Capuchadou 12 cm Classic Folding Knife - Desert Ironwood

Before the early 19th-century emergence of the Laguiole knife, French shepherds relied on a versatile tool known as the "Capuchadou" or "capujadou." This all-purpose pocket knife served various functions, including meal preparation and everyday tasks. The addition of the four-leaf clover symbolized good fortune.

Consider this: Crafted in Thiers, the European hub of cutlery, this knife is part of the esteemed Gilles® Fontenille Pataud collections, regarded by many as the finest pocket knives in France. Each knife is meticulously handcrafted by a single craftsman, guaranteeing pride and exclusivity in the final piece. 100% Made in France

Technical aspects: The spring, crafted from 3 mm thick Z20c13 stainless steel, incorporates a blade-stop to preserve the blade's sharpness. The hand-chased "Shamrock" and handle top, created with a file, signify exceptional artisan quality - starkly contrasting to mass-produced knives with welded springs and machine decorations. These intricate file work details render each knife uniquely one-of-a-kind.

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.

You need to know

  1. If you do not checkout after adding this unique folding knife to your cart, someone else may purchase it.
  2. After purchasing this knife the unique photo(s) may be replaced within hours. Feel free to save the actual photos of your knife for personal use.

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.

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Plates: 1.5 mm stainless.
Decorated Spring: 3 mm stainless - Hand file work
Blade Size: 9.4 cm (3.7")
 Swedish Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel - 56 Hrc.
Handle Size: 12.3 cm (4.65")
Weight: ~ 120 grams (4.2 oz.)

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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.Sentry-Solutions Tuf Glide 1/4 oz. Pen-Applicator