Before the development of the Laguiole knife in the early 19th century, French shepherds carried a blade called the "Capuchadou" (or "capujadou"). This knife was used for all daily tasks, from preparing lunch to caring for their flock of sheep. Capuchadou knives are typically characterized by their curved handle, designed to maximize cutting efficiency. The Yatagan style blade was usually made of high-carbon steel but is now primarily stainless; the knife has a distinctive shape that allows precision cutting and slicing. The handle is traditionally made of wood or bone and is designed to provide a comfortable grip for extended use.
Capuchadou knives are still popular among outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, and collectors for their durability and functionality. They are often used for camping, hunting, other outdoor activities, and general-purpose tasks in the kitchen or workshop. The Guilloché series features additional chiseling of the spring and liners (top & bottom. These knives 4-leaf-clover and springs are forged from one piece of stainless and also feature an optional genuine gemstone in its center. Fontenille Pataud knives are considered by many to be some of the best French pocket knives money can buy. As with all Fontenille Pataud pocket knives, a solidly fixed blade stop protects the blades' cutting edge.