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FINE Antique Sabatier NAPOLEON Nogent Carbon Steel Chef Knife - RAZOR SHARP For Sale
FINE Antique Sabatier NAPOLEON Nogent Carbon Steel Chef Knife - RAZOR SHARP:
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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. If there is any question, please don't hesitate to email us and ask!
Bearing the "NAPOLEON" imprimatur that was once used to export Sabatier knives to the English-speaking world, this knife was produced in the late 19th Century by one of the oldest Sabatier companies when they were still being made in Paris and prior to their industrial operations having been moved to Thiers. Made with a blade hand-forged from some of the finest carbon steel ever to come out of France, there are few words which adequately describe it more than just plain "Wow!" It was expertly hand-forged with what's known as a Nogent-style handle, a purely French design named for the legendary knifemaking city of the same name, near Thiers, that uses a rat-tail tang below the blade (tang, flared bolster and blade are one piece) to pierce the handle, with an iron 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 configuation) favors a lighter-weight, higher degree of balance and, in my humble opinion, true craftsmanship and beauty in a chef's knife the likes of which are found no more in ANY modern knife.
The casual observer will say something like, "but it isn't all one piece like those fully-forged Henckels knives I see at Bloomingdales!" You poor, uninformed thing! 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 is a lightweight DYNAMO in the kitchen, and your hand will BLAZE through jobs in the kitchen (if you're like me, you'll start looking for things that need chopping).
Like all fine vintage carbon steel knives, it will rust if not carefully kept dry during use, but you'll be richly rewarded for your trouble with superior slicing in every way, shape and form. Carbon is also easier to rehone and does not require a blacksmith's skills to achieve the finest possible edge. Handle is a solid chunk of ebony, as warm to the touch as it is pleasing to the eye. Condition of the knife is excellent, as you can see in the photos, with a few signs of normal use but none of the hairlines that usually bedevil fine antique knives of this construction.
This is a VERY highly treasured knife in the serious chef's kitchen, and not just for chopping; it also will shave WAFER-thin slices of charcuterie, tomatoes, onions, or anything else.
Here's your chance to acquire what you'll rightly come to think of as an heirloom. Measures 17.25" with 12-1/8" blade, but by any measure this knife will come up as a favorite user and treasured heirloom in even the most discriminating collection.
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