As a homo, I don't really go in for the classic masculine thing. Its just not queer enough. Im more of a cafeteria male. Whether I measure up or not, Ill take what I like from masculinity and leave the rest. Femininity as well, for that matter. Gentlemanly, yes. Boorish, no. Sports, no, but also Broadway musicals, no. It gets confusing, yes? But Knize Ten is pretty and strapping in equal measure. If this is what it is to be a man, sign me up. Ive finally found a socially acknowledged manly fragrance that Ill buy into without reservation. (Well, current masculinity is bound to look a bit like dandy-drag on me, but at least it's not such bad theater as the whole-hog Ralph Lauren anglo-psychodrama.) from http://www.scenthurdle.com
Knize Ten by Knize, 1924
Rated #305 in Fragrances
Imagine a truckstop washroom that has been cleaned a few hours ago. As you sniff the air you can smell the oil from the fumes of the trucks just outside mixing in with the florals from the cleaning. A few bikers come in wearing their leather jackets which they take off to wash their oily hands. The smell of the truckstop washroom is now one of oily leather and powdery soapy florals from the soap and the cleaning a few hours earlier. A few hours later the manager of the truckstop wearing a suit pops into the washroom to freshen up and his cologne of amber and sandalwood is quite strong and is mixing in with the leathery oily soapy floral of the washroom. This is Knize ten for me. I can see why this is a love it or hate it scent. The opening florals mixed in with the oily leather do give it that truckstop washroom vibe. But at the sametime the worn in leather can be quite compelling as well as the complex drydown. This scent is complex and chaotic with notes that you can love and hate at the same time. It's worth trying just for the experience and to see if you love it or hate it. Or both.
Basenoters with better noses have written enough about this wonderful perfumes notes. For me - One of the best perfumes of all time / one of the best leathers of all time / one of the longest lasting perfumes on my skin (dry skin - longevity killer). If any perfume can be given 11 out of 10, Knize 10 will be on that list...
Wanted to (and thought I would) love this. Was extremely eager to try such a legend, but ultimately was disappointed by the experience. Knize Ten has a very harsh rubber element, which I found was slightly lessened in the Golden Edition, but still there. I personally found it quite abrasive and not rich and leathery. I've smelled probably a dozen leathers at this point, and this is far and away my least favorite.
One of the best "leather" fragrances. So classic. Will be around long after it's critics noses dry up! Found in the Bahamas in a sampler. Lovely, refined, "earthy-dry leather." I have had more comments on this fragrance than any worn. Women love this scent, which "morphs" as time passes. Long lasting, but subtle and different as the day wears on. Powdery-leather best describes it, but it is much more complex. It lasts. Not for boys, I might add. Clearly both a refined and power fragrance! One of my favorites all time!
I have been wanting to the fabled Knize Ten for years, and finally got some samples of it. I can see why this has been around so long, and still gets (mostly) the praise that it gets. The strange thing is, I don't really get any of the notes that are supposed to be in it. On me it starts off with a really nice, soapy clean barbershop note. That seems to last for a while which is nice, but the dry down comes awfully quick where I can just get hints of light leather and woods. Then after about two hours, it is all but a whisper of scent. I was hoping for a leather powerhouse (but to be fair I have been sampling Tom Ford Tuscan Leather and Royal English Leather which are full blast) but I am still enjoying the subtleties of Knize Ten.
Truly a love-it-or-hate-it scent. This is a floral leather with "rubber/tar" undertones, but I get mostly flowers and leather. I don't get the tobacco others mention. I find this most closely resembles Cuir Mauresque by Serge Lutens with its fruity floral leather and "neoprene" vibe. Good longevity and good sillage. Like all scents, a sampling is in order is you are interested in leather scents, but I enjoy Knize Ten.
Creed's Royal English Leather will always remain the quintessential Anglo-aristocratic perfume for me. It's quality-cum-simplicity speaks of unquestioned confidence in one's own status, horse-drawn carriages and fox hunts, a world where everything is in and everyone knows their place. Enter Knize Ten, the fragrance of modernity's gentleman. There's the powdery-floral refinement of yore here, mirroring the ties and tails tailored at the number one men's fashion address in Vienna. But there's also the pumping motor of a Brescia Type 23, the syncopation of the Jazz tunes, the complexity of modernism, Ulysses, Picasso, Dada, quantum theory, the new chemistry and all this makes Knize Ten the modernist equivalent to the pared down Creed - brasher, louder, more complex. If REL exudes the clarity and calm of a classicist landscape, Knize is like a Braque unfolding the dazzling complexity of space and time on its olfactory canvas, yet creating aesthetic coherence in the process. What an irony to call this an "antiquated" scent. It's high modernism in perfection. One gentlemanly rule remains essential, though: apply with a light hand.
Neutral for it's ability to be in production for nearly a hundred years. Otherwise it would have been a negative. The leather is so drenched in tar and creosote that it is nearly unbearable. Nearly...In small amounts, it smells ok. This would be a fragrance that I would spray one spritz in the air, then walk very fast underneath. to get just a hint on me.
you may love it and you may hate it...this is a masterpiece all the same!
Knize Ten by Knize, 1924
|Top Notes||Bergamot, Lemon, Orange, Petitgrain, Rosemary|
|Middle Notes||Geranium, Cedarwood, Rose, Orris, Carnation, Cinnamon, Sandalwood|
|Base Notes||Leather, Musk, Moss, Amber, Castoreum and Vanilla|
|Perfumer||Vincent Roubert / François Coty|
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