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Fontenille Pataud Steak Knives
Before the development of the Laguiole in the 19th century, French shepherds carried a knife called the "Capuchadou" (or "capujadou"). This knife was used for all daily tasks, from preparing lunch to caring for their flocks of sheep. The four-leaf clover was added to provide good luck.
Guilloche: The Guilloché series features additional chiseling of the spring and liners (top & bottom. The "bee" and the spring (4 leaf clover) of this knife are forged from one piece of stainless steel. The shamrock also features a genuine gemstone in its center.
Consider this: This knife was handmade in Europe's capital of cutlery, "Thiers." The Gilles® Fontenille Pataud collections of knives are considered by many to be some of the best pocket knives money can buy. All Knives offered by Gilles are entirely made by a single craftsman from start to finish ensuring pride of ownership of the final piece. 100% Made in France
Technical aspects: The spring is made from 3 mm thick stainless steel Z20c13 and features a blade-stop that helps maintain the blade's edge. The "Shamrock," as well as the handle's top, are hand-chased with a file: This denotes artisan quality, unlike mass-market knives that have welded springs and are machine decorated. The file work details create a unique knife, making each knife one of a kind.
You will receive the actual folding knife shown in the photos.
No one wants to view photos of a beautiful and unique knife and receive something not even close to the representative image; this is why we take pictures of each piece. Select your One-Of-A-Kind knife!
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The file work on the springs (top of handle) are individually hand filled by a French artisan, therefore all are different. Additionally, two handles made from the same material can have very different patterns.
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Stainless Steel needle/studs inlay - Horn Tip from domestic cattle. The tip of the horn is the hardest and most durable; inferior horn handles are made from the bottom of the horn, which will warp with time.
Studded Work: Stainless Steel needles/studs inlay are each inserted and cut by hand. This stunning diamond shape artwork is exceptionally time-consuming and can only be carry-out by Fontenille Pataud's most skilled artisans.
Pocket knives are shipped same business day from Florida when ordered by 4 PM Eastern time. UPS delivery can be expected in 1 to 3 business days depending on destination. International shipping options are available at checkout.
Plates: 1.5 mm stainless.
Decorated Spring: 3 mm stainless - Hand file work
Blade Size: 7.6 cm (3")
Bade: Swedish Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel - 56 Hrc.
Handle Size: 9.52 cm (3.75")
Open Size: 14.25 cm (8.58")
Weight: ~ 94 grams (3.3 oz.)
For best care, refrain from submerging in water and dry immediately. We recommend using Tuf-Glide Oil-Free Lubricant 1/4 oz Pen. Periodically apply a few drops of lubricant to the axle of all moving parts to maintain optimal performance.