It has picked up some discoloration from decades of storage but still is 100% in every way. It was produced in Maniago, Italy's cutlery-making capital--by Pino, a company that never imported their wares into this country but which enjoyed a superb reputation in Italy itself. This exact design is unique to Italy and could best be characterized as the perfect hybrid between the classic French butcher knife and the classic Swiss cleaver. Heavier than the knife but lighter than the cleaver, its blade is a wickedly sharp force to be reckoned with.
Some Italian makers (like Alexander or Sanelli) still produce one something like it, though with plastic handles and stainless steel blades. It comes to us as part of a much larger collection of VERY fine Italian chef's cutlery pieces, some of which are rustic pieces, made by their original owners, and some, like this one, are pieces that would become the showpieces of most serious cutlery collections.Like their collector counterparts, any professional chef would be DELIGHTED to own and use such a fine, professional grade piece of cutlery. It was made with a beautifully grained genuine cherry-wood handle--large, pleasingly curved, and beautiful to behold--fixed onto the tang of its entirely hand-forged blade's tapered tang using hand-forged brass and steel birdseye rivets. Though its blade is shiny like stainless, its blade is carbon (non-stainless) steel, and it WILL rust if not properly maintained. This minor inconvenience is more than offset by the superior performance of carbon steel, as any chef over the age of 50 can tell you. WE, however, have done that for you, finishing this edge so perfectly razor sharp that one could literally use it to shave.
We STRONGLY advise exercising the utmost caution in using such a knife as this or a careless user may very well find himself in the ER needing fingers. Like all of the finest knives in the world, it's full of the details which fully demonstrate the beauty of real craftsmanship in cutlery. It's as fine a knife to hold and feel as it is to use, perfectly balanced, heavy duty without ever feeling heavy. Measures 16-5/8" long with 10-3/8" blade that's just under 3" wide and more than 1/8" thick at its spine, tapering toward the edge, toward the pommel and toward the point.
For usage, there's NONE finer, or simply makes a VERY fine addition to any collection. And remember--we never regret the extravagances we allow ourselves in life, only the bargains. 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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We'll be happy to tell you what we really think but dare not do so over the (easily monitored) intra-net the company runs. Other web-based companies often filter our attempts to contact you with a spam filter. It is YOUR responsibility to maintain an address that is reachable at all times.We'd like to sell'em cheaper.. But MY WIFE won't let me!! Listing created with eLister 3.1.2 for Macintosh. The item "BIG Vintage PINO Italy Hand-forged Carbon Steel Chef's Butcher Knife RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Monday, March 14, 2016. 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.