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Our Workshop


File work "Guillochage"


Laguiole Knives

All our springs are hand filed and have a blade-stop system. We do not make cheap industrial welded bee springs either

French folding knives

All the bees of our knives are forged (no cheap welded springs at Fontenille Pataud) and filed twice : 1st file work before assembling and 2nd before final quality inspection and checking

Laguiole by Fontenille Pataud

Here is what the final product looks likes

Selection and spare parts work

Handmade French knife

All our blades are finely and carefully polished by a team of skilled workers (with buffalo grinding wheels) to guarantee top quality products. Our trademark Gilles® stands for quality of workmanship and commitment to excellence

buy a Laguiole knife

Bolsters are meticulously filed to guarantee a perfect fit with the knife handle


Drilling carrefully and precisly the forged springs

French folding Laguiole knife


French knife

Drilling the olive wood handle before knife assembling

Selection of handles

Folding knife

All scales are carefully selected to make sure they match as much as possible



How we assemble the handle. From right to left : Rectangular scale with shepherd's cross / outline grinding / first shaping and polishing

Laguiole Making of handles


Individual adjustment of each scales


Table art knife

Rectangular scales are worked on the wheel until getting the desired shape

Assembling & bench working

Laguiole French knife

We take particular care in making perfectly solid knife (no play at all)

Laguiole knife knives

Sharpenning the knife blade


Folding knives



Fontenille Pataud knives : Proudly made in France

 All our knife blades are sharpened by skilled craftsmen. High quality steel and thorough polishing make the blade very sharp and easy to sharpen later on

Heat Treatment

Fontenille Pataud Laguiole knives : Proudly made in France

Blades, springs, corkscrews etc.. are made from various type of steel ; each having its own hardening treatment (oil, water, temperatures)

French knives

Heat treatment process is applied to blades and springs to give them strength and elasticity; then, hardness is checked. Swedish Sandvik stainless 12c27 steel blades are 56 Hrc controlled. Our latest blades, made from RWL 34 special powder stainless steel are hardened to 60Hrc

Engraved spring

All our knives are handmade in our workshop

Personalized engraving on the knife sring

Free Shipping

Take avantage of free shipping on our folding knives range.

Lifetime Guarentee

The quality of our manufacturing enables us to give you a lifetime manufacturer's guarantee.


We shipped our knives worldwide since 1999.

100% Handmade in France

Fontenille Pataud was founded in 1929 and quickly became recognized as a manufacturer of high-end knives.