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Excellent Vintage L.L. Bean 8" Forged Carbon Steel Chef's Knife! Beautiful Knife
Excellent-Vintage-L-L-Bean-8-Forged-Carbon-Steel-Chefs-Knife-Beautiful-Knife
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Used
Ended:
Apr 16, 2014
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US $88.00
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Item location:
Englewood, Ohio, United States

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281307175566
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Condition:
Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition
Type: Chef's Knife
Model:

8"

Brand:

L.L. Bean

Country/Region of Manufacture: United States Blade Material: Forged Carbon Steel
Country of Manufacture: USA Color:

Hardwood

Knife Type: Cook's Knife

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NOTE: The knife will be shipped insured which is included in the shipping costs. Please note that the shipping terms are five business days.  I usually get things out much quicker, but due to health issues (Multiple Sclerosis) I have to allow for the occasional days when I'm not able to do much.  Keep this in mind if trying to contact me as well.  I will respond but at times it may take a bit longer.

Offered for your consideration is a fine vintage carbon steel chef's knife from L.L. Bean.  I've owned hundreds of vintage chef's knives from the finest names in the world and these vintage L.L. Bean knives are right up there with the best.  This style of knife is highly sought after for its superior craftsmanship and quality. This knife was handmade at a time when "handmade" had a much different meaning that it does today. From the tapered tang to the skillfully hafted hardwood handle, they just don't make them like this anymore. The blade has a slow taper and really offers no flex. The fine carbon steel blade will quickly take a wicked edge that's easy to maintain.

I've owned dozens of these L.L. Bean chef's knives over the years and have also spent years trying to determine who made these for Bean. I have long been convinced that it was Lamson because of the outstanding quality and some other clues. Some time ago I acquired a piece that had the Dexter name stamped into the handle.  I was a bit suspicious because even though Dexter made some very fine knives of this type in their earlier days, these knives seemed to be of a generally higher level of quality. The level of fit & finish is higher than standard offerings from either Dexter or Lamson and can be seen in how the bolster edges are rounded at the top of the handle, as well as the shaping and fitting of the wood in this area. A while back I found an example that had both the Dexter and L.L. Bean names stamped into the handle and the blade also displayed the Dexter etch. One thing about these knives is that they're always very consistent and identical right down to the ring that the blade produces when the edge is thumbed.

The knife has seen light to moderate use and remains very nice. The beautifully forged carbon steel blade is free of any significant corrosion or pitting with just some scattered small spots of the usual light surface peppering as shown. The knife has not been buffed or polished and remains original.  The blade was forged with a full tapered tang, which lends itself to the fine balance of the knife.  The blade has been lightly and carefully sharpened. It's free of any grinder marks or harsh sharpening abrasions and shows almost no visible signs of sharpening. The blade displays a beautiful natural carbon patina. The edge is free of any nicks, chips, or sharpening damage and retains its correct profile. It remains fairly sharp and ready for immediate use, although a light touch-up will quickly have it wickedly sharp. The spine is free of any dings, dents, marring, or damage and remains completely clean.  When thumbed or drawn from the block the blade resonates with a beautiful ring. That is one constant with these Bean knives...they always have one of the nicest rings I've heard.

The handle remains nice on this example and the wood is beautifully grained. The thick scales were tightly pinned and they're completely free of any cracks, chips, gouges, or damage. The wood is beautifully aged and shows very little wear. It's also silky-smooth with a great in the hand. The handle markings remain fully visible.  The wood is almost completely free of any fade, bleaching, or dryness and retains a nice luster over most of the surfaces. Dishwasher damage is almost always seen on these knives to one degree or another, but this piece shows very little, if any dishwasher exposure.  However, it does show some evidence of water exposure, likely through sink washing.  The handle has a bit of gapping between the wood and the tang, mostly towards the butt as shown. 

This knife has a balance and feel that few knives can match. It really feels like an extension or your hand and the control is outstanding.

The blade is actually just under 8-3/4" and the knife measures just over 14" in overall length.

If you appreciate the finest in vintage hand forged cutlery, this is an heirloom-quality knife that will be treasured through the generations. This would be an outstanding gift idea for the serious cook in your life.

A very nice example of this truly fine American-made knife!!

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