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I've had it for over 40 years after having picked it up at a Paris flea market. It's a knife any user, I think, will come to treasure because it does fit the hand near to perfection and you feel like there's NOTHING you can't do with it. In this VERY rare smaller size, it's offered here with a full and RAZOR sharp blade--the ULTIMATE find for some chef with a smaller hand or just an outstanding light-duty knife for the rest of us. It's another one of those rarest of knives that helps us understand the difference between a great knife and the RIGHT knife.
It measuers 9-5/8" long with a 5.5" blade, which we've had professionally sharpened and hone to a RAZOR's edge for this sale. It comes from one of the finest cutlery companies in the world, one of the oldest Sabatier companies--their world-famous "La Trompette" line of knives, whose logo was the bugle. So old is this knife, in fact, that it pre-dates the Sabatier name; only years later would the Sabatier name grace these knives, known to chefs and purveyors throughout Europe simply by their logos (cutleries wisely included pictographic logos, to accomodate the many illiterate chefs). Condition is outstanding, with a beautifully patinated blade that shows none of the abuses often inflicted by careless sharpeners.And just look at it--a greater thing of beauty you will be hard-pressed to find at any price. There are few words which adequately describe using it more than just plain Wow! It was expertly hand-forged with what's known as a Nogent-style handle, a mangificent French design named for the legendary knifemaking city of the same name, near Thiers, that uses a rat-tail tang hidden in the handle below the blade (tang, flared bolster and blade are one piece) to pierce the handle. This style was pioneered shortly prior to the 1878 Paris World's Fair, at which this very same design won the Gold Medal. This knife is stamped to reflect that stamp reads, DUFRESNE (its original distributor), La Trompette, Medaille D'Or EXP[osition] UN[iversel] 1878. 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 the likes of which are found no more in ANY modern knife. The casual observer will say something like, but it isn't all one piece like those fully-forged Henckels 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. 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. It is a lightweight DYNAMO in the kitchen, and your hand will BLAZE through jobs in the kitchen (if you're like me, you'll start looking for things that need chopping). 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 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. Of course, as you'd expect, it's the ideal tool for chopping, dicing, mincing and reducing piles of herbs and vegetables into smaller mounds of aromatic good ness for inclusion in your favorite recipes.
It will also, like a slicer, shave WAFER-thin slices of charcuterie, tomatoes, onions, or anything else. Here's an all-too-rare opportunity to acquire what you'll rightly come to think of as an heirloom, either for use, for display as part of a collection of fine vintage cutlery, or even as the ideal gift for that hard-to-shop-for chef on your list.
A WORD ABOUT MAINTENANCE: Never use a dishwasher. Wash the knife by hand and wipe clean immediately thereafter. Wipe the knife clean when using it on wet or acidic foods. It WILL rust if not maintained properly. I apply a very thin coat of non-toxic mineral oil to blade and wooden handles periodically, to seal them from ambient moisture in the atmosphere (olive or corn oil will suffice).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. It's not an attempt to profit, simply the only way my elderly bones can continue to offer so many items. WE SELF-INSURE using our business policy. I will gladly send you the forms necessary to file. Late, so again, we ask you in advance to please forgive our humanity.
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Carbon Steel Chef Knife RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Wednesday, April 10, 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.