No cracks on the ebony handle. Blade and handle = very finely polished.
The blade may shows some black spots and marks from previous sharpening but the surface is very smooth and the steel is amazing. The handle is varnished (3 times). After the last layer of varnish the handle was polished. Be careful not to put it into the washing machine.The handle is made out of ebony wood and the varnish only resist between -20 to 100 Celsius degrees (-4 to 212 Fahrenheit). I have a small sharpening business and I like to think I know what a sharp knife is. It was sharpened only on Japanese water stones. No sparkles, the stones are continuously impregnated and sprayed with water. That means no damaging of the original steel quality (like hardening). The last stone is an 8,000 grit which means mirror polish. It is a carbon steel blade. I have sharpened it manually on Japanese water stones (using a lot of water which means no sparks - in order to maintain the original blade properties - like hardening). Last stone 8000 grit - mirror finish, razor sharp.
I have a little sharpening business which means that the knife is properly sharpened - I like to believe. The Japanese water stones can be used only when they are wet and continuously sprayed with water. AT THE POST OFFICE YOU GOTTA PRODUCE AN I. IN ORDER TO GET YOUR KNIFE (PARCEL/ENVELOPE) AND TO SIGN FOR IT. Carbon steel knives are capable of being sharpened to razor-like keenness, and hold an edge for a very long time.
The trade off for this wicked sharpness is oxidation. That means they could rust. Looked after properly, however, they will develop a patina long before any rust can take root.
You will find, as I have, that these blades will change colour becoming grey or even black as they are used. This is just the patina developing. Consider how a copper roof becomes green over time, or a leather jacket becomes more beautiful as it ages.This is an oxidation process that occurs with carbon steel knives, once the patina has developed the surface will no longer be susceptible to further corrosion (rust). Should rusting occur simply use a kitchen scrubby (not copper or steel wool as this will scratch the surface) and warm, soapy water to remove anything that looks like rust. Its impossible to avoid some discoloration with carbon steel knives. As you use them on foods like onions, tomatoes or other acidic food you will notice that a greyish hue will develop. This is to be expected, just wash with warm water and keep dry.
My carbon knives have a strong patina that I acknowledge as a reward for using exceptional knives, each blade being unique. And remember don't be scared using a carbon steel knife. It's just iron and carbon. Some people are taking iron pills for their health. The item "Antique SABATIER Style Nogent Type Chef's Knife 11" is in sale since Thursday, February 15, 2018.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Kitchenware\Utensils\Cutlery". The seller is "cristi57cristian" and is located in PITESTI. This item can be shipped worldwide.