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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    Way Off Scenter's avatar

    United States United States

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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.

    19 June, 2014

    Colin Maillard's avatar

    Italy Italy

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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.


    30th April, 2014

    Dane77's avatar

    Denmark Denmark

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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!

    16 April, 2014

    Kain's avatar

    Iran Iran

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    I really love these classic leather based fragrances.
    Some of them like "Dior Fahrenheit" or "Guerlain Derby" or "HdP 1740" are the ones that I would die for.
    This one has the same DNA but with some differences. floral, musky and dirty leather is something that you're gonna get out of this.
    The opening is just heaven for classic lovers.
    I can smell some fresh citruses with a little amount of green notes and lots of spices. there is earthy patchouli there and I can smell carnation note that give the scent a light powdery floral feeling.
    Now throw the dirty and musky leather note in .... you have the opening.
    In the mid citruses, patchouli and spices settled down and now I can smell a little more floral note.
    I was hoping for stronger leather note in the mid but unfortunately I didn't get that :(
    In the base sadly the leather note disappeared completely and leaved me with semi sweet floral note and some spices in the background.
    There is always some sweetness in every step of this fragrance to balance the notes but it's not overpowering at all.
    All and all, a great classic fragrance.
    If I could get stronger leather note, that would be amazing but sadly the leather note is not prominent in this fragrance.
    You can smell it for sure but it's not the leader. he is just following other notes specially the floral note side by side.
    I want dirty and smoky leather note in front but that's only my personal taste and opinion.
    Projection is really good and longevity is around 8-9 hours on my skin.

    01st February, 2014

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    The beginning smells like red Play-Doh. It's a very memorable smell: I have not smelled play-Doh for 40 years, but this brings it back with clarity.

    Five minutes later, I am disquieted to recognize the smell of the stuff we used to use to deodorise the floor-mops, in a factory I worked in one summer as a student. One cap-full in a gallon made the whole factory smell clean.

    So, I now have synthetic, industrial associations gathering snow as they roll. However, for some reason I feel ill-inclined to rid myself of these associations as the smell evolves. The persona I step into with this smell is wearing steel toe-capped boots. Maybe a hard hat.

    I see various citrus fruits listed at the top, but I detect very little of those. Maybe something of the pith, but no brash zest.

    Two-stroke mixture.

    An hour later, some luxury is emerging.

    Having the full works at the shoe-shine stand.

    The benevolent patrician, picking up his leather luggage, freshly saddle-soaped by the faithful retainer.

    A riding-crop slapping gently on a woman's buttocks.

    Leaving the toilet seat up. as a territorial statement.


    15 January, 2014

    ClarkScent's avatar

    United States United States

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    Leather Aplenty

    Why this costs so much and is relatively hard to find I'm not sure. Supposedly worn by James Dean was enough reason to buy a decant, but never more than that. Linear leather...picture a barber shop in the 30's basically.

    Pros: James Dean
    Cons: Overpriced & Dated"

    27 October, 2013

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