Wusthof cooks kit from the late 40s

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Wow. That's awesome. Is this yours or did you find it somewhere? 

Can you list the non knife items? Some of them aren't recognizable.

How much did a kit like this cost back in the day?

The case itself would be about 24 inches long, correct?

Anyway, what a cool thing to own.
 
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Victorinox had (or maybe still does) a kit like that, all packed in a little briefcase. In the '90's the case had two removable plastic trays that were molded to acctept the various knives. You could toss the trays in the d/washer when they got grotty.

But that one in the pics is a keeper!
 
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It's mine. I bought it years ago. There's trussing and larding needles, circle cutters, what looks to be a marzipan mold. This one sold for $56 back in 1956, according to wusthof and they offered to exchange my case for a new one so they could add it to their "archive". [emoji]128514[/emoji]
 
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Exchange it for a new one? Surely they can make a better offer than that.

What is the long, flat, handled item to the right of the fork? 

I have most of those tools, now I think my next project will be to build a case like that for them.
 
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A spatula to the left and an ice chisel to the right. It would be pretty rare to find a single item this age which is unused. I've looked to see if I could find the 3-4 pcs that are missing. I'm not even sure what is missing. Wusthof downplayed the value by stating to me carbon blades have no practical use, yet, my favorite slicing knife is a 14" carbon slicer my grandfather passed down to me which is also from the 40s. I've sliced 1000s of lbs prime rib and filet with that slicer.
 
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I would never have guessed an ice chisel. The kit certainly seems to have everything else in it. 

Carbon has no practical use?? So why do I keep buying new carbon knives? I think what Wustof means is that it's

worth more than they want to pay. So in fact, they are saying it's priceless, which I would agree with. 

If you figure out what's missing, please report back.
 
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