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Fontenille Pataud Steak Knives
Before the early 19th-century emergence of the Laguiole knife, French shepherds relied on a versatile tool known as the "Capuchadou" or "capujadou." This all-purpose pocket knife served various functions, including meal preparation and everyday tasks. The addition of the four-leaf clover symbolized good fortune.
Consider this: Crafted in Thiers, the European hub of cutlery, this knife is part of the esteemed Gilles® Fontenille Pataud collections, regarded by many as the finest pocket knives in France. Each knife is meticulously handcrafted by a single craftsman, guaranteeing pride and exclusivity in the final piece. 100% Made in France
Technical aspects: The spring, crafted from 3 mm thick Z20c13 stainless steel, incorporates a blade-stop to preserve the blade's sharpness. The hand-chased "Shamrock" and handle top, created with a file, signify exceptional artisan quality - starkly contrasting to mass-produced knives with welded springs and machine decorations. These intricate file work details render each knife uniquely 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.
You need to know
Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora) harvested in Gabon, Africa. Ebony is the darkest wood in the world and one of the few that does not float. Generally, Ebony trees are small and slow-growing. Worldwide demand for ebony wood is very high: it’s a high-quality hardwood that’s very hard, very strong, and most of all, very black. As a result, many species of Ebony have been banned from export.
Note that the international trade of Gabon Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora) used on this model is highly regulated.
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: 9.4 cm (3.7")
Bade: Swedish Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel - 56 Hrc.
Handle Size: 12.3 cm (4.65")
Weight: ~ 120 grams (4.2 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.