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Made in Solingen, Germany by Friedrich Herder and Sons, this beautiful old French-style butcher knife has been used and sharpened--expertly--and even some 50 or more years after it was first forged remains one of the best knives of its kind you'll ever use. Like all Herder knives of this vintage, it's full of the kind of expensive, labor-intensive detail that ultimately contributed to the demise of this once-dominant maker of fine cutlery of every description. The company has been reborn but their wares no longer reign supreme as they once did.
Unlike today's mass-produced, hot-drop forged blades i. By machine, this knife enjoys a fully hand-forged blade made from superior virgin carbon steel. As such, it is quite superior to that made today by any but the most demanding custom cutlers. I estimate the age of the piece to be 1950s-60s, possibly older, as evidenced by its outstanding, and singularly most impressive design detail, the inlaid spade logo center rivet.
The company used this logo for well over a century (it's repeated in the stamping on the blade), but only on their best knives. Like all superb knives of this vintage, it has a tapered tang for greater balance, and a measure of fit and finish more akin to that of a hand-built Rolls Royce than a robotically assembled Lexus, if you know what I mean. A collector's piece though it may be, it would be an utter shame not to use it daily. It's blade is made of beautiful carbon steel, and will hold a razor's edge, with relatively easy honing.
And for this sale we've had it professionally, expertly edged by Ross Cutlery of downtown Los Angeles, one of the best in the business, and it's now WICKEDLY sharp in a way that very few knives ever can be--far sharper than when it first left the factory. If you've never used a carbon steel knife before, you're in for a treat. Experienced chefs know that only a true carbon steel blade can consistently attain the razor-sharp edge that makes cooking a true pleasure you must wipe the knife after every use to avoid stains and rusting, but will be richly rewarded with superior performance!It comes in a very handy medium size, measuring 11-3/8" long overall with a 6.25" blade--but it's razor edge and balance make it excellent for any job in your kitchen, large or small. Handle is a single chunk of beechwood that's warmer to the touch and easier on the eyes than the ubiquitous black plastic that dominates the modern market. Straight out of the box, this knife will be ready to serve a useful lifetime of trimming and slicing meats and generally making fast work of whatever you put in its way. This style is ideal for cutting and trimming meats, but most chefs find no end of uses for them, especially in this size, from slicing onions to making a sandwich. The safety-style handle will help nicely in keeping your fingers where they belong--on your hand. You might not be aware that cutlery companies like Herder began to use recycled steel stock in 1987, but this knife was made WELL prior to that from virgin steel.
Whether you are a professional or amateur chef, you'll instantly come to love this magnificent vintage knife as one of your very favorites. Also will make an exceptionally surprising gift for the discriminating chef on your list. 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?
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We'd like to sell'em cheaper.. But MY WIFE won't let me!! The item "FINE Vintage HERDER Chef's French-style Carbon Steel Butcher Knife RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Monday, March 05, 2018. 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.