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French Pocket Knives

It is believed that French 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.

It is believed that French 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.

It is believed that French 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.


Le ThiersĀ®Gentleman by Fontenille Pataud offers a good balance between the blade and the handle thanks to its special forged spring. A groove into the back of the spring allows the blade to fold in. Le Thiers Ā® Gentleman by Fontenille Pataud provides a secure locking blade, a smooth mechanism and a solid blade stop to protect the edge to the blade.


Before the development of the Laguiole knives 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 of their flocks of sheep.


Named after the Great St Bernard Hospice, a travelerā€™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.


Le ThiersĀ® nature is a smaller & lighter version the Le ThiersĀ® Gentleman knife. From your pocket to the restaurant, it will soon become your favorite Every Day Carry.Handcrafted in Thiers-France this knife was approved by the "Coute de Tie", the Guild which certifies the authenticity of design. The name Le Thiers Ā® Nature by Fontenille Pataudā€ is a tribute to the city of Thiers. Like Solingen in Germany or Sheffield in England, Thiers has, for several centuries, been the hub of the French knives and cutlery industry.


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 lockback mechanism and Teflon washers this charismatic knifeā€™s blade action operates smoothly and safely during opening and closing.


Nontron is a name of a village in the Dordogne department of France where it is believed 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.


Discover a pocket knife as unique as the birth-island of Napoleon Bonaparte.


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.