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In person none of these exist; we will say so in the description if it may be otherwise. If you've followed the world of high-end cutlery in the past decade or two you have inevitably come across the award-winning designs of Joseph DiGangi, one of the very few master knife makers who focuses on knives for the professional chef, though Mr.
DiGangi has ceased producing knives in his retirement. He produced this very fine knife in his System II series, which were heavly influenced by the classical Japanese form of the santoku, though it predates today's craze for Japanese knife forms by over ten years. It's also one of the rarest in that series, too, as evidenced by its beautiful rosewood handle scales (FAR more were produced in green dyed wood or black micarta).Those fortunate enough to have used one can tell you that it's everything that ALL knives should be but invariably are not: VERY sharp, perfectly balanced and as much a joy to use as to look at. As you can see in the photos, this is an exceptionally fine and beautiful piece in every way, and the quality of its materials and construction is equal to ANY maker's reputation for fine knives.
It comes in a very handy, compact size, measuring 11.5" long with a 6.25" blade. Its blade has the mirror shine we normally associate with stainless steel but its blade was hand-forged from the finest stain RESISTANT steel (a much higher carbon content and a much lower chrome or vanadium content) hand-polished and honed to the very finest radius ground edge, double convex--the sharpest possible cutting geometry and the most difficult to produce, by far. Like with true carbon steel blades, its razor-sharpness will be easy to maintain over and over again with only a few passes on any chef's or butcher's sharpening steel.
You don't have to keep it dry during use to prevent rust, but the blade will eventually discolor gradually JUST a bit, over time. The extreme improvement in performance obtained from a custom "designed" steel such as this is the ultimate answer to many a chef's prayers.
If you've only used factory-made German or French stainless knives until now, you will be richly rewarded with a revelation of performance you probably had only WISHED was possible. The blade alone, however, is not the limit of this knife's greatness. Its beautifully-grained premium-grade wood handle is warm to the touch and very easy on the eyes and was sealed to protect it from water and other kitchen stresses, bolstered in brass. It enjoys perfect balance in the center of your hand, where it belongs, and one needs to use it only ONCE to appreciate that it is truly something special, something that understands what one's creativity expects from the hand in the kitchen. Condition is as new and it has never been used, found complete here with its original cardboard scabbard.It's just a beauty, and the pictures don't even begin to communicate how great it is; you'll really have to hold it and use it first to appreciate it fully. It was made with a downturned-tip, partly an homage to the very useful Asian santoku, but with a straight edge, not curved--very much in the manner of the finest vintage Sabatier knives from a century ago. There's really nothing it cannot do in the kitchen, but reducing large piles of vegetables to much smaller piles of finely minced and diced aromatic goodness for inclusion in your finest recipes is what it truly excels at.
Still, you'll find no finer slicing knife among even some much more expensive so-called slicing knives by other makers; there is nothing you can't slice to perfection with it on a single stroke, when wafer this isn't quite thin enough. It's unusually comfortable in the hand, too, with superb balance, and holding it in your hand feels like shaking hands with an old friend. This kind of "feel" is the product of skilled hands--all by design and no accident. An instant heirloom for user and collector alike.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? It's wrong--it's STEALING--and you WILL be turned in to us by one of the legion of our loyal customers, who inevitably see your plagiarism and notify us about it. All items come from a smoke-free home.
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If you're not in total agreement with us here or disagree for any reason, again, we can only urge you to PLEASE shop elsewhere. We'd like to sell'em cheaper.. But MY WIFE won't let me!! The item "UNUSED Vintage Jos DiGangi Designs Custom Oriental Chef Knife withRARE Rosewood" is in sale since Thursday, May 3, 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.