The Yssingeaux (pronounced "e seɪn jo") is named after its birthplace of "Yssingeaux" a village in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France. The version of the knife you see today was baptized Yssingeaux around 1920 but was also found in slightly different formats since the late 1800s under the name ""Issoire", "Bourbonnais (1890)", "Façon Chabrol (1908)" and "Le Basque (1912)". Today, Fontenille Pataud also offers a slightly more contemporary version of this knife that features a lock back system named "5 Coqs".
Technical aspects: This knife features a solid hardened blade stop to help prevent the blade's edge from making contact with the inner area of the spring. This knife's handle is progressively wider toward the bottom. This characteristic provides a safer grip.
Handle Material:Desert Ironwood - World hardest wood and one of the most difficult to work with due to its density (Central America). Blade: 3 mm thick stainless steel Sandvik 12c27, hardness: 56-57 Hrc. Plates: 1.5 mm stainless. Hand file Spring: 3 mm stainless with genuine Mother of Pearl Inlay - Hand file Blade Size: 8.8 cm (3.45") Handle Size: 11 cm (4.33") Open Size: 20 cm (7.80 ") Weight: ~ 86 grams (3 oz.)
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 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