Please read our Terms below for details. This fine old chef knife is as fine as can be found.
It's WHISPER thin yet comparatively stiff, strong as an ox--the very essence of excellence in hand-forging. It is stamped with a maker's mark that predates the use of the Sabatier name, "MEDAILLE D'OR, E(xposition) U(niversal), 1878, LA TROMPETTE, FRANCE, " with the trumpet logo. Just look at it--a beautifully preserved antique work of the cutler's art. It's offered here in very good condition with none of the hairlines or other problems that too often are found on great antique knives of this style and properly maintained it will last another few lifetimes, delivering world-class performance in even the most demanding kitchen. After using a knife like this, you'll find there are few words which adequately describe its performance more than just plain Wow!
It was expertly hand-forged with what's known as a Nogent-style handle, a magnificent French design named for the legendary knifemaking city of the same name, whose cutlery guilds pioneered using a rat-tail tang below the blade (tang, flared bolster and blade are one piece) to pierce the ebony handle, anchored with a corresponding hooked tang rod inserted from the bottom, with a carbon steel ferrule at the bolster to provide added strength. The great deal of labor that goes into this design (my personal favorite for a vintage chef's knife of any configuration) favors a lighter-weight, higher degree of balance and, in my humble opinion, true craftsmanship and beauty in a chef's knife. The casual observer might say something like, but it isn't all one piece like those fully forged Henckels knives I see at Bloomingdales! THIS design was the pinnacle of craftsmanship in chef's cutlery and was all but completely abandoned after WWII in favor of today's designs, only because they were far easier to mass produce. These, however, required one guild to forge the blades, another to finish them, another to make the handles and the "hafter's guild" to fit them all together.
If you're someone who knows the FEEL of fine knives, you won't have to use this knife twice to understand what it's capable of, and you will experience nothing short of a revelation of performance. It's made in the quintessential French slicing knife size, measuring 14.25" overall with a 9.5" blade.
In this size, it's capable of near-surgical precision in chopping, dicing, and mincing. Best of all, this exceptional knife was recently given an EXTREMELY sharp 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. The entire piece has been smoothed over by the passing of many years and the touch of many hands--the truest testament to its usefullness over a LONG period of time. With love and an occasional coating of non-toxic mineral oil, it will continue to deliver a lifetime of outstanding service.Like all hand-forged blades, it enjoys maximum balance in the center of your hand, where it belongs. 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.
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.
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We'd like to sell'em cheaper.. But MY WIFE won't let me!! The item "FINE Antique Pre-Sabatier Carbon Steel Chef Knife withRAZOR SHARP 9.5 Blade" is in sale since Saturday, January 30, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Flatware, Knives & Cutlery\Flatware Sets".The seller is "ralph1396" and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.