Sabatier Carbon Steel Nogent Style Knives with Ebony Handles
Thiers-Issard have been hand-crafting knives in Thiers France under the Sabatier brand with the **** Elephant logo for over 150 years. At one time, many companies crafted fine knives in Thiers, just as they once did in Sheffield and Solingen. As the cutlery industry declined in Thiers, many factories closed down. When they did, Thiers-Issard was often there to buy out what was left. In so doing, Thiers-Issard amassed a huge collection of pre-war carbon steel forgings. Pre-war French chefs' knives were typically nogent style, that is with a tang that is inserted into a one piece handle, rather than riveted scales like the best knives of today. The Sabatier nogent knives that we are offering here are all carbon steel knives that have been ground by Thiers-Issard from pre-war forgings in their collection. These knives are of historical importance and when these are gone there will be no more. The Best Things is the exclusive US importer of Thiers-Issard Sabatier nogent style knives. The quantities available are very limited in some patterns. Remember, while these Sabatier knives are recently ground, the forgings they are made from are all more than 60 years oldStainless steel cutlery is certainly more care free, but nothing can match the edge retention and ease of sharpening of fine carbon steel knives like these from Sabatier. Of course, if you neglect carbon steel knives they will rust. Carbon Steel knives by Sabatier have an amazing ability to keep a sharp edge. Over time, Sabatier carbon steel knives will develop a pleasing patina. This is a unique opportunity to own French chefs' knives of historical interest.
Please Note: Several companies share the right to use the Sabatier name. Only Thiers-Issard uses the elephant logo and this distinguishes the French made Sabatier knives which we sell.
Features of the Sabatier nogent knives we offer:
Please Note: Thiers-Issard carbon steel knives are a specialty product which are hand-made in France. Unlike all of the other knives that we sell, these knives are prone to significant irregularities. Sighting down the blades of these knives, they will typically not be perfectly straight. This will be particularly noticeable on the longer knives. Blades will often have a gentle curvature to one side, and or a gentle wave in the blade. This is a result both of being hand-ground and of the inherent instability of carbon-steel during the heat treating process. These knives are more akin to pre-War hand-made knives than they are to modern factory made knives, and should be evaluated in that light. Any knives that exhibit flaws that we consider to be outside of the normal range are segregated out and sold on our knife specials page. Some are occasionally mis-marked with "Inox" (stainless steel) even though they are carbon steel. In short, if you are the type of person who expects perfection, you will probably not be happy with a Thiers-Issard knife. However, if you are a person who likes old-school knives, and values the properties of carbon steel, then you will probably love these knives.
Some are listed on our "Specials" page and a few more will be added there shortly.