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    French Pocket Knives

    It is believed that French pocket knives making started at the beginning of the 13th Century in the village of Nontron. Today French cutlers are producing replicas of the originals as well as modernized versions. The models below are from manufacturers we trust for their ethical manufacturing process, part outsourcing and efficient warranty/repair services. Sadly, many French knife manufacturers are cutting corners in an effort to churn-out cheap pocket or steak knives. It is also important to know that many Laguiole knives are not even made in France at all. More on the Laguiole dilemma.
    It is believed that French pocket knives making started at the beginning of the 13th Century in the village of Nontron. Today French cutlers are producing replicas of the originals as well as modernized versions. The models below are all from manufactures we trust for their ethical manufacturing process and part outsourcing. Sadly, many French manufacturers are cutting corners in an effort to churn-out cheap knives. It is also important that many Laguiole style knives are not even made in France at all. More on the Laguiole dilemma.

    Laguiole Pocket Knives

    Pierre-Jean Calmels, a blacksmith in the village of Laguiole, conceived the first Laguiole knife in 1829. Calmels built two models, the capuchadou, knife of the ordinary peasants of the Aubrac and the Spanish Navaja, brought back from Catalogne by seasonal workers.

    The hardest steel tempered in Laguiole purest natural spring, a spring to close the blade, a handle fashioned from the local Aubrac Oax's horn... an exceptional knife was born. Over the years, Pierre-Jean Calmels perfected his art by adding a Trocar in 1840 to meet the needs of herders and farmers. Take a look at the series


    Le Thiers Pocket Knives by Fontenille Pataud

    Le Thiers Pocket knives by Fontenille Pataud bears the name of the city of Thiers, the French capital of cutlery. Coming from the reflection of a whole profession, it is subject to the respect of a charter (juranda) which implies the respect of strict specifications. Unlike Laguiole knives, the "Le Thiers" name and patented design are strictly protected by the city of Thiers and the French government. The "Le Thiers" series of pocket knives all feature an easy opening and locking blade system making it safer to use. The flexibility of the precision mechanism makes the knives easy to open and close. As with all Fontenille Pataud pocket knives, the cutting edge of the blades is protected by a solidly fixed blade stop. Each knife in this collection features our "What You See Is What You Get" option. In Other words the knife on the photos is the one that will be shipped Take a look at the series


    The Capuchadou Pocket Knives by Fontenille Pataud

    Before the development of the Laguiole in the early 19th century, French shepherds carried a knife called the "Capuchadou" (or "capujadou"). This knife was used for all daily tasks, from preparing lunch to care for their flocks of sheep. The Guilloché series features additional chiseling of the spring and liners (top & bottom. The "bee" and the spring (4 leaf-clover) of these knives are forged from one piece of stainless steel. The shamrock also features an optional genuine gemstone in its center. Fontenille Pataud knives are considered by many to be some of the best French pocket knives money can buy. As with all Fontenille Pataud pocket knives, the cutting edge of the blades is protected by a solidly fixed blade stop.
    Each knife in this collection features our "What You See Is What You Get" option. In other words, the knife on the photos is the one that will be shipped. Take a look at the series


    The Saint Bernard Pocket Knives by Fontenille Pataud

    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 for Bernard of Menthon, the monk who established the station 1000 years ago. The “Gilles®” Fontenille Pataud collection of knives are considered by many to be some of the best French pocket knives money can buy. 100% Made in France. As with all Fontenille Pataud pocket knives, the cutting edge of the blades is protected by a solidly fixed blade stop.

    Each knife in this collection features our "What You See Is What You Get" option. In other words, the knife on the photos is the one that will be shipped. Take a look


    Nontron Forged Blade Pocket Knives

     

    Nontron is a name of a village in the Dordogne department of France where it is extremely likely pocket knife making started at the beginning of the 13th Century thus making Nontron France's oldest pocket knife. Today, the cutlery that bears its name (Coutellerie Nontronnaise since 1928) produces handmade knives using ancestral methods and, yes modern tools as well. All Nontron series of knives feature a forged T12 blade, the same blade material used on all Forge de Laguiole pocket knives. Note that the Nontron brand is owned by Forge de Laguiole, France.   Take a look


    5 Coqs Pocket Knives by Fontenille Pataud

    Named after the village of Yssingeaux (translation from local dialect = five cockerel) this knife honors the Gallic Rooster, the unofficial national bird of France. With his rooster crest back-lock mechanism and Teflon washers, this charismatic knife’s blade action operates smoothly and safely during opening and closing. Each knife fly includes a genuine mother of pearl inlay.
    The Fontenille Pataud collection of knives are considered by many to be some of the best French pocket knives money can buy. 100% Made in France.

    Each knife in this collection features our "What You See Is What You Get" option. In other words, the knife on the photos is the one that will be shipped. Take a look


    Corsican Pialincu Pocket Knives by Fontenille Pataud
    Discover a pocket knife that is as unique as the birth-island of Napoleon Bonaparte.

    The Pialincu "Peasant" in southern Corsican dialect is a 10.5 cm handle pocket knife that was created with Antoine Zuria and Robert Beillonnet (Awareded skillest custom French knife maker in 1997 and 2000). These knives feature an easy opening and locking blade system making it safer to use. The flexibility of the precision mechanism makes the knives easy to open and close. As with all Fontenille Pataud pocket knives, the cutting edge of the blades is protected by a solidly fixed blade stop. The Fontenille Pataud collection of knives are considered by many to be some of the best French pocket knives money can buy. 100% Made in France.

    Each knife in this collection features our "What You See Is What You Get" option. In other words, the knife on the photos is the one that will be shipped. Take a look