Lg. Antique 19thc Prussian German Chef's Carbon Steel Butcher Knife, Razor Sharp For Sale
We're certainly asking a premium price for this outstanding antique knife but that price is also accompanied by this warranty: if this isn't the single finest knife of its kind you've ever held in your hands, we'll cheerfully refund your purhcase price AND the cost of sending it back (USA buyers only). Anyone else on standing behind their goods in this way? We didn't think so.
We've seen a few knives made in this fashion and I probably get more questions about them than any other single knife. Curiously, some were made in Germany and some were made in France but most were produced in that part of Germany known as Prussia when the different districts were still conducting international business independent of greater Germany. This knife isn't marked with any maker's name but we know it was a Prussian-made piece because it bears the applique of the Prussian Crown made from pewter and affixed to its incredibly fine and beautifully patinated walnut handles and is stamped on its blade, "GESETZZLICH GESCHUTZT PRUSSIA," which roughly translates to mean, "Protected by Law, Prussia." It was hand-forged with a full and tapered tang, thickest at top of handle and tapering towards the knife's point, pommel and towards its edge. The condition of the entire knife is also surprisingly beautiful, as you can see in the photos, with entirely intact handles--quite rare to say the least.
Like all such knives, it was hand-forged with a stiff and strong 7.5" blade that's clipped with a long false-edge (12.25" overall)--RAZOR sharp but showing no sharpening marks. Its walnut handles have gotten quite buttery looking over the years and are, riveted with very ornate, cast-brass rivets, each of which has a medallion showing a butcher with knife in hand on one side--a bit hard to make out now and VERY rare. Handle and blade are joined at the bolster with clad carbon steel, though it maintains much of its original shine, looking like stainless. To say the least, whoever owned this knife has ALWAYS taken the utmost of care of it, like the proverbial Little Old Lady from Pasadena, who only drove her car to church on Sundays!
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. Though designed for cutting and trimming meats, this is the perfect knife for a wide variety of all-purpose kitchen tasks, from creating thin slices of turkey breast, tomato, cucumber, onion or whatever, to quickly dispatching twine and stubborn plastic packaging materials. If you've never used a carbon steel knife before, you're in for a treat. Experienced chefs know that only a true carbon steel blade can consistently attain the razor-sharp edge that makes cooking a true pleasure (you must wipe the knife after every use to avoid stains and rusting, but will be richly rewarded with superior performance!). In this perfect size, it's the ideal chef's knife for man or woman, large hands or small.
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. (And it's never too early to find the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for loved one!) A beautiful piece for use or for display among a collector's finest cutlery.
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INTERNATIONAL: The U.S. Post office has recently raised all international shipping rates, and so must we. NO ONE likes this but all terms of shipping are NON-NEGOTABLE. Int'l shipping rates posted in our ads include a minimum $5.00 handling (sorry, even Canada, due to tedious Customs forms and Post Office procedures) to cost of actual shipping, with acceptable payment on international transactions in the form of paypal only. If you can only pay via some other method, email us prior to offerding. International packages will be calculated on the basis of a MINIMUM ONE POUND weight. International packages cannot be insured and we cannot be held responsible for packages lost or damaged in transit (we pack very well, but shipping overseas is strictly at buyer's risk). Want tracking? You will have to pay an additional $12 for Registered Mail or you may upgrade to the much more expensive option of Express Mail International. IMPORTANT: After TWELVE YEARS of doing everything we could to hold the line on int'l. shipping costs, we have taken our LAST loss, so we've been forced to implement a new policy in which Shipping costs on ANY international parcel sold for over $75 will now include a required $12 Registered Mail fee in order to make your purchase trackable. This is 100% non-negotiable. The cost will be factored into the posted shipping costs of any item that STARTS at $75 or more, but if you purchase several items, the charge will have to be added at the end. Again, this is NON-NEGOTIABLE.
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