LA TROMPETTE CHEFS KNIFE M POUZET FRANCE MEDAILLE D’ 02. $95.00
Forged in 1878 by Jean Auguste Sabatier. This particular knife was in pretty bad shape when I received it. As you can see it has been sharpened so many times that a curve has formed at the heel of the blade rendering it almost useless, and the rust and pitting is pretty significant.
The first step in giving this blade new life was to grind a new profile to the blade, eliminating the curve. This has to be done slowly as any excess heat can damage the blade. After profiling, I cleaned up as much of the blade as possible while trying to retain the makers mark on the blade. As you can see it cleaned up nicely leaving only a couple of areas where the pitting was too deep to eliminate all together. Most of this had to be done by hand to make sure that the mark was not sanded away.
The blade sharpened nicely and slices through vegetables like butter. These old carbon steel knives are made from great steel, sharpen easily, and maintain their edge. This particular knife went through the palm of my hand like it was butter as well! You MUST resist grabbing a knife that falls off the counter!!!
I have a 12″ Sabatier that was forged in 1890 that I use every day for cooking. It was what inspired me to do the Rescue Knives in the first place. There is something about a knife that has a history of over one hundred years! These old Sabatiers are pretty good knives to boot. Many say they were the best knives available at the time. Mine is much heavier than this knife, and has riveted handles that have cracked over the years. The blade on mine was almost pristine so I did nothing to it other than sharpening.
This knife is fairly thin, very light and very sharp. The blade is less than pristine but will make a functional knife with a rich history.