The Nontron knife shares the name of the French village of its birth, located in the Dordogne department. This knife's history is filled with so many legends that it is difficult to date its exact origin; however, most experts agree that the Nontron knife is the oldest French folding knife dating back to the 13th century. Today, the cutlery that bears its name since 1928 produces handmade knives using ancestral methods. The procedures used to conceive today's Nontron pocket knives have been nearly the same since the fifteenth century.
Handle type: Early 20th-century antique reproduction.
Locking system: Slipjoint. The blade is held in position by a strong "back spring" but is not "locked." Most traditional French pocket knives use this proven system (i.e., Laguiole knives).
Open size: 16.8 cm (6.60")
Blade Size: 7.3 cm (32.87")
Blade Type: Drop-point
Bade: Forged T12 alloy
Handle Size: 9.5 cm (3.74")
Weight: ~ 56 grams (2 oz.)
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 snag trees (Standing dead trees) that have been left to dry in the Arizona desert heat for decades. As it ages, 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.
Imported from & harvested in Arizona
The wood burned patterns, whose origin and meanings are still not fully understood, are made from “flies,” a kind of reversed V surrounded by 3 points and rows of small dots. Religious symbols? Perhaps a reference to the Freemasons' compass or the Compagnons du Devoir? No one really knows.
Of course, many are convinced that they know the meaning of this mystical symbol. We, at Laguiole Imports, are no different; we are certain that the symbol is one of a compass (V) and the three dots (∴) representing the first three craft degrees of initiation in the Masonic Honor Points. These fascinating symbols first appeared with the clog handle design. Today, they decorate all boxwood models of pockets and table knives. Fact: The Nontron shop is the oldest continuously operating cutlery in France.
The legendary Nontron symbol being apply to a boxwood handle
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.