Vintage RUSSELL Sabatier Nogent-style 18 Chef Knife Carbon Steel, RAZOR SHARP

Vintage RUSSELL Sabatier Nogent-style 18 Chef Knife Carbon Steel, RAZOR SHARP

Vintage RUSSELL Sabatier Nogent-style 18 Chef Knife Carbon Steel, RAZOR SHARP

Please read our Terms below for details. To one lucky chef, this will be the greatest luck.

Actually, JUST a hint of its original markings can be seen if you know where to look the final, ... Ell" of "Russell on its blade.

In any case, this superb knife was made by Russell in their legendary Green River Works in Massachusetts and we FULLY warrantee that. It's found here measuring a whopping 18" long with a 12.5" blade. It's incredibly well preserved and ready to work at the highest level in even the most demanding kitchen, straight out of the box. We've also had it professionally sharpened for this sale by the good folks at Ross Cutlery in downtown Los Angeles--the best in the business--and as such it's now far sharper than when it was new. Knives of this construction were rare in the United States, since the expense could only be afforded by families of baronial wealth who were much more ready to pay top dollar for a French or English knife, the common wisdom among the rich of the time being that if anything was made in Europe it MUST be better.

THEY COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG! This knife is at LEAST on par with the finest being produced at that time by anyone in France or England. American steel used by Russell at the time was mostly from Pennsylvania and the upper Midwest, and of exceptional quality. This blade will sing when thumped with a finger, a sure sign of quality (though not necessarily the ultimate test, since many superb knives do not sing, because of the way they're built). While the steel was uniquely American, the knife is crafted in a timelessly French style, especially in the birdshead flare at the base of the handle.

This knife is a model of beauty, functionality and craftsmanship, rare to be found in usable condition, especially considering that the knife was probably used on a daily basis in some huge country estate's private kitchen or in one of the fine haute cuisine eateries of a large city like New York, Philadelphia or Boston. Like only the finest kitchen knives, the knife has an integral blade/bolster/tang construction, with the tang piercing the handle in what's known today as a Nogent-style handle, named for the French city where it was pioneered.

This tang is somewhat rat-tail shaped and is anchored at the base of handle where you can see it come to its natural conclusion. When you use a knife like this, it feels like an extension of your hand, not a mere object that you're holding. It's superb aesthetics are matched by it's performance. You will not find a sharper, more functional blade than those hand-forged from this period in America's industrial glory.

Though this knife has obvious collector value, it would be a sin NOT to use it regularly. This is the perfect knife for a wide variety of kitchen tasks, and is, for many old-school chefs, the only knife you'll ever need.

From creating paper-thin slices of turkey breast, tomato, cucumber, onion or whatever, to reducing large piles of your garden's freshest herbs into small piles of aromatic goodness, this outstanding knife will outperform just about any other. It's also made to be slightly flexible as well as strong, and for a knife of this size, it's surprisingly agile and quick, not sluggish in the hand at all. Despite its enormous length it weighs in at a very modest 7.3 ounces, offering all the benefits of a huge knife and none of the downside--it handles like a sports car--much more handy and agile than you might guess just from viewing the photos.

African ebony handle is of the highest quality, as warm in the hand as it is beautiful in the eye, with none of the hairlines that too often bedevil knives of this style. The carbon steel blade will definitely discolor over time and will rust if not kept dry with each use. Whether you're an amateur or professional chef, you know how important the finest cutlery is to your state of mind while cooking. Here's your chance to relax and let your hands take over. And it's never too early to find the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for loved one! A beautiful piece for use or for display among a collector's very finest cutlery pieces. 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. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. If you dislike this or find this unfair, PLEASE shop elsewhere; we only want happy customers and it's our feeling that no one should be able to claim dissatisfaction with this policy, since we're stating it up front. It's not an attempt to profit, simply the only way my elderly bones can continue to offer so many items. WE SELF-INSURE using our business policy. I will gladly send you the forms necessary to file.

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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 "Vintage RUSSELL Sabatier Nogent-style 18 Chef Knife Carbon Steel, RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Sunday, November 01, 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.

Vintage RUSSELL Sabatier Nogent-style 18 Chef Knife Carbon Steel, RAZOR SHARP

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