Dick but produced in a style that is uniquely French, named for Nogent, the city in which this style first flourished on an industrial level. Though it is well over 100 years old it is found here in remarkably well-preserved condition with no problems of any kind. It appears that a former owner customized the tip of its blade, giving it a slightly clipped profile, probably in an effort to lighten it just a tad. As a result it is a lightning-fast demon in the kitchen, chopping, dicing, mincing and slicing like few knives can.
Measuring 13-3/8" long with an 8.25" blade, it's perfect for large hands or small, capable of doing just about anything in even the most demanding kitchens. Because the Nogent-style offers so much lightness and maneuverability, it handles like a Porsche, the likes of which most chefs have never driven.
For the purpose of this sale we've had it professionally edged by Ross Cutlery in downtown Los Angeles, one of the best in the business, and as such it's FAR sharper than when it was new, guaranteed to thrill even the most jaded chef. As you can see from the photos it has a full and very fine hand-forged carbon steel blade hafted onto a VERY fine ebony handle entirely free of the cracks, looseness and other woes that so often bedevil knives of this Nogent style. Hold that handle in your hand and it feels like, Hello, old friend. Whether you'll be using it to chop a bushel of onions or to mince the tiniest clove of garlic, you'll be impressed by its balance and agility, rare for any kitchen knife.As with all knives using a Nogent-style handle it was made with a hidden, rat-tail tang below the blade (tang, flared bolster and blade are one piece) to pierce the ebony handle, anchored with a corresponding hooked tang rod inserted from the bottom, with a tube-shaped ferrule at the bolster (iron in this case) to provide added strength. The great deal of labor that goes into this design (my personal favorite for a vintage chef's knife of any configuation) favors a lighter-weight, higher degree of balance and, in my humble opinion, true craftsmanship and beauty in a chef's knife. But don't for a moment think this knife sacrifices one bit of strength.
The casual observer will say something like, but it isn't all one piece like those fully forged Wusthof knives I see at Bloomingdales! THIS design was the pinnacle of craftsmanship in chef's cutlery and was all but completely abandoned after WWII in favor of today's designs, only because they were far easier to mass produce. These, however, required one guild to forge the blades, another to finish them, another to make the handles and the "hafter's guild" to fit them all together.If you're someone who knows the FEEL of fine knives, you won't have to use this knife twice to understand what it's capable of, and you will experience nothing short of a revelation of performance. Like 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 chopping and 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. 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. All items come from a smoke-free home. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. If you dislike this or find this unfair, PLEASE shop elsewhere; we only want happy customers and it's our feeling that no one should be able to claim dissatisfaction with this policy, since we're stating it up front.
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DICK Nogent Sabatier-style Carbon Steel Chef Knife RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Monday, November 07, 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.