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Sardinian knives

A brief history of the sardinian knife

Since the time of the famous bronzetti, the Sardinians were used to bring knives as a tool of power, as the chieftain (on the right), and as tools.

The term Logudorese "resorza" comes from the Latin Rasori, general purpose knife, which also served as razor precisely.

When around 1157 the Templars settled in Sardinia from them it has benn learned a lot about the art of forging iron, art that they had perfected in the East during the Crusades

The most common weapon in Sardinia in 800 "Sa Leppa", was a kind of short sword with a slightly curved blade and handle of horn or wood.

The knife was born around 1600, after the legislation issued by the Spanish and Piedmontese, which prohibited the use of a fixed blade knife, "The Leppa" precisely because it was becoming an instrument of defense of the people, of who that, not being noble, or soldier, he could not turn reinforced.

Between 800 and 900 the knife spreads rapidly among all groups in society, mainly shepherds and farmers, as an indispensable tool for everyday needs.

In some municipalities, the amount produced by the professionalism of the craftsmen becomes a traditional types of knives: Knife Arburese, Lussurgese, Guspinese, Pattadese, Dorgalese and Tempiese.

Among the many different qualities of the knifes above "Sa resorza iscanesa" is distinguished by a peculiarity, which is a fundamental difference in the handle. Although similar to pattadese in generic form, the handle is carved from a single piece of horn instead of two halves joined by a core of iron.

In the video below we see the craftsman of Scano Montiferro Tanuccio Leoni at work  . Tanuccio, for hobby, in his small workshop creates knives of great value. The video was produced by Francesco Serchisu whom I thank for his availability.



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