Without a doubt, it would be difficult to overstate the quality and beauty of this rare vintage Kosher slaughter knife. With its RAZOR sharp 8.5" by 1-3/8 blade (measures 13" overall) hand-forged from some of the finest carbon steel ever forged into a blade, and with a gorgeously grained ox-horn handle, bolstered in brass, it's also incredibly beautiful, as you can plainly see in the photos. Handle enjoys a high-degree of refinement, and a bit of creative flourish in its shape and method of bolstering. It's unmarked on blade, but one side of its brass bolster is deeply stamped with the maker's name, "GERLACH, " a German maker operating in what was then the German-speaking part of Poland.
It comes in a very nice black felt case we bought it in but that case is not original. I don't know exactly when it was made but it is no newer than 1939--the year its original owner, a shochet, brought it with him when he emigrated from Lithuania.Knives like this, sometimes called a chalaf, were always made with the finest steel available, always capable of the finest possible edge, more commonly found on straight razors in order to permit slaughter of an animal with the minimal suffering, as proscribed by Kosher law. Such steel was a highly-prized and closely guarded secret in each company that produced it, and it was usually fired in very small batches, used in only the finest knives produced. This knife was made to comply with kosher law, which requires livestock to be slaughtered with a single stroke across the throat. Of course, one not need be a shochet or even Jewish to fully enjoy the quality of such a knife.
The quality of its carbon steel blade is remarkable, and it has many of the properties of a barber's straight razor, with a FRIGHTENINGLY keen edge, polished to a mirror's finish, most of which is intact as new. It will still perform as well as new for several lifetimes if properly cared for, creating the finest, most gossamer-thin slices of whatever it is against which you may wield it: turkey, roast beef, or onion. Its blade is sturdy, and it has the keenest possible edge, and if you have never experienced the performance of such a knife, you'll probably be VERY pleasantly surprised by what it's capable of. If you've only used stainless steel knives until now, you will also find a refreshing experience in how easy it is to hone to a razor's edge and easier still to keep it that way. Carbon blades require the user to keep them dry to prevent rusting, but this minor inconvenience is more than offset by the superior performance provided.
Knowledgable chefs and butchers alike have always preferred carbon to stainless blades, and once you've used one, you'll soon know why. A superb knife for use or for inclusion in any knife collection and an heirloom-quality piece you'll be proud to pass down to generations to come. 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.
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But MY WIFE won't let me!! The item "Antique GERLACH Poland-Made Kosher Slaughter Shochet Butcher Knife RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Sunday, January 20, 2019. 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.