The Yssingeaux (pronounced "e seɪn jo") knife, named after its origin in the village of Yssingeaux in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, has a rich history. The current version coined Yssingeaux around 1920, evolved from slightly different designs dating back to the late 1800s. These earlier forms include the "Issoire," "Bourbonnais (1890)," "Façon Chabrol (1908)," and "Le Basque (1912)."
Consider this: This knife is skillfully handcrafted in Thiers, Europe's renowned cutlery hub. Gilles® Fontenille Pataud's collection is highly regarded as some of the finest pocket knives in France. Each knife is crafted by a dedicated artisan, which ensures a sense of pride in owning the final piece.100% Made in France
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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.
This knife features a solid hardened blade stop to help prevent the blade's edge from making contact with the inner area of the spring. This knife's handle is progressively wider toward the bottom. This characteristic provides a safer grip.
Folding Mechanism: Traditional French slip joint
Metal finish: Brushed
Blade: 3 mm thick stainless steel Sandvik 12c27, hardness: 56-57 Hrc.
Plates: 1.5 mm stainless.
Hand file Spring: 3 mm stainless with genuine Mother of Pearl Inlay
Blade Size: 8.8 cm (3.45")
Handle Size: 11 cm (4.33")
Open Size: 20 cm (7.80 ")
Weight: ~ 86 grams (3 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.