It was made in Solingen, Germany by J. Henckels and there are several things about it that make it extra special.
What's immediately astonishing about the knife is its purely French, Sabatier-type design, made in what's known as the "Nogent style" for the city of the same name in France, where knives of this construction where pioneered in mass production. Its blade was entirely hand-forged form carbon steel of the highest quality, as you'd fully expect from any Henckels knife of this vintage, with the knife dating to the early 1900's; it bears a marking from the 1904 World's Fair so it's no older than that, no newer than the early-mid 1920s.. It's finely forged blade is thin yet very strong and stout, making it the ideal chef knife in this size. This quality of being thing yet stiff is the very essence of fine forging in a blade and this knife has it in spades.
It measures 14.75" long overall length, with a 9.5" blade that is 2 wide at the hilt. Blade/handle junction is reinforced with an iron ferrule at the bolster, and anchored at its pommel with a steel tang-pin. This is, without a doubt, one of the singularly finest, most balanced chef knives we've ever had the pleasure to offer and you will truly be thrilled with it if that kind of knife appeals to you--as it surely should.Just look at this knife--truly a thing of beauty and a true work of the cutler's art. Handle was made with a gorgeous ebony of the highest quality, warm to the touch, pleasing to the eye and beautifully preserved.
The maximum limit of the knife, however, can only be fully understood in the using. Its balance in your hand and its relative light weight enables it to speed through your workday in any kitchen, amateur or pro. Julia Child has written extensively about her love of these Nogent-style knives and they are VERY hard to find in any condition, but German examples are FAR less common than their French counterparts and you'll certainly NOT be seeing another one of these anytime soon, especially not in such beautifully perserved condition. It's been professionally sharpened for this sale by the good people at Ross Cutlery in downtown Los Angeles the best in the business, and is now RAZOR sharp and ready to show you a whole new world of performance chopping, dicing, mincing. I predict that the first-time user of this knife will be an instant convert for life.A great opportunity for yourself or a lucky loved one on your gift list to acquire an heirloom quality piece in heirloom condition. 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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Late, so again, we ask you in advance to please forgive our humanity. We take customer service very seriously and want to do whatever it takes to meet your needs. If you're not in total agreement with us here or disagree for any reason, we can only urge that you PLEASE shop elsewhere.International packages will be calculated on the basis of a MINIMUM ONE POUND weight. IMPORTANT: After TWELVE YEARS of doing everything we could to hold the line on int'l. 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 "FINEST Antique HENCKELS 1904 Nogent 9.5 Carbon Steel Chef Knife RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Monday, January 18, 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.