Please read our Terms below for details. PLEASE NOTE: We take our photos in natural light outdoors and as a result there are sometimes reflections or shadows or glare shown in the blades. In person none of these exist; we will say so in the description if it may be otherwise. We're proud to offer here another rare and beautiful piece of exceptional quality, in a highly desirable humongous size--19.25" long with 13.75" blade.Despite its rather large footprint, this superb knife eight in at just 12.3 ounces-- a stealthy and lethal vegetable-chopping, meat-waferizing assassin that handles better than mortal knives half its size. 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, especially in this highly-desirable larger size. It has become beautifully patinated by the touch of many hands and the passing of many years, but there's nothing outdated or "old" about its performance, which is astonishing. Its blade is stamped with the Sabatier K imprimatur, oldest of the Sabatier brands, from one of their earliest incarnations. One needs only to use it once, though, to recognize that regardless of who made it or when, HOW they made it is simply timelessly world-class. How many other sellers out there are offering that kind of warrantee?
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, whose cutlery guilds pioneered using a 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 to provide added strength (german silver in this case). 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 "feel" and, in my humble opinion, true craftsmanship and beauty in a chef's 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.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 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.
Best of all, and what truly distinguishes this particular knife, though, is the fact that this exceptional knife was 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. Condition of the knife is excellent, and it's entirely free of the hairlines that often bedevil knives of this style.
Whether you'll be using this gem or merely displaying it, it represents an excellent chance to acquire what you'll rightly come to think of as an heirloom. A WORD ABOUT MAINTENANCE: Never use a dishwasher. Never soak the knife even briefly, as the antique wood of the handle will split from expansion. Wash the knife by hand and wipe clean and dry 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.
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The item "HUGE Antique SABATIER K 19.25 FINE Carbon Steel Nogent Chef Knife RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Thursday, December 26, 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.