Knize Ten (1924)
    by Knize




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    Knize Ten is a men's fragrance by Knize. The scent was launched in 1924

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    Ghost_Goat's avatar

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    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.

    25th January, 2015

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    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."

    26th November, 2014

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    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.

    23rd November, 2014

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    Genre: Leather

    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.

    19th June, 2014

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    Quintessential leather fragrance with a Mitteleuropean twist, with both medicinal and soapy nuances and an overall gloomy and severe mood. Massively dusty as well. A hyeratic, noble and proud fougère on a stone-dry tobacco and leather base. Elegant and refined, with just a hint of a nasty and animalic heart – Histoires de Parfums made a "Sade" scent, but to me, Knize is actually much more "sadian": the blend of austerity and animality gives that exact feel to me. Deep and just gorgeous.

    9/10

    30th April, 2014

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    The ur-leather of masculine leathers, Knize Ten is about as dense as it is immovably solid. A spicy woody-floral leather, this fragrance represents some the best aspects of early 20th century European perfumery: a distinctiveness that transcends the sum of individual ingredients, compositional complexity, frivolous dirty-animalic elegance, and a confident no-nonsense linearity. I do not quite share the industrial or construction worker associations of many other reviewers; to me, this is a smart 1920s Viennese dandy in a fuming sports car. Ninety-year-old Knize Ten is undeniably old-school, but remains fascinating, very wearable, and with enough substance to justify the remarkable surge of enthusiasm it has experienced in recent years. Good stuff!

    16th April, 2014

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