We date it to the period of early-mid 1800's, judging by its overall construction and the fonts of its stamped maker's markings. If you'll notice the butt of its handle, which is capped with a cast brass pommel, we think you will agree, especially since it was also made with a shear steel blade, an early kind of folded steel that is somewhat akin to damascus steel. In terms of craftsmanship, condition, materials and utility, it is superb. We're often asked for finer vintage smaller knives in carbon steel, primarily because they're the hardest ones to find in usable condition, but this one should exceed the requirements of even the most delusional chef.
It comes from a maker called N&S but I'm not sure who that might be. Hand-forged with an integral blade/bolster/tang, it possesses the kind of superior steel that made Sheffield famous. As you can see in the photos, it is just incredibly well-preserved, from point to pommel. Even more striking than its blade, I think, is its horn handle, which was selected not only for its beautiful graining but also for the way its natural curvature matches the natural contours of the human hand.
To find this knife in any condition is nothing short of RARE and to find it in this condition is nothing short of amazing. It is fully intact, rock solid in every way. It outshines and outclasses anything in the modern marketplace by a VERY wide margin, and if cared for properly, will probably outlive its owner and then some.
It has already outlived more than a few of its former makers. Even more than its beauty and condition, the most remarkable thing about the piece, by far, is its performance in the kitchen.
It is a VERY remarkable knife, indeed, waferizing anything you'll put in its way. Measuring 9.75" in length with a RAZOR sharp 5.75" blade, it's most obvious applications would be peeling, paring and other utility work, and for any of your kitchen's most demanding precision work, it will truly excel. But it's also shaped to be used as a smaller chef knife or slicer, waferizing an onion in a snap or performing a small chiffonade without skipping a beat. Best of all, 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.
You know how difficult it is to come by fine, smaller chef knives in carbon steel, since most knowing chefs won't part with theirs until they're dead of the knife is worn out. Do your kitchen arsenal a favor and don't pass on this gem which we guarantee to be an instant heirloom in even the most discriminating collection. 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. Don't see it or can't find what you're looking for?
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The item "SUPERB Antique N & S Sheffield Carbon Shear Steel Paring/Small Chef Knife withHorn" is in sale since Saturday, March 10, 2018. 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.