Golden rule : Beware if the following documents are not shown on a merchant website where it is sold. At least they should be able to show it upon your request.
We offer a wide variety of handles. Because we do offer tortoise and ivory, we want to assure our customers that the materials we use are not illegal. Current opinion has it that ivory has been banned from trade use. This is NOT the case. The ivory trade is strictly monitored and we work with equally strict guidelines. It is indeed forbidden to import "new" ivory but it is legal to use (under strict conditions) "authorized" ivory. By that we mean ivory imported into France before 1976, that is to say before the Washington Convention that banned all trade in ivory came into force (CITES).
The ivory we use is either taken from old stock dating back from the 1920s, when our original company first began making fine cutlery or from tusks bought at auctions. Our purchasing of tusks is fully compliant with the law prohibiting the import of new ivory into France after 1973. Our customers may want to check below our licenses and certificates delivered by the Minister of the Environment authorizing us to make such purchases. Tortoiseshell is subject to the same conditions. French customs reviews practices and procedures on a regular basis.
We have nothing but respect for the animals that provide us the material for our handles. We pay them a tribute by creating handles of the finest quality. We are as well the ONLY website that offers proof of compliance with the law.