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    Impressive. You must be pleased.

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    Thanks everybody! Yeah, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. The first set of scales I put on it was a decent piece of eucalyptus burl, but it broke when I removed the wooden dowels I used to hold them in place during rough shaping. But I think the walnut turned out pretty nice. The figure in the wood really pops in person. Now I just need to cook a roast or something to use it and see how reactive the steel is.

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    Looks good

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    Beauty!

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    That turned out well! Nice job, Jason!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonD View Post
    Did some searching on the fleabay and I found a 12" carbon steel old Wusthof 153-12 model scimeter. I figured it had a shot at being pretty good since it was supposedly made before 1987 when most of the Germans switched over to recycled steel.
    I think it could be much older, as I don't remember Wüsthoff to use carbon steel in the eighties. What is that story about recycled steel??

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    That looks really nice. I like it!

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    Benuser, I don't know much more about it. I was actually hoping to find some information on how old it might be, but i haven't found much online. I'm fairly certain that it is carbon steel from the condition of the blade when I received it, but when i used it to slice a bit of salami this afternoon I saw no patina begin to form at all. I was expecting it to be at least slightly reactive because I had removed the old patina and exposed some fresh metal on the sides (granted I didn't grind very deep at all and there's still a bit of the old pitting showing). I will say that it took an excellent edge and works better than expected. It was also quite abrasion resistant on the stones. I couldn't get a burr with my Bester 500 and I had to drop down to my DMT XXC and work back up.''

    As far as the point about German makers switching to recycled steel in 1987, that was just what I had read while searching around at some of the old "vintage" cutlery, mostly on ebay. If it helps, I snapped a picture of the stamp on the side of the blade.



    Also mine is slightly different than a couple of the other old Wusthof scimitars I've seen online in that the tang is a full tang extended all the way to the bottom of the handle. Most of the ones I see have tangs like CalleNak's beautifully rehandled Gustav Emil Ern that was linked earlier in this thread. The old handle also had no Wusthof W stamp in the wood.

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    So.. does anyone know where to get ahold of cheap but good scimitars.. i just want one for having.

    I've been checking a bit on ebay but they're not too happy with shipping to Sweden.

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    I'm certainly no specialist, but it looks to me to made in the late sixties. Our German colleagues from messerforum.net may surely help you. Send me a PM if you want some help contacting them.

    I just assumed it to be carbon because of the look. If you have no instant discolouration this might be due to the relatively polished finish. When you degrease a small part, and apply some mustard and vinegar, you will know within half an hour.

    The mystification about vintage carbon is huge. During WWII French makers hid large carbon steel and blade stocks to the German occupier, and had almost no use for it after war as the stainless had come en vogue. When these numerous small firms had to close in the seventies, their stocks came on the market.
    It has nothing to do with others using massively recycled steel. Nobody has ever at some scale, as far as knife production is concerned.

    By the way, very nice pictures!

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