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    WTB - Inexpensive Vintage Carbon Workhorse

    Looking to spend < $100 for a vintage carbon blade. I'm looking for an inexpensive large chefs knife that I can really go to town sharpening and practicing on. Bevel setting, microbevels, thinning, polishing, etc. Not opposed to gnarly condition requiring work - but it needs to be fixable on stones alone. A story behind it makes it even cooler - it will be loved and well used and maybe rehandled down the road. Thanks all!

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    Did you check out Son's (sachem allison) knives in this thread? He was getting rid of some big old carbon beauties. Titled "Some old favorites."
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    If you are looking for 10in ones Then that link is a good one. The 10in are much more common and can be had at a very good price. The 12 in and 14 in ones are much more difficult to find thus much more expensive. One of the 12" ones listed on the link, is incredibly pitted and may not be worth the inexpensive price tag in the long run. look at the pics carefully. The 10 in ones are definitely worth looking at.
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    If you'd like to try one out for free for a while, try the knife library http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...-Library/page2 The Foster Bros. knife is great. I'd be more than happy for you to experiment sharpening on it, but please no messin' with the handle.
    This might give you a good feel for an old carbon blade without spending any coin.
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    Thanks all (esp Lucretia and Son) - just pulled the trigger on Son's Dexter 12" Chef! Appreciate the feedback and excited to get my hands on some vintage knife goodness.

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    Is that the Dexter 45A12H? If so it's a great knife I have one I converted.

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    48912 actually. Excited to own my first vintage!

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    Cool & congrats next you'll be checking out Mark's burl site -

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    Congrats. Just a word of warning, old dirty carbon can become quite an addiction, lol Before you know it, you'll spend your days off browsing antique store after antique store like I do
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