Tools of the TradePosted: August 17, 2012
A butcher needs very few tools to dispatch, quickly and decisively, his quarry. A six inch boning knife, a saw, a bone scraper, a towel, and a board scraper. These few items are all that is really necessary to perform the duties. Certainly, a mechanized saw is extraordinarily useful, but there is something to be said for making your way through the necessary passages with the use of only your strength. It is a much more arduous task, to be certain; but it is so much more gratifying and fulfilling. When I use the hand held meat saw, I feel a connection to the past, to the history of my profession.
But then, I get tired and go back to the electric saw. Trust me, had my precursors had the ability, they would, too.