This Company,in "Via del Porto",was maintained until the second world war when, during the bombings of Bologna, the building was partially destroyed. The industries were in fact considered strategic during the war and thus were targets of bombing. At the end of the war the company was reopened and continued business, expanding to include other products: they purchased from England the patents for the manual meat grinder Elect series, which together with the tomato milling machines are still their main products, but they also offer choppers, ice crushers, graters, etc.
Dalmo Mariano from Brazil did try out quite some designs in his workshop before he arrived at creating his perfect professional throwing knife: the Faka. It is laser cut from thick steel, then the bevels are added by hand. The steel used is a good Brazilian medium carbon steel, strong and reliable. It is tempered to a hardness in the low 40s of the Rockwell scale, because a throwing knife should never break on high impact, but merely bend so that it can be repaired easily. But apart from a few scratches at the tip, two test throws against a concrete wall did not damage the Faka at all!
St. Louis Ocarina was established in 2005 to help revive interest in the art of ocarina playing. Our ocarinas have appeared with major symphony orchestras under the direction of such notable conductors as Pierre Boulez and Michael Tilson Thomas. Our ocarinas have been used in performances with the New World Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, Chicago Symphony and most recently, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in their holiday concerts. Not only do we strive to provide the highest quality instruments, we are also committed to helping each of you in your path to mastering the ocarina. Whether you are a seasoned professional or are picking up an ocarina for the first time, it is our goal to provide you with all you need to continue improving.