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As anyone who has ever used one can tell you, this is, quite simply, one of the finest paring knives ever made on this earth. It's an rare and very welcome find, too, because it's one of the very rare knives like it that was made outside of France, in this case, New Britain, Connecticut. It was made there by the legendary Landers Frary and Clark and was sold under their old UNIVERSAL line of cutlery, proving for all time that when the American makers set out to make a quality knife no one produced better. This knife was made in what's known as the "Nogent style" for the city of the same name, incorporating a style and construction that is nearly a lost art on this earth. While the blade is entirely hand-forged with an integral bolster and tang, as modern high-quality chef's knives are, the handle required far more craft to build, involving a rat-tail shaped tang piercing the handle and collared at the bolster for added support, anchored at the pommel. What makes this variety of knife so special, however, is its balance in your hand and its relative light weight, which enables it to speed through your workday in the kitchen like a long-lost finger reappearing suddenly on your hand! (Many people MISTAKENLY believe that the modern style is better. This couldn't be further from the truth. Ask your own local French chef over the age of 50.) Julia Child has written extensively about her love of these knives and they are VERY hard to find in useable condition. This one comes with the added bonus of an uncracked wooden handle but it is still priced within reason.
Functionally, it's in excellent condition, though used, and is RAZOR sharp, having been professionally edged for this sale by the good folks at Ross Cutlery in downtown Los Angeles, one of the best in the business. It's now ready to show you a whole new world of precision in tackling the most detail-oriented tasks you have. The knife is perfect for standard paring duties like peeling and decorating, but it truly excels at culinary surgery, like boning quail breast or flaying and butterflying prawns or escargot. I predict that the first-time user of this knife will be an instant convert.
As the photos show, it also has a very finely forged, slightly flexible blade with a fine point, enabling you to enter places that other paring knives can only wonder about. So finely forged is this blade that the entire knife weighs in at a mere .8 ounces! This blade is made of superb carbon steel, which hones razor's edge in a way stainless can only dream about, with relatively easy honing. Handle is solid African ebony of the highest quality, as warm to the touch as it is easy on the eyes.
Its blade measures 4" and it's 7.75" overall, bolstered in white brass but by any measure this is a great opportunity for yourself or a lucky loved one's kitchen knives to take a giant step toward the sublime with a knife that user and collector alike will instantly embrace as an heirloom!
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