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Knize Ten (1924)
by Knize

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Knize Ten information

Year of Launch1924
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 513 votes)

People and companies

HouseKnize
PerfumerVincent Roubert
PerfumerFrançois Coty

About Knize Ten

Knize Ten is a masculine fragrance by Knize. The scent was launched in 1924 and the fragrance was created by perfumers François Coty and Vincent Roubert

Reviews of Knize Ten

Anyone can buy and collect perfumes intelligently. That's right; I said anyone. No previous knowledge of the perfume business, experience collecting perfumes or degrees in perfume history are necessary. All you need is a love and appreciation of fine fragrances, a desire to collect, and a willingness to familiarize yourself with a few easy smells that will allow you to evaluate any work of art in perfumery! This is the first step. The second step, I recommend once you have figured out what is a perfume, it is to throw away all that seems to have been copied from others. There is no art without a distinguishable identity there is no art without originality. So once you smell Knize Ten you'll have to throw away tens of scents that were already junk before realizing it.

But when a perfume is art? To be original is not enough!

A respectable man once accused Bernardo Bertolucci: “The only thing you love is butter! Butter, butter, butter!”
A small packet of butter became the symbol of all that was depraved about western culture, and Bertolucci was the man responsible. This improbable lubricant was to become the protagonist of the most notorious scene of this 1972 film Last Tango in Paris: pure art. Then think about that perfume you are going to buy! Is it a symbol, or a satus symbol?

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12th May, 2015
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.
02nd April, 2015
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
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
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
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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