Hi, I've only just discovered these amazing forums and wondered if anyone could help me with a knife purchase I'm thinking about. I've read a lot of informative posts on here over the last few days, especially by boar_d_laze relating to the various types of Sabatier knives and was looking for some advice/information on a Sabatier K knife I've been looking at.
I'm a home cook and interested in vintage cookery equipment. I've used the same main knives my Mum handed down to me a good few years ago, both reasonably inexpensive stainless knives, one 8" flatish bellied chef and a small paring knife. I've put new oak handles on them and learned to sharpen on them (still a lot of learning left!) so am quite attached to them but I'd like to get something with a much better quality metal to supplement them.
I've looked at the vintage carbon Sabatier K knives but don't really know that much about them. There seems to be a selection of knives available made from blanks forged in the 50's and I've been looking at the 6" advertised here:
The Sabatier K website has a page entitled "Antique Sabatier K Carbone" and I wondered if these were the same knives.
The story on the website is that they discovered a stock of hand forged blanks which had been forgotten about and only recently rediscovered and finished. It's a nice story but seems a little unlikely and I'm cautious of not buying into a fairy-tale. I'm sure I also read something about a stock of blanks being discovered and hastily finished in order to get them ready for sale in anticipation of a sales rush that never came. I'm not sure if there is any truth in that but would be interested to know if there may be any quality issues with these knives. They aren't much more expensive than the Sab K 1834 carbons which surprised me. I would have thought the back story and the limited nature of the stock would have made them much more expensive.
If anyone has any information or experience with these knives I'd be greatly interested to hear. It's unfortunate that I wouldn't be able to hold or see one before I bought one but from the pictures I like the profile and shape of both the blade and handle and think they'd suit me quite well. Maybe I'm over thinking the purchase and I'm sure they're going to be good knives but I'd be grateful of any opinions first.
I also wondered if anyone could hazard a guess at what sort of angle the edge on these knives could be taken to.
Thanks for any help