Please read our Terms below for details. This beautifully preserved English chef's knife was lovingly hand-forged and crafted in a timeless style that is uniquely British (though heavily influenced by the French). Its blade stamping shows that it was hand-forged in Sheffield, England by Latham & Owen, probably between the world wars. Latham & Owen was once one of Sheffield's finest makers of premium-quality cutlery for professional chefs and this knife was made at the height of the company's prowess.
Like many other Sheffield makers, the company spiraled in decline for economic reasons and the quality of their cutlery suffered as a result, the company being forced to compete more and more with the cheap, mass-produced goods of Japan and other makers. This knife, though, pre-dates all of those woes and is a model of beauty, functionality and craftsmanship. Stylistically, it is the embodiment of a British chef's knife.In terms of its quality, materials and condition, it lacks for nothing. This knife was probably used on a daily basis in some huge country estate's private kitchen or in one of the fine haute cuisine eateries of London.
Interesting note: if you have seen the film "Gosford Park" then you've seen this knife--there's one laying on the table ready to be sharpened by the servants! It comes in a very desirable XXL size (17-5/8" long with 12" blade)--the largest size the company made--and the fit and finish of its carbon steel blade and old-growth rosewood handles is exquisite.
Like all fine knives, it has a fully forged tang that extends the full length of the knife, tapering towards both ends for maximum balance. When you use a knife like this, it feels like an extension of your hand, not a mere object that you're holding.
It's superb aesthetics are matched by it's performance. You will not find a sharper, more functional blade than those hand-forged from Sheffield steel. This is the perfect knife for a wide variety of kitchen tasks, and is, for many old-school chefs, the only knife you'll ever need.
From creating paper-thin slices of turkey breast, tomato, cucumber, onion or whatever, to reducing large piles of your garden's freshest herbs into small piles of aromatic goodness, this outstanding knife will outperform just about any other. This exceptional knife was recently given an EXTREMELY sharp professional edge and must be treated with extreme care or will land a careless user in the ER needing stitches. In the old days, many classically trained French chefs didn't consider a knife fit for professional use until it received its first "working" edge upon receipt from the factory. Sushi chefs continue this tradition with their rituals of water stones and the resulting keen of their blades is virtually alien to casual (and to many professional) users of Western indoctrination.
This knife comes pretty close to just that kind of sharpness and you'll have no trouble finding a myriad of uses for it. Notice that the knife incorporates the slightly rounded French bolster, which allows your fingertips to achieve maximum contact with the knife for better control than its German counterparts. The one truly British design element it enjoys, however, is the flare at the base of the handle, reminiscent of a saber's handle. The blade still shines like stainless, though will definitely discolor over time and will rust if not kept dry with each use. Condition is used but functionally excellent, as photos show.Whether you're an amateur or professional chef, you know how important the finest cutlery is to your state of mind while cooking. Here's your chance to relax and let your hands take over. And it's never too early to find the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for loved one!
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The item "FINEST Vintage Latham & Owen Sheffield XXL Carbon Steel Chef Knife RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Wednesday, September 30, 2015. 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.