Vacu Vin Mezzaluna
With a name meaning “half-moon” in Italian, this is a knife made for rocking a rolling. When used in a large bowl, as originally intended, the mezzaluna’s rounded blade chops herbs and vegetables into a very fine dice.
Its rolling action also lends itself to cutting pizza and uncooked dough. Thought to be invented in Italy in the early 1700s, the rounded blade of the mezzaluna allows for clean cuts without disruption of surrounding materials — including your fingers. When used with a large rounded bowl, the mezzaluna can be a handy tool for making chopped salads or chopping steamed spinach.
Other uses might include mincing garlic, onions, olives or roasted bell peppers. Just don’t get too carried away, or you might end up with mush!
While your fingers might be spared during the cutting process, be careful handling the slicer while cleaning. Danger of sliced fingers aside, it was still easier to clean than your standard pizza slicer.