We are proud to introduce our brand new model Le Thiers® Pocket. Like its big brothers Le Thiers® Nature and Le Thiers® Gentleman, this knife features a locking blade system. This system allows you to use it in perfect safety and to open/close its blade very easily. Le Thiers® Pocket offers a 14C28N stainless steel blade, we also offer an optional RWL34 stainless steel blade with a hardness of 60 hrc. You can also find our Damasteel® stainless damascus steel blades, two patterns are available: Vinland and Twist.
The Thiers® Pocket: a sober and elegant knife
The Thiers® Pocket is a discreet knife measuring 10 cm closed and 17.5 cm open, so it is perfectly suited for regular use.
The Le Thiers knife takes its name from the town of the same name located in Auvergne, in the Puy-de-Dôme. Le Thiers is a design registered with the INPI (Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle) by the Confrérie du Couteau de Tié in July 1994. This association gathers professional or amateur knife enthusiasts, and works to maintain a high level of quality in the manufacture of knives, as evidenced by the “Jurande” signed by all its members.
The Le Thiers knife must be manufactured according to very strict quality rules. To guarantee the authenticity and territoriality of the Le Thiers model, all spare parts and all manufacturing steps must be entirely carried out in the Thiers basin.
The Thiers Nature of the Maison Fontenille Pataud is more slender and light than its big brother the Thiers Gentleman. It is one of the few Thiers models with easy opening and blade locking. At the end of the handle of this Thiers is a rear pump system to close your knife in perfect safety. This part can also be used as a gutter on which you can hang a chain. In order to obtain a good balance between the handle and the blade, a groove has been cut at the back of the spring allowing the blade to be folded in.
Le Thiers will be discreet in your pocket with a featherweight of 100 g for 11.5 cm closed, and elegant up to the restaurant with its open size of 20 cm which makes it a real table knife. Its spring is hand chiselled and has a solid blade stop that will allow you to snap your knife without it hitting the bottom of the knife when closed.
Thiers Nature in warthog is made from a tooth because with this one can only make one knife. The warthog is a mammal that occurs mainly in South or East Africa. Its two tusks pointing upwards can reach 60 cm in older individuals. They are used in particular to dig up roots or bulbs, but also to defend themselves when they load their predators. The warthog’s tooth brings a certain rusticity to your Thiers, due to its white, rosé and brown colour. Its roughness can make you think of defects that are not, it’s just the material that is like that.
For hunting enthusiasts or collectors, owning a Thiers Nature warthog is quite common these days.
Our friend Stefan Schmalhaus credit us of an exceptional video about Le Thiers® knives family with lock-back system, to watch now. Please note that the Thiers® Pocket will be available on our website in January: www.fontenille-pataud.com
Each region of France has a singular history, a cultural heritage and traditions. We can notice that the knife is usually part of this ensemble. At the beginning it was a working tool which was the extension of the hand. The knife has integrated and spread the local habits and life of the inhabitants of a region.
The legend of the Laguiole knife is a nice example of this transmission because this knife was created in the Massif Central region and more particularly in the Aubrac region. It enabled the region to be worldwide well known and is still contributing to this recognition.
Laguiole XS with lock-back system
The small Laguiole knives have always been neglected by the manufacturers. They point them out as “ladies or children knives”. The quality is usually mediocre.
The Laguiole XS knife made of iron wood by Fontenille Pataud is the smallest knife we offer. The Laguiole XS knife 9 cm will be discreet in your suit’s pocket or in your handbag.
In a few years, the Laguiole XS became the celebrity of the small Laguiole knives segment thanks to its precision that allows an easy opening and closing. The Laguiole XS knife 9cm made of ironwood offers a safe use because the blade is locked when open. This knife is perfect for those who want a discreet but efficient knife.
To manufacture the handle of our Laguiole knives, we select our raw material carefully. All materials used in the fabrication of our Laguiole XS knife are first choice in order to satisfy our customers while using their Laguiole XS knife made of ironwood
The Laguiole XS knife has an ironwood handle. The ironwood is a very strong wood, very pretty when polished, that can go from beige to dark brown. It has some tiger-striped marbling and golden reflections. It is one of the heaviest and densest wood: it doesn’t float even when dry. It is generally centenary: this wood is very rare and precious that can be sculpted when it had a natural death and has dried on site for 3 years. It comes from the USA.
The Laguiole XS made of ironwood : a little treat in the pocket!
The yellow gentian grows on the Aubrac plateau between 800 and 1300 meters above the see level. It can be 2 meters high this is why its nickname is “the green skyscraper”. It takes 20 years to the plant to have its adult size. Some pretty little yellow flowers appear after 8 or 10 years of leaving and flowers every two years. However, it is the roots, called rhizome, that are used for several things: they are thick and can be 1 meter long and weight 5 kg.
In order to harvest the rhizomes, we call on a man cold “gentianaire” or “gençainaire” in the local dialect. The roots are deeply buried in the ground and it is a gargantuan task to extract them from the earth. It can only be made by hand.
They start the extraction in June until October. To collect, the farmer uses to specific tools :
– A pickaxe, called “anchor” that was used as a lever to unearth the rhizomes
– Nowadays, they use a steel garden fork that is at least 12,5 kg. They use to call it the “Evil garden fork”
This fork is narrow and the tine is made of two long teeth that are straight or slightly curved. They are usually 1 meter long. The teeth have been reinforced in order to make easier the removing and to resist the pressure due to the roots extraction. On the fork you can also find a footboard or two toe-clips on which the farmer jump in order to sink the teeth in the ground. A great “gentianaire” can remove from 200 to 300 kg of rhizome per day using only its arms strength.
The harvest of the day is placed into big jute bags that allow air to enter in order to avoid fermentation. Afterwards, they clean the roots with their Laguiole knife. They have to work very patiently and carefully to withdraw the soil and cut the buds.
The roots cargo is delivered to the cooperative where it is going to:
– Be macerated and distilled. Then the liquor and aperitifs can be produced. Gentian is also used to produce local drinks in other countries as in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria…
– Be dried in glasshouses for 3 weeks et sold during winter to created pharmaceutical and herbalist products
The gentian root is used since Antiquity because of its digestives, tonic, purgative, refreshing, fortifying (etc.) virtues… It is on the medicinal plants list. It is also used to stimulate appetit.
As the « gentianaires » of Aubrac, have a look to the size of the yellow gentian, then you will know the height of the snow during the next winter.