Laguiole Fontenille Pataud

Le Chamois knife with corkscrew

We have already talked about our last mountain knife sold on our website: Le Chamois. Le Chamois knife is now available with a corkscrew for wine enthusiasts and robust knives of course. This knife will quickly become your perfect hiling tool.

Couteau de montagne le Chamois tire-bouchon

Couteau de montagne fabriqué en France Le Chamois

The corkscrew is only available on Le Chamois knife 12 cm, find more information on our website of knives.

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Museum of Cutlery

Cutlery was born in Thiers, there is more than 6 centuries. The Museum of cutlery was created in 1982 in order to continue this tradition of craftsmanship of the knife.
Located in the old city center, the museum cutlery present social and economic history of Thiers cutlery and an unfamiliar and sometimes maligned object: the knife.
More than a traditional museum, find houses demonstration workshops and manufacturing where artisans develop high-end knives.

Space for meetings and special trade, the place to discover all the know-how of cutlers of the city of Thiers.

To avoid seeing the knife as a simple and any object, the museum’s collections have models equally rare and unexpected. Peasant knife, knife princes, Thiers knives and elsewhere, knives yesterday and today show the evolution of the object over time.

You will also find some knives made long ago by our cutlery that has existed since 1920.

More information on the museum of cutlery website.

Museum of Cutlery

23 and 58 Street Cutlery

Tel: 04 73 80 58 86
Fax: 04 73 80 29 39

Facebook page of the museum 

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Laguiole knives collectors range

In Fontenille-Pataud, we produce a lot of Laguiole knives with handles made ​​up of different species, with stainless steel blades, carbon steel or Damascus steel, but we also produce knives Laguiole collection.

This particular set of Laguiole sale on our online sale of knives.

These knives are inspired for most of Laguiole former example the Laguiole knife traditional collection range Pigeon’s wing horn tip or the Laguiole knife traditional collection range Walker real bone. Other models are created as more contemporary knife like the Laguiole knife traditional collection range The Wine,”The wine” scene , made by Roux marquiand goldsmith, from real Sterling solid 925/1000 silver foundry on 1,2 mm thick stainless steel.

The Laguiole knife traditional collection Jean-Paul real ivory and the Laguiole traditional collection Mike chased real ebony  are creations of our most experienced cutlers, finesse and accuracy of these models require a relatively long work, these knives also bear the names of their creators.

These models are all Laguiole handmade in our workshop in France. We follow the story and bring all our know-how to meet the characteristics and specificities of these knives.

Couteau Laguiole collection aile de pigeons

Couteau Laguiole collection vignoble en argent masif

Couteau Laguiole collection 12 cm marcheur os

Find all these Laguiole collection on our website and do not hesitate to contact us for more information.


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The history of our cutlery

Fontenille-Pataud was founded in 1929. It quickly became recognized as a manufacturer of high -end table knives. They were admired and revered for their expertise and use of ivory, horn and other fine wood.
As a testimony to their craft, some of these knives are permanently on display at the French knife museum in Thiers, France. This tradition of quality and beauty continued through the years, including management and ownership changes.
Cutlery Fontenille-Pataud, handmade in France folding knife
Gilles Steinberg acquired Fontenille-Pataud in 1994. The sale was more than simple business. The previous owner, Mr. Bargoin, selected Gilles to continue the Fontenille-Pataud business. He was confident that Gilles, with his hard work ethic and his passion for tradition would be well suited to use his youthful skills to bring the company into the quickly changing marketplace.
Change is inevitable. With convenience, technology and globalization, today’s consumer faces a plethora of choices. Plastic handles, Chinese imports and clever marketing provided consumers with choices on quality, price and confusion. Fontenille -Pataud chose to leave the mass market mess by re-positioning its business and product line.
In 1995, Gilles began to concentrate its business on the French pocket knife. Popular and diverse, the Laguiole pocket knife has a world-wide audience familiar with the intricacies of material choice and workmanship. Their success became clear as the Gilles® trademark adorned each knife since 1997.Fontenille-Pataud is very proud of our continued success. Our customers and their testimonials speak to the Gilles® difference. Our products do not compromise on quality.

Unfortunately, not all knife makers share this view. Whether from abroad or in our own backyard, we witness products with poor quality, inexpensive pricing and arrogant marketing claims (which rarely reflect the truth). But in today’s world, this has become common. It is the consumer’s choice.
Our choice is quality over quantity. We want –and are– proud of the knives we sell.  We offer a wide range of product offerings. Our French regional knives from the Corsican to the folding Laguiole are embraced for their function as well as their form. Collector knives are an extraordinary addition for the most discerning owner. Damascus steel joins with ivory handles, tied with sterling silver wire and held by beautiful bolsters to create a true work of art.Fontenille-Pataud is the first French knife manufacturer to sell on the world-wide web. In 2000, the French government recognized our firm’s achievements and presented an award in small business.  We have also been awarded the “Living Heritage”.  Owner Gilles Steinberg is a “Maître Artisan”, or Master Artist in fine knife and table cutlery.

We participate in three international trade shows.  We are proud of our global customer base. It is a tribute to a world-wide appreciation for the traditional arts and an awareness that true quality and integrity knows no boundaries.We look forward to working with you !

Gilles and its team
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Le Thiers knife, history of a french city

Our cutlery workshop was created and is still located in the town of Thiers since 1920.  This city is the capital of the French cutlery, two-thirds of knives produced in France for the pocket, kitchen or table are manufactured by Thiers companies and its region. Expertise cutlers Thiernois draws its inspiration from a tradition that dates back more than six centuries.

Le Thiers knife is a model filed with the INPI (National Institute of Industrial Property) by the Brotherhood of “Le thiers” knife in July 1994. This brings knife enthusiasts, professionals or amateurs, and work for maintaining a high level of quality in the manufacture of knives as evidenced by the “Jurande” signed by all professional members.

The guild, a quality charter created by the Brotherhood of knife Thiers:

  • Cutler must prove five years of activity cutlery
  • Graphics or prototype introduced by Cutler candidate must receive the approval of the Brotherhood decided by the Board of Jurande
  • Cutler each participant in the guild pact will put its own brand on the tables of marks and registration numbers imposed by the Brotherhood
  • To proceed with the manufacture and marketing of Le Thiers knife, Cutler is obliged to appear on the knife brand “Le Thiers” and the stamp “T.” .
  • In any case, Cutler will not perform operations relating to any rank outside Cutler Basin Thiers.
  • Cutler will be required to produce the knife “Le Thiers”, and all its components from quality recognized by the whole brotherhood materials.
  • Cutler will be required to produce the knife “Le Thiers”, and all its components from quality recognized by the whole brotherhood materials.

This famous knife Le Thiers has just celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, today, fifty cutlers make this knife. You can find more details on the website of the Brotherhood of Le Thiers knife.

In Fontenille-Pataud workshop, we also produce our Le Thiers knife for several years now. We chose to create a knife that combines tradition and technical innovation: lightweight knife, easy opening and closing with one hand, liner-lock system with hardened steel ball to keep the blade closed, Teflon mounting ring.

Find our entire production of our Le Thiers folding knives.

Le Thiers knife handmade in France by Fontenille Pataud

Le Thiers handmade in France knife by Fontenille-Pataud


handmade knife Le Thiers by our french cultler


Handmade in France knife by Fontenille Pataud, damascus blade and liner, mammoth ivory : le Thiers knife

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