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This is a beautiful antique piece of exceptional quality, used but in excellent condition. Known in the meat-cutting trade as a Balkan Steel, it was made in Germany by F. Dick, probably sometime in the early 20th century.It comes from a company that is still the world's finest maker of professional-quality knife steels for chefs and butchers, as it was at the time of its manufacture over 100 years ago. In terms of materials, craftsmanship, condition and size, this steel have everything going for it one could hope for and more. As photos show, it's stamped with the maker's name and arrow logo on one side of its ridged and flat steel, with "Germany, " on the other. Its flattened beavertail shape, along with its ridges, make it ideal for honing the finest knives in the world. With a greater surface area upon which to expose your knife's edge, the steel does several times the work of a round, traditional steel with each and every stroke.
It's fitted with handles made from an early black composite material, hafted over its full tang with some beautiful old-fashioned birdseye rivets. These handles are riveted over a full tang with integral lanyard ring. The handle is capped with beautifully wrought brass bolsters and has 2 matching brass rings at the pommel, which were meant to be used like a belt buckle, to close the steel around the apron strings of the chef or butcher who carried it (in the old fashion, dangling from his side), making this a masterpiece in every sense. To say the least, this is a special steel and will function as beautifully as it looks.
It is further made special by the beauty and detail of its craftsmanship and materials--world class in every way. It measures 16" long overall (not including the rings) with a 11.25" steel. The handle has no cracks, chips or looseness, which is rare for a piece like this and its ridges are still quite capable of putting the hone on a generation or two of constant use.
No one's making Balkan steels like this these days, owing to the enormous cost of manufacturing, but here's your chance to pick one up that's as functional as it is beautiful. A beautiful piece for use or for display among a collector's finest cutlery and an instant heirloom for user and collector alike. Our store's inventory is searchable using the search field or may be browsed by clicking on categories, with each option found on the left side of the store's homepage. Don't see it or can't find what you're looking for? It's wrong--it's STEALING--and you WILL be turned in to us by one of the legion of our loyal customers, who inevitably see your plagiarism and notify us about it.
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