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Please give your review of sources (online/bricks-n-mortar) for handmade steak knives?

Mawrter May 19, 2008 04:18 PM

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!

web sites:
http://www.cutlery2go.com/lethierstea...
http://www.cutlery2go.com/lskforgedel...
http://www.cutlery2go.com/lskgoyoncha...
http://www.laguiolesteakknives.com/
http://www.laguiole.com/laguiole_tabl...
http://www.laguiole-knife-corkscrew.c...

brands:
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.

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    jbruun RE: Mawrter Jan 29, 2011 03:00 AM

    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.

    /jbruun

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      Mawrter RE: jbruun Jun 30, 2012 11:40 PM

      Much appreciated, JB!

    2. Sid Post RE: Mawrter Jul 1, 2012 08:29 AM

      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.

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