Son is my bud.
I probably wouldn't have rehandled knife #1 without him, and he's been ever so generous to me, my family and the the forum. I've received a boatload worth of knives from him, most of them vintage. Most all the knives have been for donation to PIF, but there have been a few that Son wanted to keep that I've been working on.
It is such a pleasure to bring a knife back from the dead, to restore it, or to give it a new pair of shoes.
I could go on and on and on...............
...........................but I digress..............
This time we have a rather long Sabatier slicer.
It reads: Sabatier
Acier Forge -Made in France(of course)
bit it also says:
(I think, I know it sounds crazy)
This knife has such a crazy distal taper, you really have to take it into account when sharpening and thinning it. This knife also had/has some wonky looking grind(probably from some type of bench grinder) marks that are wavy all down both sides of the blade. I tried to fix it as much as possible, but it's still visible. Buckeye burl with brass pins.
The next knife is a Henckel 102-11 chef's knife. This knife is pretty rare, and Son said it's the only 11 inch 102 model he's ever owned. I've worked on a couple 102-10's, but this 11 is totally boss. They don't make knives like this anymore, but they should! It's got such a great taper, is super thin near the tip, nice righty-biased convex grind. I wish someone (like Hoss did with Forgecraft) would pursue doing a 102 Clone!
There's something about this steel too. I honestly think it changes or cures with age, maybe I'm crazy, but old steel is just so different.
The handle on this is dyed Box Elder burl from my friend Taro K. I've had this block for a while and just didn't have the right knife till now. This is hands down THE MOST BEAUTIFUL piece of wood I've ever used. I could literally just stare at it all day. I've taken an unhealthy amount of pictures..................thanks Taro!
This Henck is my all time favorite that I've ever done, I'm so happy that it's for Son.
Normally I would just send this stuff as a surprise to Son, but I figured he'd like to see it here first. He's gotta have something to replace all those beauties he's been selling.
Thanks for looking.