Before the development of the Laguiole in the 19th century, French shepherds carried a knife called the "Capuchadou" (or "capujadou"). This knife was used for all daily tasks, from preparing lunch to caring for their flocks of sheep. The four-leaf clover was added to provide good luck.
Consider this: This knife was handmade in Europe's capital of cutlery, "Thiers." The Gilles® Fontenille Pataud collections 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 from start to finish ensuring pride of ownership of the final piece. 100% Made in France
Technical aspects: The spring is made from 3 mm thick stainless steel Z20c13 and features a blade-stop that helps maintain the blade's edge. The "Shamrock," as well as the handle's top, are hand-chased with a file: This denotes artisan quality, unlike mass-market knives that have welded springs and are machine decorated. The file work details create a unique knife, making each knife one of a kind.
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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!
Things to Look For 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) - World hardest wood and one of the most difficult to work with due to its density. Color ranges from an orangish-yellow to a darker red or brown, with darker violet to black streaks. Some pieces may be almost entirely black. Harvested in Central America.
Studded Work: Stainless Steel needles/studs inlay are each inserted and cut by hand. This stunning diamond-shaped artwork is exceptionally time-consuming and can only be carried out by Fontenille Pataud's most skilled artisans.
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.
Plates: 1.5 mm stainless. Decorated Spring: 3 mm stainless - Hand file work Blade Size: 7.6 cm (3") Bade: Swedish Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel - 56 Hrc. Handle Size: 9.52 cm (3.75") Open Size: 14.25 cm (8.58") Weight: ~ 94 grams (3.3 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.