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My dream French Chef's knife 5 months 3 weeks ago #16280

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A few years ago I fell in love with French folding knives and specifically those made in Thiers France by Phillip Chambriard.

A week ago I discovered he had started making a new set of kitchen knives and most importantly a 210mm Chef's knife with a blade of Sandvik 13C27 razor steel from Sweden. My heart went thump and I contacted an excellent fellow James MacMillan Bullock from North Carolina. We hit it off wonderfully and in fact he has been haunting our forum even though he is a fine free hand sharpener with unusual skill in that area. I will tell you that he is a trustworthy man who loves knives and sharpening is in his blood. He sells the Chambriard knives but also other Japanese Chef's knives of note. He is a friend of Ken Schwartz and Tom Blodgett so that was good enough for me and I soon had the knife in my hands due to James's quick and excellent service. If you ever need a chef's knife you can't do much better than dealing with James MacMillan Bullock...my word on that!
The knife I chose has a Juniper root handle just like my favourite Le Trappeur folder. Here is a picture showing my three folders and the knife in question.
How good is it. Those of you who know me, also know I immediately put my own edge on all my new knives...this is the first one where I did not try to improve an already frighteningly sharp knife. As time goes by I will put up some shots of this blade in action, but for now let me say that I have never had a sharper or better feeling knife in my hands and to top it off it is so beautiful at least to this pair of old eyes.

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My dream French Chef's knife 5 months 3 weeks ago #16283

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Stunningly beautiful knife! I'm a big fan of theirs as well. I'm not lucky enough to have worked my way down the list to them yet? But I do have one picked out! Right now things that go bang are on the priority list. :P
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My dream French Chef's knife 5 months 3 weeks ago #16284

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By the way, I neglected to say that the knife comes with a beautiful leather scabbard. It is thick, supple leather and smells good as only leather can. The Juniper root wood handles also has a wonderful peppery smell which enhances that of the leather.
Everything about this knife speaks of high quality. It will be passed down to the next generation and in fact the next generation in the person of my 11 year old grandson Owen Wheeler is now learning how to use the WEPS and he will be the keeper of the knives when I move on to my next adventure. ;)

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My dream French Chef's knife 5 months 3 weeks ago #16289

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What a beautiful set plus that Juniper has a fantastic smell can you do a couple of photos of the filing work along the spine in the handles
Here are some shots of my Gilles Laguiole carbon damascus folder.

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My dream French Chef's knife 5 months 3 weeks ago #16290

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Here are a couple of shots of my French beauties Leo. You have some very gorgeous knives there of your very own. It is a mystery to me why more people don't own these knives as they become better known. Especially here in North America we know them as Gentlemen's knives, but when push comes to shove, they are every bit as hardy as their American cousins, they are just prettier and look less threatening.The craftsmanship is excellent and the tolerances too...the blades in all my folders sit exactly in the middle when folded into the bolsters and there is no play when they are extended.It goes without saying to anybody who knows, the Sandvik steel used in French and other European knives is first class and sharpens up unbelievably well.








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My dream French Chef's knife 5 months 3 weeks ago #16291

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Here they are with blades extended. From top to bottom they are Le Trappeur with Juniper, Le Compagnon with Norway birch and Le Compact with Olive wood handles.


Only the top one is a lock back while the other two are slip joint designs.

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My dream French Chef's knife 5 months 3 weeks ago #16292

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Truly beautiful ~ I have a couple of Le Theirs one is carbon steel with Ebony scales and the other is called a friends knife it is really two knives that fit together so that a friend may have a knife to use as well at a picnic the steel is Sandvik 12C27 with ebony scales.
The friends knife was made as a limited edition for Au Sabot marking 140 years 1870-2010

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My dream French Chef's knife 5 months 3 weeks ago #16308

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Those are some fine knives Leo. The friends knife is very unusual. I love the flowing curve that repeats itself in all the Yhiers knives.

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You are right about style I do not like knives that are styled for combat like you say French & Japanese knives are styled often more for the aesthetic although it does not effect their performance . Perceval do some stunning knives www.couteau.com as well.
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My dream French Chef's knife 5 months 3 weeks ago #16310

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I agree. Inevitably when someone from North America talks about an EDC knife, it ends up looking like a scantily disguised combat knife and looks threatening to many people. :blink: I prefer a knife I can open in public and people do not immediately feel threatened. My wife is not a great lover of my knives, but when she first saw my Le Compagnon folder, she commented on how beautiful it was. Not her usual response to my other knives. Any of my French knives will do anything the pseudo combat knives can do and look pretty at the same time. I have often used my Le Compact knife in a restaurant to cut my steaks and never got a second glance. I am not sure a Chris Reeves Large Sabenza or even the small one would go unnoticed.
I am sure my comments will cause some dismay to many here but I am simply stating my opinion. Have at it boys. I will parry and thrust with you! LOL! :ohmy: En garde!

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