Very old Tichet 12 7/8" Blade (13") Vintage Carbon Steel Knife-Paris. Carbon Steel Blade 12 7/8" AOL: 18 1/2" Almost 2 3/4 at the Hilt.
Beautiful Tight Handle, I believe this is Ebony. Though the Tichet Company went out of business in the 50's this specimin hails from WWI. Blade is in Superior Shape, Great Patina, Old Sharpening marks from over a Hundred Years Ago. Blade tapers to very thin; Excelent Quality.The remains of the letters'et' in the word'Tichet' is stamped on the start of the Blade at the Bottom of the Bolster. Tichet is the only Knife Company to do this (see photos). I have uploaded a photo of an original period post card of the Basilique at Montmartre (Post card not included in the listing).
Below is something my brother wrote about this knife. Vintage big French'Cuisine Massive' chef knife approx. 13 inch blade, 18.5 inches OAL.
Knife had been sharpined at some point and the stamp is marked Tichet with the emblem of a lion and TICHET 76 Rue St Sauveur, Paris France. On the opposite side of the blade is marked Made in France and on the flat of the bolster the remains of TICHET are found. Blade is constructed from hand-forged carbon steel with integral bolster, white brass ferrule ring, a dark densely-grained hardwood which looks like heartwood rosewood or Ebony and the tell-tale rattail tang at the pommel.
This is a top-notch knife, lightweight for its huge size, tough, and made by hand by artisans who seriously knew what they were doing. The blade is in decent to good shape about 90%+ full, arrow straight but with some pits towards the bevel and sharpining marks on the sides of the blade.
The handle is tight and secure. Despite this big guy's cosmetic flaws this is a great old knife, the type seriously sought after by those who know and love old French knives either for their beauty and craftsmanship or as a serious using knife in the home or professional kitchen. The steel in this knife is much harder and more compressed than contemporary drop-forged blades (even the carbon steel ones) and is much harder -- it will keep an edge much longer, and it can be made thinner, like this blade so as to cut with less wedging and with a thinner bevel.
This knife has a nice range of thickness, tapering from a whopping 3/8 of an inch at the beginning of the spine to a thin and nimble 1/32 at the tip, all without being heavy the weight is approx. Or flimsy at the last half, a true hallmark of hand-forged steel. This was the classic French chef knife until modern market pressures nearly wiped out the production of these beauties. This size chef knife is actually great to have on hand, it is only too large if you have a studio apartment in Tokyo; it will quickly spoil you and make 90% of all other chef knives feel clunky, heavy and clumsy even the much smaller ones.This type of knife, the Nogent handled knife was the favorite of the original foodies James Beard and Julia Child who prized its strength, flexibility and light weight. If you are going to be using a knife for any length of time this is the one you want. I would be happy to put a new edge on this knife (I love to sharpen these and rarely get to, such a nice edge can be coaxed out of that hand forged steel). I searched Google for Tichet.
I found that Tichet knives were being talked about by culinary students, professional chefs and knife collectors at forum sites like ChefTalk or EllensKitchen. But the Tichets appear to be fairly rare.
Two different people who posted, said they were still using their Tichet chef knives from the 50s and 60s. Some very old and some a bit newer.Of the older ones, Tichet was considered the very best manufacture, balance and metal beautiful to use. I have a large chopping knife of this name very old and it's a treasure. Seeking information on tichet chef's knives. Still going strong these were made in france. Nogent' was included in the brand and this may be Nogent-le-Rotrou - but cannot find a link to knife manufacture. The item "Tichet 12 7/8Blade (13)Very old Vintage Carbon Steel Knife-Paris" is in sale since Tuesday, January 05, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Kitchenware\Utensils\Cutlery".
The seller is "coolguysstuffstore2" and is located in Mill Valley, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.