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Fontenille Pataud Steak Knives
Named after the renowned Great St. Bernard Hospice, a haven for travelers navigating the perilous St. Bernard Pass in the Alps, which connects Switzerland and Italy, these diligent dogs share their namesake with their founder, Bernard of Menthon, the monk who established the hospice a millennium ago.
Originally bred as a working dog, the Saint Bernard later became a rescuer for those lost in the snow. The dogs were believed to wear a small barrel of brandy around their necks to revive frostbitten mountaineers. Chronicles by Napoleon's soldiers recount numerous lives saved by the Saint Bernards. This heroic behavior inspired the motto "Nobility, dedication, sacrifice," which embodies the St. Bernard knife. Its enduring strength, humble origins, and impeccable craftsmanship pay homage to the noble breed.
Consider this: This knife was masterfully crafted in Thiers, Europe's cutlery capital. Fontenille Pataud's "Gilles®" collection boasts some of the finest pocket knives. Each Gilles knife is the sole work of an individual artisan, guaranteeing distinct pride in ownership. This knife is entirely 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.
You need to know
Stabilized burled beech "End-Grain" or "Bois Debout" in French harvested in France. End grain is the grain of wood seen when it is cut across the growth rings. Rather than cutting a plank of wood the trunk's length, end grain wood is actually cut at a 90-degree angle to the grain. This type of cut exposes the character of the wood rings and graining.
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.)
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.