K Sabatier Antique 10-inch Carbon Chef's Knife
Those of you who covet carbon knife blades will appreciate this find. This is the last of a small batch of K Sabatier 10-inch chef's knives available. Produced in the 1950s by the renowned French company, they've been safely stored in new condition ever since. These knives are considered "new old stock" and offer the unusual opportunity to work with a vintage knife in its original condition. Each knife’s blade is hand forged, pure carbon steel, making it quick to sharpen and capable of holding a crisp edge. It is surprisingly lightweight and finely balanced. The handles are beautiful European black wood, showing delicate grain, warm shades of dark wood, and a matte finish.
No two of these knives are identical—the natural wood of the handles varies a bit, and there are occasional slight imperfections typical of handmade knives of the era: slight divots in the handle near the bolster or waviness in the edge. This knife is rustic in all the ways you want this sort of knife to be.
Please know, the blade will begin to develop a patina immediately—this is a natural part of using a carbon knife. Our favorite part, in fact. The gradual deep grey staining of the blade personalizes it, and tells the visual story of meals past. (If you would prefer a knife that resists patina, consider the Berti chef's knife.)
Care: Prevent orange or brown rust from forming by keeping the blade dry. Wipe it with a clean cloth after each use or hand washing, and store it in a block or a special spot where it won’t knock against other knives. To maintain the blade’s edge, you can employ your favorite method of sharpening; we prefer to use Japanese water stones.
The availability of these knives is very limited.
Each knife has a 10-inch blade.
Crafted in France.
We occasionally have K Sabatier antique paring knives available, as well as other new old stock as well - listed on the K Sabatier page.