good use.
My head sees a different and cool profile and says, "you don't have one like that, might be a good idea to get one."


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