I'm looking at picking up my first french knife, and creating a small set for my sister-in-law who just moved into a condo as a housewarming gift.
For my sister in law - I've had her try some of my Japanese knives, and they scare her. After letting her hold cheap imitation French knives, she is confident that they are her preference. I see the 1834 won great awards in 2009, but are they really that different from the ss authentic knives? She does a lot to help my wife and I and I want to give her something that will last, and something that is functional so spending a little more money is not a concern.
Me - I'm interested in collecting knives, so adding French knives to my collection means a Sab or two. I'm trying to figure out what the advantage of the antique carbon knives are over their authentic carbon knives - can anyone help? I'm leaning more towards a carbon knife, but could be swayed to the 1834 if there are real benefits over carbon.
I understand there are other French knife options out there, and I have an open mind - if there are other products I should be considering, please pass on your preferences!!