In the world of 20th-century French regional knives, the Pradel stands out as the sole blade named in honor of its inventor, Mr. Etienne Pradel. This knife became so renowned in the late 1900s that it became synonymous with a particular category of knives, a renowned brand, and an illustrious manufacturer. The origins of the Pradel knife can be traced back to the coastal regions of Normandy and Brittany, where it was first produced for the hands of skilled sailors and farm laborers as a simple and practical tool.
Crafted in 1867 by the expert hands of Etienne Pradel, the blade's namesake, this renowned knife draws inspiration from well-known English cutlery (particularly those from Sheffield) and boasts a unique spear point design.
Consider this: This knife was 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 pocket knives money can buy. All Knives offered by Gilles are entirely made by a single craftsman from start to finish ensuring pride in ownership of the final piece.
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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.
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Blade Size: 8.70 cm (3.7/16")
Lock-Back: Solid stainless
Blade-stop: Ensure that the blade does not come into contact with the spring.
Blade: Stainless Swedish 12C27 steel, 3 mm thick. Hardness: 56-57 Hrc.
Handle Size: 11.7 cm (4.60")
Open Size: 20.40 cm (8.03")
Weight: ~ 110.55 grams (3.9 oz.)
Plates: 1.5 mm stainless.
Spring: 3 mm stainless
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.