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In person none of these exist; we will say so in the description if it may be otherwise. If you've been in the market for a finer-than-fine antique paring knife you're well aware that they're few and far between, but to find one like this is just plain pay-dirt. In inverse proportion to its smaller footprint (" long with a 4.5" blade), this superb knife is guaranteed to come up HUGE each and every time you use it, either in the kitchen or for display in your collection.In the kitchen, it's an incredbly fast and nimble performer, offering intimidating performance coupled with a handle made in the Nogent style--a virtual Indy car for your kitchen. When considered that the pedigree of this piece puts it among the finest ever made in France, there's no escaping the fact that it is a very special find, indeed, and we're very proud to offer it here for your consideration. Though this knife is not stamped with the name "L'Enfer, " we're guaranteeing its identity--and, more importantly, its QUALITY--as 100% of L'Enfer Sabatier manufacture.
The L'Enfer brand (L'Enfer means "Hell" in French) often experienced resistance in the American market because their logo and identity were inextricably tied to an image of the Devil, a bit risky on the puritanical American market. The L'Enfer works earned their name and were known in French as "the hollows of hell" because they consisted of an early 19th century factory with hundreds of hand-forging stations, in which temperatures often exceeded 100 degrees. To avoid conflict with fire-and-brimstone types over here, they often used other logos for their knives, and this one, with its running chef holding a knife under his arm on the blade, is one of those We're not the devil! The true value of the piece, however, is in using it.The litheness and balance of the piece just continue to astonish----just remarkable in every way. The real market for this knife won't really be needing much further introduction anyway. As you can see in the photos, this knife is in excellent condition, with none of the requisite hairlines in its ebony handle. It's also WICKEDLY sharp, having been edged for this sale by Ross Cutlery in downtown Los Angeles, the best in the business, and it's now much sharper than when it first left the factory. It is guaranteed to thrill. An heirloom-quality piece that will, if properly maintained, feed the appetites and imaginations of generations to come. There are few words which adequately describe using it more than just plain Wow! " It was expertly hand-forged with an integral bolster and rat-tail tang that's hidden inside its solid ebony handle, pleaseingly curved to fit the hand perfectly and finished with a grooved "high-hat ferrule for reinforcement at the bolster. It's almost a Nogent-style handle, but not quite. Still, the great deal of labor that goes into this design favors a lighter-weight, higher degree of balance and, in my humble opinion, the finest craftsmanship and beauty in a chef's knife. As with all fine vintage carbon steel knives, it will rust if not carefully kept dry during use, but you'll be richly rewarded for your trouble with superior slicing in every way, shape and form. Carbon is also easier to rehone and does not require a blacksmith's skills to achieve the finest possible edge.
A knife like this elevates the mundane tasks in any kitchen to an art form, and may even spark your imagination to new levels of creativity in the kitchen. 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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IMPORTANT: After TWELVE YEARS of doing everything we could to hold the line on int'l. If you're not in total agreement with us here or disagree for any reason, again, we can only urge you to PLEASE shop elsewhere. We'd like to sell'em cheaper.. But MY WIFE won't let me!! The item "Antique L'ENFER Sabatier France Carbon Steel Chef's Paring Knife - RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Thursday, March 28, 2019.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Kitchenware\Utensils\Cutlery". The seller is "ralph1396" and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.