Named after the Great St Bernard Hospice, a traveler’s hospice on the often treacherous St. Bernard Pass in the Alps located between Switzerland and Italy. The pass, the lodge, and the dogs are named after Bernard of Menthon, the monk who established the station 1000 years ago.
Saint Bernard was originally bred as a working dog and later rescued people lost in the snow. They carried a mythical small barrel of brandy around their neck to revive frozen mountaineers. Napoleon's soldiers' chronicles tell how many lives were saved by the Saint-Bernard. Their heroic behavior gave birth to the motto "Nobility, dedication, sacrifice" this motto inspires the St. Bernard knife. The enduring strength, humble beginnings, and unfailing craftsmanship are a tribute to the name.
Consider this: This knife was 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. This knife is 100% Made in France.
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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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.
Technical aspects: Smooth, easy opening & closing is provided by a Teflon-assisted lock back 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: 12C27 Swedish stainless steel, 3mm thick, 56-57 Hrc.
Plates: 1.5 mm stainless.
Decorated Spring: 3 mm stainless - Hand file work
Lock-back system: 3 mm thick Z20c13 stainless steel
Blade Size: 9 cm (3.500")
Handle Size: 11 cm (4.33") including back lock release
Open Size: 20 cm (8.7/8 ")
Weight: ~ 91 grams (3.2 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.