Corsican L' Antò Classic pocket knife by Fontenille Pataud. This EDC features a clever locking blade system located on top of the handle. Easy and comfortable to use, each user will find his or her own way to trigger it. This Corsican knife like all others offered by Fontenille Pataud was created in collaboration with the Zuria family of Bonifacio Corsica.
Consider this: This knife is entirely handmade in Europe's capital of cutlery "Thiers." The “Gilles®” Fontenille Pataud collection of knives are considered by many to be some of the best French pocket knives money can buy. All folding 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
Because we realize those questions will be asked!
Does the Lock-Top feel "in the way" when using the knife?
No, quite the contrary, here is why. The lock-top is slightly curved to feel secure when pressed by the thumb. Additionally, the filling decoration on each side provides additional grip.
What is the best technique to unlock the blade?
Although there are many ways to pull up the Lock-Top we found that simply sliding the thumbnail under the gap is the most efficient and safe way to unlock the blade.
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
Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora) harvested in Gabon, Africa. Ebony is the darkest wood in the world and one of the few that does not float. Generally, Ebony trees are small and slow-growing. Worldwide demand for ebony wood is very high: it’s a high-quality hardwood that’s very hard, very strong, and most of all, very black. As a result, many species of Ebony have been banned from export.
Note that the international trade of Gabon Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora) used on this model is highly regulated.
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.
Smooth, easy opening & closing is provided by a Teflon-assisted Top-Lock 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: 3 mm thick Stainless Damascus 56-57 Hrc hardness.
Forged in Sweden by Damasteel (new window).
Plates: 1.5 mm stainless.
Decorated Spring & lock-top system: 3 mm stainless - Hand file work
Blade Size: 9.4 cm (3.7")
Handle Size: 12.2 cm (4.6")
Open Size: 21.6 cm (8.5")
Weight: ~ 130 grams (4.6 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.