Bologna’s Old Cutlery Shop

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In a recent NY Times Foraging column, Melissa Clark profiles Antica Aguzzeria del Cavallo, a cutlery shop that dates back to 1783.

Clark notes, “If it cuts, rips, tears, nicks, grates, slices, shaves or pricks and is legal to sell, they most likely have it.”

Here’s another taste of the short article:

When Antonio Bernagozzi opened it in 1783, the shop was primarily a resource for hunters, which explains both the antique leather-sheathed daggers adorning the front wall, and those camouflage jackets (though not the canisters of mace). Here, a customer could once buy a steel hunting knife and return as needed to hone the blade before giving chase to wild boars in the nearby hills.

Being the heartland of Italian cooking, Bologna is a great place to pick up a new kitchen tool. Just make sure to pack it in your checked luggage.

Melanie Renzulli

Melanie Renzulli

Melanie Renzulli has been writing about travel to Italy for more than 20 years.

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