The Pradel by Fontenille Pataud: our new interpretation of the famous knife popular in the West of France at the beginning of the 20th century. Inspired by the historical model, we imagined a sober and modern knife. Its discreet lock-back system will allow you to use this folding knife in total safety. The Pradel by Fontenille Pataud, like its ancestor, will be discreet in your pocket but effective in everyday use. We hope you will enjoy using it as much as we enjoyed creating this French folding knife.
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.
14C28N Stainless steel blade
The beauty of your blade is guarenteed for lifetime. We also offer a 60Hrc hardenned special RWL34 swedish powder stainless steel for those who love knives with a longer sharp edge.
Perfect everyday to carry
With its urban and slim design, the Pradel will very quickly become essential to your day-to-day life.
An original Fontenille Pataud creation, discover our new interpretation of the Pradel, a famous knife from the west of France, but always made in Thiers, the French capital of cutlery. Emblematic knife of the rural world, the Pradel was the indispensable tool of sailors and farmers who appreciated it for its rusticity and efficiency. The particular shape of its handle allowed a good grip while being very thin to remain discrete in the pocket. Initially widespread in Normandy, this knife quickly conquered Brittany and the whole Western France. It was essential for the rural world to be able to bleed an animal, cut or pierce the leather of a strap, scrape a stick to lead the cows, and of course, to accompany meals taken in the field or on the farm.
English inspired, but made in Thiers since the beginning of time, it is difficult to attribute a creator to this historical model because many knife factories in Thiers and its region made this emblematic knife in the early 1900s.
For several generations at Fontenille Pataud, our craftsmen traditionally handcraft exceptional knives, as is customary in the town of Thiers. Each of our knifemakers nurtures the hope of creating, every day and especially for you, a lasting object that will be at your side every day.
The Pradel by Fontenille Pataud is the result of the work of our whole team of qualified and passionate knifemakers. It is only after several months of research and testing that we are proud to offer you this knife and its perfectly integrated lock-back. We hope that you will enjoy using this Pradel as much as we enjoyed creating this French folding knife.
This knife features precision mechanism with a secure lock-back system.
Inspired by the historical model, we imagined a sober and modern Pradel knife. Its discreet lock-back system will allow you to use this folding knife in total safety. We hope you will enjoy using it as much as we enjoyed creating this French knife.
Handle: Stabilized blue poplar burl. A stabilized wood is impregnated with synthetic resin by a special vacuum process. This material offers resin's technical quality and keeps wood's charm.
Blade: Stainless swedish 14C28N steel, 3 mm thick. Hardness: 58-59 Hrc. We also offer a 60Hrc hardenned special RWL34 swedish powder stainless steel for those who love knives with a longer sharp edge.
Size and weight: 11.5 cm folded, 20.5 cm open, approx. 110 grams.
Technical tips: The 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.
Included: Numbered Guarantee certificate, genuine leather pouch. The pouch is an artisan product too, handmade in France.
The Pradel knife: an exclusive creation by Fontenille Pataud.