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November 13, 2010

Cheese Saw

And this saw blade has Zero (0) teeth per inch.  Inspired by an artifact, this is a reproduction of an early cheese slicer.  On the original only the iron frame was extant, the wire and handle were missing.  I needed a cheese knife/slicer/saw, so I asked Mr. Schramm, Master Blacksmith to make one up.  And he made three, two of which I still have to handle.

I would normally make up all three at once, but I needed one for my kitchen so I went ahead and handled one up for myself.  I have several square tapered curly maple handle blanks, so I just grabbed one, marked the center and using a 1/4″ gimblet bit drilled a hole to the desired depth.  Then using a small 1/8″ chisel I worried the hole to a square taper.  I also used a 1/4″ chisel to flatten the inside cheeks then a small square file to finish up.

After I fit the handle, I used a small cold chisel to upset some barbs on the corners of the tapered tang.  I then gave the handle a coat of Hemp Seed Oil before driving the handle onto the tang.  At last something to do with all my piano wire.  I put the iron frame in a clamp and compressed it while I twisted the ends of the piano wire.  When I removed the clamp, the wire went taught.  When plucked I believe it is R sharp.

And it works on some hard Parmesan cheese.

Now it is on to handle the others and make a handle for that spatula as well.



  1. We have some excellent artisanal cheese makers in my area who sell at local Farmers Markets. What might one of these cost,if you’re interested in selling?

    Comment by Tico Vogt — November 13, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

  2. Tico,

    We are making these for sale for a holiday sale/show up at the Park. So more than happy to sell them, $65.00 finished, if you want to put on your own handle, a kit with the iron frame and wire is $45.00. Should fit in a flat rate box.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — November 14, 2010 @ 7:00 am

  3. That’s a pretty sweet cheese slicer. How long does it take to manufacture one of them?

    Comment by Cheese Slicer Guy — November 14, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

  4. Zero teeth per inch? Are you sure? It looks like one of those billion teeth per inch blades I’ve been seeing in all the fancy saw-blade stores.

    Comment by Ken Pollard — November 15, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

  5. Cheese Slicer Guy,
    Takes the blacksmith about an hour to make one. Takes me less than a half hour to handle it up and put on the ‘blade’.


    I will let you count them, I will send you a piece of the blade for analysis.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — November 19, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

  6. Where did you get the Piano Wire? What is the thickness/ gauge? I am interested in making one so just looking for some specs. Thanks for your time.

    Comment by Clay Hanna — November 23, 2010 @ 8:30 am

  7. Clay,

    Welcome, a piano manufacturer here in Utah closed down and the piano wire was heading for the dump. I gave it a home, about 150 pounds of 16,17,18 and 19 gauge wire {American Wire Guide}. Glad to send you some if you pay the postage.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — November 23, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

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