Corsican L' Antò Classic pocket knife by Fontenille Pataud. This EDC features a clever locking blade system located on top of the handle. Easy and comfortable to use, each user will find his or her own way to trigger it. This Corsican knife like all others offered by Fontenille Pataud was created in collaboration with the Zuria family of Bonifacio Corsica.
Consider this: This knife is entirely handmade in Europe's capital of cutlery "Thiers." The “Gilles®” Fontenille Pataud collection of knives are considered by many to be some of the best French pocket knives money can buy. All folding 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
Because we realize those questions will be asked!
Does the Lock-Top feel "in the way" when using the knife?
No, quite the contrary, here is why. The lock-top is slightly curved to feel secure when pressed by the thumb. Additionally, the filling decoration on each side provides additional grip.
What is the best technique to unlock the blade?
Although there are many ways to pull up the Lock-Top we found that simply sliding the thumbnail under the gap is the most efficient and safe way to unlock the blade.
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!
Things to Look For
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
Desert Ironwood (Olneya tesota) - One of the world hardest wood and most difficult to work with due to its density.
This increasingly rare wood comes from dead trees that have been left to dry in the desert heat for decades. As it starts to fossilize, the wood turns reddish brown with a golden hue and beautiful veining. The wood from this very slow growing tree can be well over 100 years old. Harvested in Arizona or Northwestern Mexico.
Good to know: Ironwood can sometimes show tiny knots or small depressions within the wood. This is not considered a defect but rather a characteristic of this wood.
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.
Smooth, easy opening & closing is provided by a Teflon-assisted Top-Lock system. This knife also features a solid hardened blade stop to help prevent the blade's edge from making contact with the inner area of the spring.
Blade: 14C28N Swedish stainless steel, 3 mm thick, 58-59 Hrc.
Plates: 1.5 mm stainless.
Decorated Spring & lock-top system: 3 mm stainless - Hand file work
Blade Size: 9.4 cm (3.7")
Handle Size: 12.2 cm (4.6")
Open Size: 21.6 cm (8.5")
Weight: ~ 130 grams (4.6 oz.)
Hand wash only, do not immerse in water. We Recommend the use of Tuf-Glide Oil-Free Lubricant 1/4 oz Pen. Periodically place a couple of drops of lubricant on the axle of all moving parts.