Corsican L' Antò Classic pocket knife by Fontenille Pataud. This EDC features a clever locking blade system located on the handle. Easy and comfortable to use, each user will find a way to trigger it. Like all others offered by Fontenille Pataud, this Corsican knife was created in collaboration with the Zuria family of Bonifacio Corsica.
This knife is 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 pocket knives money can buy. All Knives offered by Gilles are entirely made by a single craftsman, ensuring pride of ownership of the final piece. 100% Made in France
Because we know 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 you found to unlock the blade?
Although there are many ways to pull up the Lock-Top, 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!
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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
Snakewood aka Amourette (Brosimum guianense) is a gorgeous wood that originates mostly from Brazil's Suriname valley.
The part sold as snakewood is really the heartwood of the much larger tree. This wood is usually felled with axes and carried on the backs of natives over streams and through jungle areas.
Each tree felled is monitored, the Brazilian government has developed a strict permit process to control harvesting. The name was inspired by the snakeskin-like markings that decorate this exotic wood.
Initially deep red in color, snakewood changes color upon being exposed to air, making the wood eventually turn reddish-brown, as you see it today.
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.
A Teflon-assisted Top-Lock system provides a smooth acction. 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.
Lock-top system: 3 mm stainless
Scutled Art: Entirely hand-sculpted scallops
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.)
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.