It is one of the top three leather scents for me; immensely formal, never dated/aged, with hint of authority, smelling attractive to both genders. I normally rotate my scents based on occasions and my daily mood. Knize ten can do very well at work place or job interview. It is not a casual scent. I normally wear it when I don't want to smell too feminine/sexy but still want to smell nice.
An opening like a urinal cake in a well-used and unventilated public restroom. It's an easily-recognized scent, heretofore thought to be unique only to those circumstances. It's not the kind of familiar smell I'd ever call appealing in any way, nor one I'd ever planned on encountering in perfumery. And once you smell it in Knize Ten, you can't unsmell it.
True, the public restroom aroma fades slightly over the course of Ten's evolution on skin, but it remains omnipresent even in it's reduced state. I scrubbed this one the first two times. It took a third chance on it (on an out-of-the-way patch of skin) to feel like I'd actually let the scent develop to it's end. I finally catch a few whiffs of some classically sophisticated and genuinely gentlemanly stuff there, but never without the company of industrial restroom fresheners. And now my sample goes bye bye.
What do Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer, David Niven and Erroll Flynn have in common? Their signature scent was Knize Ten.
This is quite simply the best leather scent ever created. My spouse has worn this as his winter scent for forty years (his summer being Hermes' Equipage). Together these two define the sophisticated, urbane, sensual European male.
Isadora Duncan's Bugati with his sunglasses and silk scarf would have worn a light leather jacket that wafted Knize Ten.
Co-created by Francois Coty, with the same indefinable "lift" present in his 1927 classic L'Aimant here also in Knize Ten. It sets both scents apart. Knize Ten's only rival as the best leather is Chanel's Cuir de Russie.
A true classic, warm, only slightly spicy, crisp and dry - Knize Ten is "heaven scent."
This review is for the vintage version: Very manly leather scent that is like a decayed leather couch and brussel sprouts. The amber and sandalwood is very balanced (too much amber in the new version). Great leather scent.
The opening is, quite literally, breathtaking: this scent's potency is shocking, and your head may snap back under the assault. Spray too much of this stuff on, and you'll be seriously sorry!
Once I can actually distinguish anything beyond pure power, Knize Ten presents a somewhat harsh blend of dry leather, roasted spices, and dark tobacco smoke. It's the inside of an old-fashioned gentlemen's club, and I suspect that's exactly what it's meant to be.
As it develops, Knize Ten sweetens slightly with a bit of amber, and there's even a miniscule hint of vanilla hiding deep in the background. This is not a sweet, fruity leather in the vein of Daim Blond, Armani's Cuir Amethyste, or Cuir Ottoman. If anything, its raw power and uncompromising stance call to mind Caron's Yatagan, only Knize Ten is quite a bit more rounded and far more "civilized."
The drydown reveals a nicely spicy leather that brings Knize Ten alongside Creed's Royal English Leather and Caron's Tabac Blond. It's not as sweet or mellow as the former, nor as smoky as the latter, but the persistent amber and spices give it a character all its own. Late in the drydown I'm even reminded of Eau d'Hermes, with the Viennese leather and castoreum standing in for French leather and cumin. Knize Ten most certainly deserves its status as a classic, and I'm happy to wear it.