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.
Our specialty: Personalize your knife (first name, initials, date...) with a beautiful engraving of the spring produced by a professional engraver. The engraving is performed before the file work (guillochage) and the heat treatment.
Its solid blade is safely locked while using, thanks to its precision mechanism, in addition this mechanism provides smoothness while using.
Good handle/blade balance
To obtain a good handle/blade balance, a groove is milled in the back of the spring allowing the blade to fold in.
Hand chiseled and forged spring
The bee is solid and forged into the spring. The spring and bee are then hand-chased with a file : This denotes artisan quality, unlike inexpensive mass market products that have welded springs and are machine decorated.
Stainless steel damascus blade
The Damascus steel we’re using is from Damasteel® and the patterns will last the life of the knife.
A paradix gave birth to this knife : Thiers, the Capital of French Cutlery, has a six-century knife experience gained in knife manufacturing. The city manufactured various type of regional knives and products for exports. Among them, le Normand, L'Aurillac, le Laguiole, l'Issoire...still being manaufactured there in Thiers area, their name referring to regions.
Strangely enough, the craftsmen of the Thiers area had never claimed a common identity through an emblematic knife. Out of that common remark, came the idea of creating Le Thiers®, an emblematic knife, fruit of a collective brainstorming.
Le Thiers ® knife is a deposited model at the French National Institute of Industrial Property by the "Couteau de Thiers" brotherhood. This one round up knives lovers, professional and amateur, who want high quality in knives production like say the guild. Each manufacturer must validate is creation and maintain an very high quality level.
This knife is the symbol of several centuries of know-how in the city of Thiers.
In the Fontenille Pataud workshop, our craftsmen traditionally handmade outstanding knives for several generations, as usual in the city of Thiers. Each one of our knifemakers hopes to create especially for you a sustainable product that will become your every day to carry.
We are proud to say that our knives are handed down and offered from generation to generation, such as Le Thiers® with lock-back system, which allows a safe use. Much more than knives, our Le Thiers made in France are true life partners.
This knife features precision mechanism with a secure back-lock. Handcrafted in Thiers-France it is guaranteed by the Coute de Tie, the Guild which certifies authenticity of design. The name “Le Thiers ® Gentleman by Fontenille Pataud” is a tribute to our city of Thiers. Like Solingen in Germany or Sheffield in England, Thiers is since several centuries the hub of the French knives and cutlery industry. 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.
Handle : Juniper burl from southern France.
Blade : Twist and stainless Damascus steel 160 layers. Hardness: 60 Hrc. In order to provide a comfortable balance and a nicer knife, the blade tip folds into a groove which is milled into the spring.
Size and weight : 12 cm folded, 20cm open, approx. 130 grams.
Tecnical tips : The ' Bee 'spring with its lock-back system is made from 3 mm thick stainless steel Z20c13. A solid hardenned bladestop is provided : That helps maintain the edge of the blade. The bee is solid and forged into the spring. The spring and bee are then hand-chased with a file : this denotes artisan quality, unlike inexpensive mass market products that have welded springs and are machine decorated. These details create a unique Le Thiers knife, making each knife one of a kind.
Included : Numbered Guarantee certificate, leather pouch. The pouch is an artisan product too, hand made in France.