PLEASE NOTE: We take our photos in natural light outdoors and as a result there are sometimes reflections or shadows or glare shown in the blades. In person none of these exist; we will say so in the description if it may be otherwise. Please read our Terms below for details. This beautifully preserved English chef's knife was lovingly hand-forged and crafted in a timeless style that is uniquely British (though heavily influenced by the French). Its blade markings show that it was made in Sheffield, England by NORDISKA, a Scandinavian concern that took old Latham & Owen blades that had been forged between the world wars and finished them for sale around the world in the 1970's.Latham & Owen was once one of Sheffield's finest makers of premium-quality cutlery for professional chefs and this blade was forged at the height of the company's prowess. Like many other Sheffield makers, the company spiraled in decline for economic reasons as they were forced to compete more and more with the cheap, mass-produced goods of Japan and other makers. This knife, though, pre-dates all of those woes and is a model of beauty, functionality and craftsmanship. Stylistically, it is the embodiment of a British chef's knife. In terms of its quality, materials and condition, it lacks for nothing and is world class in every way. Knives like this were used on a daily basis in huge country estate kitchens and in the fine haute cuisine eateries of London. It comes in a very desirable XXL size (18" long with 12-3/8" blade) and the fit and finish of its carbon steel blade and old-growth rosewood handles is exquisite. Like all fine knives, it has a fully forged tang that extends the full length of the knife, tapering towards both ends for maximum balance.
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 Sheffield steel. 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.
This exceptional knife was recently given an EXTREMELY sharp professional edge by the good people at Ross Cutlery in downtown Los Angeles, the best in the business and as such is FAR sharper than when it was new--guaranteed to thrill. It 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. Notice that the knife incorporates the slightly rounded French bolster, which allows your fingertips to achieve maximum contact with the knife for better control than its German counterparts. The one truly British design element it enjoys, however, is the flare at the base of the handle, reminiscent of a saber's handle. The blade still shines like stainless, though will definitely discolor over time and will rust if not kept dry with each use. Condition is used but functionally excellent, as photos show.
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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 "FINEST Vintage NORDISKA Sheffield XXL Carbon Steel Chef Knife RAZOR SHARP" is in sale since Friday, May 22, 2020. 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.