This is another rare and beautiful piece of exceptional quality, but because its makers marks have been worn smooth we're able to offer it here at a relatively affordable price. It's made of noticeably finer quality than most such knives and is in superb condition with NONE of the hairlines that too often bedevil knives of this desigbn. It also comes RAZOR sharp and ready to work right out of the box, professionally sharpened by the good folks at Ross Cutlery in downtown Los Angeles, the best in the business. In addition to being a small slice (no pun intended) of cooking and cutlery history, the knife also represents SUPERB utility, even today.There are few words which adequately describe its performance more than just plain Wow! 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 its GORGEOUS rosewood handle, with a white brass ferrule at the bolster to provide added strength. 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 balance 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 the FEEL of 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. Of course, as you'd expect, it will shave WAFER-thin slices of charcuterie, tomatoes, onions, or anything else but for chopping, mincing, dicing, etc. 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. Here's your chance to acquire what you'll rightly come to think of as an heirloom. Measures 11-7/8" with 7" blade--but by any measure this knife will come up BIG whenever and wherever you may use it. A WORD ABOUT MAINTENANCE: Never use a dishwasher.Never soak the knife even briefly, as the antique wood of the handle could split from expansion. Wash the knife by hand and wipe clean immediately thereafter.
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We'd like to sell'em cheaper.. But MY WIFE won't let me!! Listing created with eLister 3.1.2 for Macintosh. The item "Rare Vintage Sabatier Smaller Carbon Steel Nogent-style Chef Knife RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Thursday, October 08, 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.