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The Laguiole Nature knife combines the best of the old and new. The traditional graceful of the Laguiole knife have been updated to include a smooth locking blade system. It is easy to use, beautiful to show and superior in performance.
In the heart of the Livradois Forez Regional Nature Park, Thiers is an attractive city. Both live and activities have thriven up and around the geologic rocky promontory nesting the medieval city. The local cutlery has grown within its protective ramparts. the city can boast a rich bulding heritage.
While strolling along ths steep streets of the medieval center, one can admire the half-timbered dwellings 15th and 16th century architecture. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Thiers was fully prosperous. Weathly merchants, exporting local cutlery on a worldwide scale, could then afford luxurious Renaissance-style dwellings, still visible. Anceint workshop mark up the route for the visitor keen on discovering the cutlery heritage throughout the medevial city and feeling its so special charm.
Le Thiers knife, handmade in Thiers, is the result of this tradition.
Do you know our brand new knife: “Le Thiers® Gentleman“, technical knife isn’t it?
Le Thiers® : a collective daring challenge
A paradox gave birth to this knife: Thiers, the Capital of French Cutlery, has a six-century knife experience gained in knife manufacturing. the city, as well as the surrounding moutain hamlets manufactured various types of regional knives and products for exports. Amoug them, for instance, “Laguiole”, “L’Aurillac”, “Le Normand”, “L’yssingeaux”….still being manufactured there in Thiers area, their names referring to regions. Strangely enough, the craftsmen of Thiers area had never claimed a common identity throught an emblematic knife. Out of that commaon remark, came the idea of creating Le Thiers®, an emblematic knife, fruit of a collective brainstorming.
Le Thiers® knife today
A line of knives sharing a common design and sharing the Guild lineage of their interpreters, 45 knifemakers, plis 11 Fellow Craftmen within te Thiers trade area, all members of the Thiers Cutlers’Guild.
Le Thiers®: a basic pattern
Le Thiers® pattern is both modern and timeless: a double wavy design with inverted lines at both ends of its handle.
Le Thiers® Gentleman
Le Thiers®Gentleman by Fontenille Pataud offers a good balance between the blade and the handle thanks to its special forged spring. A groove into the back of the spring allows the blade to fold in. Le Thiers®Gentleman by Fontenille Pataud provides a secure locking blade, a smooth mechanism and a solid blade stop to keep a long edge to your blade.
Do your know our team? We take great pride in our work. Our knives are handcrafted in Thiers, France. Thiers has been the hub of French cutlery and knives for more than 600 years. Each knife is crafted by a small team of men and women. These artisans have earned their degree from the oldest cutlery school in Thiers.
This honored tradition is embedded in our business practice. Each year we hire a new apprentice. This young person works three weeks in our firm, then one week at the cutlery school. This process continues for two years, until the degree is earned.
We are glad to present our brand new model « Le Thiers®- Gentleman ».
Le Thiers knife is now available on our website : www.fontenille-pataud.com.
Le Thiers® Gentleman by Fontenille Pataud offers a good balance between the blade and the handle thanks to its special forged spring. A groove into the back of the spring allows the blade to fold in. Le Thiers®Gentleman by Fontenille Pataud provides a secure locking blade, a smooth mechanism and a solid blade stop to keep a long edge to your blade.