Pros: Material Quality, Construction, Sharpness, Design
Oldschool Classic French Cook Knife
It is a Cook knife and not a Chef knife, this caused me to not notice it for quite some time. The manufacturer does not try to sell their knife by advertising it to Chefs (people who went to Culinary school) but to people who will use the knife to make food, namely a Cook. I do not expect anyone to bring this knife into a professional kitchen as a workhorse knife. To me the blade came out of the box nice and sharp, this may not be the norm for everyone but I got a nice knife. With a lazy pull I sliced through paper, and that surprised me a bit as I was expecting to sharpen the knife. It is not hair shaving sharp but with the right tools the user can get it that sharp. This knife can and will rust if you do not take care of it. There are many ways to limit this (proper cleaning and oiling, and/or forcing a patina). Eventually this knife will develop a patina even with proper maintenance. Merits The Steel is 1095, a good knife steel. A straight steel with a hint of silicon, manganese, and a healthy 0.95% carbon. The spine is a bit thick (this is both a merit and a demerit, it is in the 0.1 inch area) making it a good general purpose knife. It was developed in 1924 and has remained the same since then. That was in a time when manufacturers actually cared for their products. It has a nice hardwood handle. She makes some very nice cuts. I had to readjust my cutting technique a bit for it. Full Tang that you can see. Demerits The balance is a bit off (around 0.75 up the blade from the handle), but I barely notice. A good balance would be a finger from the bolster. I didn't find the knife sooner (Chef knife VS cook knife). Does not come with a scabbard (this is the norm for most knives but buying a scabbard would increase the price by at least two fold). You have to take care of it (merit and demerit depending on your preference) For the cost this is an excellent knife, though I consider it a knife worth more than the cost. Oddly enough it the knife was more expensive I would not have bought it because I (half) bought it on a whim.