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Where to find an old carbon steel chef's knife?

Discussion in 'Kitchen Cutlery & Tools' started by Macchina, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    I'm not sure why you think old carbon steel knives are hard to come by. I did an eBay search for "carbon steel chef's knife vintage" and found pages and pages of results. Dexter, Forgecraft, Lamson & Goodnow, F. Dick, Sabatier, many others.
  2. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Pardon the derailment.
  3. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    So Mach, did you find one?
  4. coffeemike


    Jul 20, 2015
    The trick is finding a worn-in patina'd one. The classic style is a French Sabatier style, which is made by a multitude of makers now. They shouldn't be *too* hard to find new, depending on price and shipping, et cetera. Top brands when I was looking for mine were K-Sabatier and Thiers-Issard. You may have to do the patina work yourself - cut a lot of onions for soupe a l'oignon, hand-cut a lot of ground beef (lots of work, but lots of fun!) and the knife should develop a good patina fairly quickly.
  5. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I think Machina left us long ago, but if I were doing a vintage American cookbook, I might illustrate it with a couple of tarnished Radas. I saw one in a cookbook recently and it took me back 50 years. Also popular were the Flint Vanadiums in the wooden hanger/tray.
  6. joe yhcarh

    joe yhcarh

    May 29, 2017
  7. joe yhcarh

    joe yhcarh

    May 29, 2017
    a good tip.
    the ontario forge in (US)
    made a great chef knife! someone stole mine.
    to my understanding they no loger do business---sad
    since they were not expensive, people may not realise at garage sales what they have sotry some sales
    another way if you dont need authenticity,grind an old knife down and do the patina yourself---dip in lemon juice or try some commercial patina solutions.
    last but not least, talk to an old butcher he may give you one for a buck or 2.
    good luck : joe
  8. maxxmadd


    Nov 18, 2016
    Old hickory butcher knife. Find an old one or patina a new one with lime juice. 10$ easy - cost effective - known
  9. drail


    Feb 23, 2008
    Old Hickory - the older the better. I have a block full of them that have been used over 40 years and I wouldn't trade them for anything. All of my stainless knives are in a box somewhere.
  10. eisman

    eisman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2009
    I have two Sabatier chef's knives I picked up cheap in second hand stores. I use the 9" a lot, and have had it refurbished. The 14" is my kitchen chopper.
  11. deltaboy


    Jul 6, 2014
    They are On the Bay and new! Case makes a set in their Carbon Steel!
  12. Spideyjg


    Nov 7, 2017
    You need for just pics or to keep. I have quite a few in the, to be fixed someday, pile.

  13. protourist

    protourist Cap'n Skunkbeard Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    I have several old Foster bros chef's knives. They are easily found on the bay but you have to pay a good price for them. Mine get used every time I cook and their steel is excellent.
  14. scott.livesey


    Nov 10, 2011
    have you been able to find out steel type? I have one of their large cleavers from WW2, they made about 200,000 for the army and navy, but have little info other than that.
  15. protourist

    protourist Cap'n Skunkbeard Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    I'm betting it's 1095 with really good heat treat but I'm not sure. It sure acts like my old Schrades when sharpening.
  16. Old Traf

    Old Traf Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 1, 2013
    I got a mess of Old Hickorys and a Sabatier from the bay about three or four years ago, not more than $10 each.
  17. capnsutton

    capnsutton Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    The only place to go for the very top quality carbon steel knives is The Knife Merchant in San Diego. They also have a very nice website and a sharpening service.

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