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Sep 12, 2013 06:52 AM

Thinking about a carbon steel knife for a birthday gift (for myself). How is this one?

Thinking about getting a new knife. I saw this and was intrigued. I am not a knife afficiandao, but am willing to sharpen (I have one of those sharpening devices that has a coarse and fine slot. You drag the knife through it and supposedly it gets super sharp).

Will it need much more to keep it sharp?

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  1. As long as you know about the extra care needed vs the mass market stainless knives. You'll find a carbon blade is easier to sharpen, tho I wouldn't run any of my knives thru that gizmo you describe, but if it works for you, so be it. A honing steel is a good idea to keep the edge aligned and performing it's best.

    If you're looking for a chef style knife 7-10 inch, and looking at their pricing, I think you could do better. The handle/ferule construction strikes me as cheap, and personally I prefer a full tang in a knife (blade steel continues thru the handle, and riveted).

    Considering their return policy, as long as you don't actually use it, you can send it back if it's not for you...tough thing is you'll know best only after a test drive

    1. "(I have one of those sharpening devices that has a coarse and fine slot. You drag the knife through it and supposedly it gets super sharp)."

      Please do not ruin a quality knife with one of those.

      If you are going to use one of those gadgets, get a knife with no bolster.

      A bolster will prevent you from touching the whole edge and turn your chef knife into a boning over time as the blade shrinks but the bolster stays the same size.


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        1. re: Westy

          You can ask someone (a knife sharpener like Jim or whatever) to remove the bolster for you.

      1. I bought my first Sabatier chef's knife in France c1962, adding several knives over the years. They're all still going strong. If you don't mind washing and drying the knives frequently and understand that acidic foods (think lemons) will discolor the blade, this is a good knife for the money. Is it the 'end-all-and-be-all' of the knife world? Probably not but I would carry these out of the house in case of fire. Happy Birthday!

        NB: I should note that my knives have survived commerical kitchens and rearing two boys. Both sons were gifted with Sabatiers when they left home to live on their own. So far, so good.

        1. I don't want to rain your parade. There are better knives out there for similar or less money. Also consider your cutting style? Do you really want a bolster, if so why? Do you want a thick knife or a thin one (i.e European or Japanese)? Do you want a high tip (German) or a lower one (French and Japanese)?

          1. A Nogent is not the be all and end all but it is a piece Of history and a light easy to use knife. If it were mine I'd get it sharpened once or twice a year, steel before each use, and use it all the time.