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Namaxy
09-18-2012, 11:24 AM
I found a couple of these laying around in storage. They would be from the 70's or 60's. Extremely thin edge, and very flexy. Odd construction for a Sab without the bolster, although I think that might be a good thing. Seems like cheapish construction. Has Inox stamped into the handle. I haven't tried sharpening it yet, though these old knives are actually pretty sharp. I think this shape was referred to as a ham knife.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Ey_g-qGaETw/UFiO50Rmx2I/AAAAAAAAAN0/sMqIkL-ET5A/s640/IMG_3722.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-H-vDJ2-DMtw/UFiO-8s4PSI/AAAAAAAAAN8/hQUWkIr_e7c/s640/IMG_3723.JPG

Spine:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Iol2Q-6DFQg/UFiPKxkjejI/AAAAAAAAAOE/m5tSs_ZZk6o/s640/IMG_3724.JPG

Blade....sorry for the poor photography.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-XYTh1qvCBjw/UFiPROpPllI/AAAAAAAAAOM/C9o-2ViM0do/s640/IMG_3725.JPG

knyfeknerd
09-18-2012, 11:40 AM
Nice piece Neal. Have you carved up any ham yet?

Eamon Burke
09-18-2012, 11:46 AM
I grew up with one, and my parents always called it a bread knife. I think it is a ham knife.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-a1VPZ28TNvI/TvP8AnOLH9I/AAAAAAAAAc0/F8-b-z-OlN8/s576/2011-12-20%25252020.59.09.jpg


It was always the sharpest knife in the house, just because it was so thin. I cut myself a few times on it as a kid.

Namaxy
09-18-2012, 12:14 PM
Found what I think is a boning knife as well...same no bolster construction.

LOL Knyfe....I suppose making a ham will be a mandatory 'research' project in the near future :D.

Mucho Bocho
09-18-2012, 12:20 PM
Neal, Let me know if you have any questions. I've made Canadian bacon and cured traditional boiled ham so far. Can be tough to find a good ham press so I made my own. I also, sous vide the cured pork leg so it didn't loose much weight. can out quite memorable too

Lefty
09-18-2012, 12:23 PM
Yup, a ham knife, indeed. Although, in Europe, you sometimes see them used as salmon knives.

Benuser
09-18-2012, 12:58 PM
Ham knife by Thiers-Issard, some flex, expect the steel to be relatively soft to our standards. You often see them with cracks in the POM handle due to diswasher abuse. Some have bolster and finger guard, others don't. No reason for a finger guard as there is no board contact.

Korin_Mari
09-18-2012, 03:17 PM
At first glance I was so convinced that this was a pastry knife, because I have a pastry knife with a blade on it at home and it look exactly like that.

I don't mean to ask such a newby question but, could someone explain to me what makes it a ham knife? ... I had no idea ham knives even existed! I still have so much to learn.

Benuser
09-18-2012, 03:35 PM
The pastry knives I know are thicker, have no flex, edge is serrated.

ajhuff
09-18-2012, 03:57 PM
It's a ham knife. The Glestain Salmon slicer is the modern version of it. It's called a ham knife because it is round on the end. When working at a buffet station slicing ham you can use the knife to put the slice of ham on the customer's plate with no danger of accidentally stabbing the customer.

-AJ

Dave Martell
09-18-2012, 06:28 PM
I believe that this has been called a ham slicer by many manufacturers but this is technically a beef/meat slicer (that is also used for ham) whereas a true ham slicer has a pointed tip that looks like it's broken but isn't. The rounded tip was introduced for serving lines where the need for a pointless knife shaped object was necessary for safer plating.

Lefty
09-19-2012, 04:29 AM
Ohhhhh...

Ham slicer(?)

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/6D470C70-28BB-4B97-9672-42A5982C4379-178-0000001239BA43C0_zps2211de9c.jpg

:D

Benuser
09-19-2012, 06:57 AM
Great! Misono's kid's knife!

Korin_Mari
09-21-2012, 09:52 AM
It's a ham knife. The Glestain Salmon slicer is the modern version of it. It's called a ham knife because it is round on the end. When working at a buffet station slicing ham you can use the knife to put the slice of ham on the customer's plate with no danger of accidentally stabbing the customer.

-AJ

Ooo... hmmm. I'm going to start looking at the salmon slicer completely differently now.

Thanks for the explination!

Korin_Mari
09-21-2012, 09:54 AM
I believe that this has been called a ham slicer by many manufacturers but this is technically a beef/meat slicer (that is also used for ham) whereas a true ham slicer has a pointed tip that looks like it's broken but isn't. The rounded tip was introduced for serving lines where the need for a pointless knife shaped object was necessary for safer plating.

I'm going to have to google image this...

Thanks for the explanation!

Korin_Mari
09-21-2012, 09:56 AM
Ohhhhh...

Ham slicer(?)

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/6D470C70-28BB-4B97-9672-42A5982C4379-178-0000001239BA43C0_zps2211de9c.jpg

:D

LOLOL Clearly, yes.

No joke though, that thing is sharp. I was an idiot and let my guard down holding it, then cut myself with it. I felt silly for the rest of the day.

Lefty
09-21-2012, 10:06 AM
True! The Misono kids' knife is actually a very cool, very useable little knife! I know someone in the industry who has a thing for them. Haha. The worst part is...I completely get it! They're very cool!

Johnny.B.Good
09-21-2012, 10:21 AM
True! The Misono kids' knife is actually a very cool, very useable little knife! I know someone in the industry who has a thing for them. Haha. The worst part is...I completely get it! They're very cool!

Especially with a custom handle from Dave.

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/3947-Mr-Drinky-s-Knives?p=91688&viewfull=1#post91688

Korin_Mari
09-21-2012, 10:45 AM
Especially with a custom handle from Dave.

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/3947-Mr-Drinky-s-Knives?p=91688&viewfull=1#post91688

Holy damn!! :doublethumbsup: Thats awesome!

ajhuff
09-21-2012, 05:46 PM
Ooo... hmmm. I'm going to start looking at the salmon slicer completely differently now.

Thanks for the explination!

It's a great knife. I love using it for buffet service. It's also excellent for cutting cheese cake. I've seen a few places that serve smoked salmon on a buffet. Again, the rounded tip you don't have to worry about accidentally stabbing someone.

http://korin.com/core/media/media.nl?id=34948&c=832324&h=d2f46badf5cb8401d32d
http://korin.com/Indented-Blade-Salmon-Slicer?sc=27&category=280093

-AJ