Please give your review of sources (online/bricks-n-mortar) for handmade steak knives?
I would really like to get my dh some special steak knives as a gift. (Shhh!) I'm interested in hand-forged, guaranteed-for-life, beautiful, unserrated knives with wooden handles - I'm leaning towards the kind of set with multiple different woods.
Unfortunately I can't find a single supplier in my area, and I hate the idea of buying them via the internet. And, I gotta say, I'm slightly shocked that I can't find them locally. I live in a major metropolitan area, and they seem to be absolutely nowhere around here.
So, my next best thing: has anyone had experience buying from these people? Do you consider them reputable? If you got engraving, how did it come out? Do you recommend (for or against) a particular brand or vendor? Are there any you can recommend that I haven't mentioned?
And ... if you know of anywhere within reasonable driving distance of Philadelphia, please don't hold back!
Forge de Laguiole
Goyon Chazeau (and of these, which do you recommend - Prestige or Le Thiers? Why?
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
Holy thread flashback (in my best Batman impression ;-)! That's almost 3 years!
From reading your original post. it seems you are in France. In Europe, there are a lot of very good knife makers that could make what you want.
In the USA, most hand made knife buyers want something "Tacti-cool" or Mall Ninja 'esque. For your price range, a custom knife maker could supply what you are looking for.
Your options really depend on where you live and whether you need to buy something already made and sitting on a shelf or if you have time for something custom.
I recently bought a pocket knife from Laguiole.com
I relized that the description of the items were not complete: My knife had a welded bee - as oposed to the expected forged bee, that I think I was right in expecting when paying €165 for a pocket knife.
The bladehad play. I returned it. a month ago and till now I have heard nothing about them receiving the knife, how the repair is progressing etc.
Buy your stuff elsewhere.