Sabatier Knife Care

Treated with care your Thiers Issard Sabatier knives should give many years of service.


Try to keep your Thiers Issard Sabatier knife in a lined drawer, on its own if possible, or on a magnetic knife strip or in a knife block. In this case ensure that the knife is clean before replacing it in the block, otherwise bacteria can build up in the slot. Blocks that have vertical slots can dull the blade as you pull it out. Turning the knife so that it sits on the spine in the slot can help to avoid this problem.

Proper Useage

Your Thiers Issard Sabatier knife is designed to cut and slice meat, fruit and vegetables. Using it for any other purpose will damage it, possibly irretrievably, and will also invalidate your guarantee. Amongst other things please DO NOT use your knife as a screwdriver or can opener or use it on frozen food.


PLEASE DO NOT put your Thiers Issard Sabatier knife in the dishwasher to clean it. The hot temperatures and caustic chemicals commonly found in dishwasher powders will damage the blade, rivets and handles. Knife-Care.jpg If you have a Thiers Issard Sabatier knife with a carbon steel blade please make sure you dry it thoroughly before you put it away. If not, the blade will rust. It may be possible to remove any rust that does form with some fine wire wool, but care must be taken to avoid injury. In particular, ensure the edge is not exposed by placing the edge on a tea towel for example. Please note that knives with carbon blades will quickly darken and patinate with use. This is normal and in fact helps to protect the steel. For tips on keeping your knife sharp, please see our Sharpening page.

Lifetime Guarantee

All Thiers Issard Sabatier knives come with a lifetime guarantee against defects in manufacture. If you have problems with your Thiers Issard Sabatier ****Elephant brand knife then please contact us at [email protected] and we will be pleased to assist you. Although all our knives carry a guarantee, they are not indestructible. Specifically, they may snap or break if dropped, especially carbon knives as the carbon steel can be brittle. Please note that the guarantee does not extend to any damage caused by (a) cleaning in a dishwasher (b) use to cut frozen foods (c) being hit with any hammer or other object (d) use as a screwdriver or lever (e) use as a cleaver (except where specifically sold as such). Sabatier Knives UK will also not recognise any claim for damage to a knife due to it being dropped or thrown. Regrettably we are unable to help with defects/damage to any knives bearing the Sabatier name that don’t also have the **** Elephant logo. In the first instance we would suggest if you have any complaints that you contact the company you purchased the knife from. Otherwise we would refer you to the following website Whilst not exhaustive gives you a number of details of companies manufacturing knives under the Sabatier logo who you can contact for assistance.

We are a specialist kitchen knife retailer offering a range of high quality Sabatier knives made in Thiers, France by Thiers Issard under the Sabatier **** Elephant brand.

Whilst there are numerous knife manufacturers using the Sabatier brand, only those manufactured in Thiers using traditional methods by skilled craftsmen can truly be described as genuine Sabatier.

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Due to a complicated history, knives are sold under the Sabatier brand which have been made by numerous manufacturers, in different locations and to different standards.

All of knives are produced to the highest standard by Thiers-Issard in Thiers, the traditional centre of cutlery excellence in France and the historical home of Sabatier.

Thiers-Issard was founded in 1884 by M. Pierre Thiers who had a extraordinary reputation as a skilled blacksmith. When he created his company he added his wife’s name in order to avoid confusion with other local families of the same name.

If you are interested in the straight razors produced by Thiers-Issard these are available in the UK through The Invisible Edge.

This video presentation below provides more information about Thiers-Issard and the manufacturing processes they employ.




You may be wondering whether to choose a stainless or carbon steel knife. Most high street stores selling knives will only stock stainless steel knives. We offer a choice of stainless steel or carbon steel knives.

Essentially, carbon steel produces a finer edge than stainless but it can easily corode and will quickly discolour. More information may be found on our page Stainless or Carbon Steel?

Our Traditional Forged range of knives are forged from either 4116 Aissy Chrome Vanadium Stainless Steel or from C60 carbon steel, both with a hardness of around Rockwell 55. They have a riveted handle of black nylon, red stamina or white micarta.

Our Ideal range of knives with an aluminium bolster are made of polished molybdenium stainless steel with a riveted ABS handle. The steel hardness is minimum Rockwell 55.

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