Our Sabatier sharpening steel is ideal for daily maintenance being made of hardened steel tapered to a point with grooves running down the length. Whilst technically not sharpening the blade by removing metal from the edge, it straightens out any distortion caused by the blade coming into contact with hard surfaces, such as bone or your chopping board, and so helps maintain a cutting edge.

To keep your steel in good condition it should be washed and dried thoroughly after use with soap and water, taking care to ensure the grooves are clean. Again do not put your Thiers Issard Sabatier steel in a dishwasher as the combination of hot water and caustic chemicals may damage the steel, the rivets and the handle.

We also stock the Strop-IT Supex 77-1 strop which has been specifically designed for knife sharpening. Replacement beds and diamond pastes are also available.

If you are minded to hone your knives then a selection of hones may be found at our sister site

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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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