Dick, probably sometime in the early 20th century. It comes from a company that is still the world's finest maker of professional-quality knife steels for chefs and butchers, as it was at the time of its manufacture over 100 years ago. In terms of materials, craftsmanship, condition and size, this steel have everything going for it one could hope for and more.At 13" long with a 7.5" bar, its size is especially noteworthy because it's more modestly sized than most of its kind. I personally prefer longer steels but for all kinds of reasons all kinds of users have their own needs, so there should be no doubt that for SOME lucky user this rarity will make this steel the RIGHT one for them. As photos show, it's stamped with the maker's name and arrow logo on one side of its ridged and flat steel. Its flattened beavertail shape, along with its ridges, make it ideal for honing the finest knives in the world. With a greater surface area upon which to expose your knife's edge, the steel does several times the work of a round, traditional steel with each and every stroke. It's fitted with handles made from beautiful jacaranda wood, hafted over its full tang with some beautiful old-fashioned birdseye rivets. These handles are riveted over a full tang with integral lanyard ring. The handle is capped with beautifully wrought nickel silver bolsters and has 2 iron rings at the pommel, which were meant to be used like a belt buckle, to close the steel around the apron strings of the chef or butcher who carried it (in the old fashion, dangling from his side), making this a masterpiece in every sense. To say the least, this is a special steel and will function as beautifully as it looks. It is further made special by the beauty and detail of its craftsmanship and materials--world class in every way. The handle has no cracks, chips or looseness, which is rare for a piece like this and its ridges are still quite capable of putting the hone on a generation or two of constant use. No one's making Balkan steels like this these days, owing to the enormous cost of manufacturing, but here's your chance to pick one up that's as functional as it is beautiful. A beautiful piece for use or for display among a collector's finest cutlery and an instant heirloom for user and collector alike.
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DICK Germany Chef/Butcher's Medium Balkan Knife Sharpening Steel" is in sale since Friday, May 8, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Kitchenware\Utensils\Cutlery". The seller is "ralph1396" and is located in Los Angeles, California.
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