Hey Buzz. I've seen your auctions on EBay and been tempted, glad to hear more are coming. I'm a little concerned about the durability with the nogent handle vs. riveted, since I tend to work my heavy Euro pattern knives pretty hard, smashing garlic, using the spine to tenderize and stuff like that.
How do the vintage steel knives you sell compare to Sabatier K au Carbone, on objective points like hardness, thickness, and etc?
In general, I think the Ks are on par with the Thiers-Issards. I don't know anything about what carbon they use or hardening. Sorry, but I wish I could help. I'd like to have the same length from each manufacturer side by side for a comparison.
For what it's worth, I get mine from the importer at a quantity discount. He also has standard handles. Here's
New TI 12" Nogent
Spine thickness just forward of the bolster 5mm
1" short of tip 1.75mm
New 11" standard handle
Spine thickness just forward of the bolster 4.8mm
1" short of tip 1.8mm
Vintage 11" 4 Star Elephant (pretty sure manufactured in the 60's)
Spine thickness just forward of the bolster 6.1mm
1" short of the tip 1.6mm
The two new knives are somewhat more flexible than the vintage for obvious reasons.
That is a nice price on the 10" K, but when you add in the 20 Euro shipping charge it's about a wash.
Personally, I love the vintage knife. I also have a 9" and a 6" that see lots of use. Of course, that might all change when my Moritakas arrive.
One more thing; I have found a few blades to be other than straight, so check the return policies.