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Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:05 am

Looking at Gestain Sloe Knives. The 21TSK and the 25TSK. I don't need one but they look neat and I don't have one. Knife Greed, I guess. I like the idea of the flexibility for slicing smoked salmon and carpaccio[sp].

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Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:46 am

I'm assuming you mean the Glestain Sole knives.

If so:

These are from Glestain's kind of lower end. The blades use the same steel which is a decent enough stainless steel.

But, the handles, while well finished, are kind of irritating to me. They're only a partial tang....the tang is only visible on the top of the handle, no on the bottom or the butt of the handle. It's not a performance issue, and in fact some like these handles more as the traditional Glestain handles are ungawdly heavy. It's more of a...."Why did you cheap out on these knives" kind of thing for me.

I will say that the dimples on Glestain's knives are the only one's I've ever seen that work and work well.

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Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:20 am

Thanks for the input. Since the price for the two knives is in the range of $150 for the 210 and $205 for the 250 they seem to be in line wit the other Gestains. Is there more than one line of knives? I'm new to the brand.

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Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:43 am

These knives you're asking about are not in Glestain's line of "Professional" knives. Those knives have a full pommel, full tang, and a bolster:


Here's an example of what I believe they call their Professional line.

The one's you're asking about do not have a full tang / or a pommel.

I'm not saying that's a bad thing....just making sure you know. :)

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Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:14 pm

Holy cow... there's like 13 pounds of steel in that thing! lol

Is that a re-handle or do they actually use the groovy scales and mosaic pins?

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Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:57 pm

Yeah, like I said in my first post.....some people don't like the weight of those handles. Some really do though.

And that is a rehandle I did a while back. As I recall, there were two or three Glestains like this one and then another one or two knives all for the same guy and they all used very, very colorful scales. I think to date I've done about 12 handles for the same guy and they've all used very colorful scales and usually with pink/blue/green liners.

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Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:38 am

Great pic. NOW I understand your comment about the weighty handle! I would be prone to go with the lighter model...I think.
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