This is a RARE antique piece of exceptional quality, made in Winterthur, Switzerland outside of Zurich. It has its maker's name marked on it, too, as you can see (along with "GARANTIE") but I don't know and can't read its name. They were probably a smaller maker, as would have been just about any from Switzerland at this time, when industry enjoyed only a very light footprint in this alpine country.
With its smoothly cast brass handle, it was once the very HEIGHT of industrial design, made sometime in the late 1800's-early 1900's. Its smooth and unridged carbide steel rod isn't round in profile, as most are, but is ovoid, offering your knives edges a greater surface area upon which to ride, honing them more quickly and more effectively. To say the least, once you've held this piece in your hand, you'll know you're holding a piece of fine quality. It's quite large, and measures 17-3/8" overall with a 12" rod--perfect for keeping a razor's hone on your finest knives by any maker, in any size.It's in excellent condition, as photos show. I've been collecting vintage kitchen knives and related items for well over 60 years and this is the only one of its kind I've ever seen. Don't let it get away.
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We'd like to sell'em cheaper.. But MY WIFE won't let me!! The item "RARE Antique Winterthur Swiss Chef/Butcher's XXL Ovoid Knife Sharpening Steel" is in sale since Wednesday, August 23, 2017. 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.