Old Traditional Knife Pattada's knife boasts a long tradition.
As Pattada lies on a wide iron ore deposit, the most ancient knives and tools were produced with soft iron, with all the defects we can imagine; they were made with stamps, some of them found some years ago.
After the advent of cast iron (95% of iron and 5% of carbon), they reached what is still the ideal material for the knife: steel, obtained by reducing the carbon in the iron form the 5% to the 1%. In this way we have obtained different types of steel that today let us produce almost perfect knives.
Through years, the knife's shape has passed from a squared off shape to a rounded one. In the first stone models dated back to the Prehistoric Age the rectangular shape prevailed; in particular it remained in the most precious, very sharp blades, that were used to shave and were protected by a special case; in Latin they were called rasoria.
With the passing of time a case directly joined to the blade was created: in this way the blacksmiths originated the jack knife that in Sardinian kept the Latin name rasoria adapting it in rasorza or resolza, while in Italian the name rasoio (razor) has been kept for the shaving blade only.
Since ancient times people preferred for many uses a triangular blade: the first example is a bronze knife found in a Nuraghic settlement near Pattada. Little by little such shape has been improved until it has reached the current shape of myrtle leaf, typical of the pattadese knife, event if it is widely imited.