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Douk Douk

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Thomason, Oct 28, 2006.

  1. Thomason

    Thomason Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2002
    I just had to order a Douk Douk last night. The small one with about a 2 1/2 inch blade. Carbon steel blade, pretty rough as to fit and finish but solid seems to be the most often way they are described. Anyone got one?
  2. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    I've got the small medium and large, I love them. But then I have a thing for funky low tech working knives like Douk-douks, Okapi's, Opinels, Mercator K-55' and sodbusters. I love how they get really scary sharp like an opi, or large sodbuster. Very good blade geometry!

    Mostly I like the medium best, but the large gets carried on picnics and woods walks because it slices up bread and cheese and hard sausage so well.
  3. Gramps


    Nov 17, 2002
    Gotta love those working man's knives !

    Here's some history on the Douk Douk....taken diectly from "Cutler's Cove" website :

  4. Bartleby


    Oct 28, 2005
    Great users with a bit of history (a 1920's design). They are best thought of as sodbusters on a diet. Tough as nails with all steel construction, although I haven't had to fix anything on it, nothing about it that can't be straightened or peened back into service. Good old fashioned carbon steel, tough and easy to resharpen. The darn thing gets a lot of back pocket carry from me on the weekend (often as the knife that saves a pretty knife from damage, just stick in your pocket until that moment when things turn sticky, gunky, or nasty). In short, the Douk is like a sweet tempered wife who can cook-makes you aware of the old saying "pretty is as pretty does" next to the super model knives lounging in the drawer.


    Jan 6, 2004
    You can learn something new every day. Are all the blades shaped like the one in the photo ??? That is a strange shape to my Teutonic eyes.
  6. Gramps


    Nov 17, 2002
    ...great metaphor, Bartleby.

    Here's my Douk Douk story. True. In the mid seventies I was on the night run from Nice to Bordeaux. I managed to get seated in a compartment with a VERY drunk Algerian dock worker who, once he found out I was American, began to let loose a steam of ugly words directed toward me and my country of origin. I took offense. As things got heated the Algerian pulled out a Douk Douk...just as the train's conductor entered the compartment to take tickets. The Algerian then coolly reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a hunk of dried sausage and began to cut off chunks with his Douk and feed his face. Sensing something wasn't quite "right", the conductor briskly grabbed me by my elbow and nearly pulled me from the compartment, escorting me into another train car.......into another compartment....all the while telling me in French and English NOT to move from the car until the train reached Bordeaux; I knew I had just escaped a tight spot. Before and since that incident I have traveled worldwide both with impunity and a sense of ease.

  7. Bartleby


    Oct 28, 2005
    Great story Gramps! I imagine almost any travels after that would be more at ease. Wil, I have seen photos of a more traditional drop point version of the Douk made for sale in the European market with a squirrel on it instead of the witch doctor. I think this version is called "The squirrel" but in French, of course. Don't know if they are being imported here.
  8. sunburst


    Dec 4, 2005
    Incredible story Gramps on the train ride, those are the kind of interesting items that make this board really great...

    On the Douk's I am glad that I am not the only one who had not heard of them, thanks for the enlightenment...

  9. Amos Iron Wolf

    Amos Iron Wolf

    Mar 7, 2006
    An educational place to hang out. I've seen pics of that type before, but didn't know what they were called. Years back I had something similar that had a tiger, or something like that on the side. It was thin and very sharp. I used it as a patch knife with my muzzle loader for a while. Fairly soft steel in it, but it cut and sharpened fine.
  10. Karl5


    May 5, 2006
    Bartleby, the blade shape you see on Thomasons picture is actually the traditional shape for a DoukDouk.
    And the traditional for The Squirrel would be a drop point.
    Re-reading your post, I'm not sure I understood it correctly, so maybe I'm just stating the obvious to you. :eek:
    In which case you can just ignore my comments, of course... :)

    / Karl
  11. Bartleby


    Oct 28, 2005
    Sorry for the confusion. The squirrel is a drop point for French domestic sale with a squirrel on the side. The export models which share the same odd "double dip clip" blade are the Douk Douk (with a witch doctor), Tiki (with a Tiki idol), and the El Baraka (with a geometric design, so as not to have a human image, for Islamic areas). There is also a stainless version out there.
    Amos had a Mercator "cat" knife, there's a big post up on the Bernard Levine forum on these. I ruined one by trying to parkerize the handle after the paint came off. The phosphoric acid melted the plastic spacer/spring retainer. Another valuable life lesson learned.
  12. shecky


    May 3, 2006
    Someone posted this link before showing that there were some interesting variations. One of these days, I'll have to break down and buy me one.
  13. MG_Saldivar


    Feb 5, 2005
    A I W, might you be describing a Mercator 55? I just purchased one a couple of weeks ago after seeing it praised here on BF and I've been VERY impressed. Although I like other 'working' folders like Opinels and Okapis, the Mercator is the first knife I've bought that I would honestly pay twice or three times as much for -- I'll have to get another! :D
  14. stevekt


    Dec 10, 2003
    I also ordered a small Douk Douk just last week. Should be here soon. :thumbup:
  15. pogo


    Jun 8, 2005
    SteveKt...Don't forget to tell us how you like it. I need to get a small version of the Douk Douk but, would like some feedback first. I have the original 4" version & love it as it cuts great!
  16. Amos Iron Wolf

    Amos Iron Wolf

    Mar 7, 2006
    I believe mine was a Mercator, but it was sure a lot cheaper then (late 70s).
  17. rebeltf


    Jan 29, 2005
    So darn tempted to buy one of those................. You guys are killin my wallet. :grumpy:
  18. Sword and Shield

    Sword and Shield

    Apr 3, 2004
    I'm looking for one, but Garrett only has the small and medium. Any ideas on where to find large?
  19. pogo


    Jun 8, 2005
    The large one is a whopper & a Doozie! Szabonic carries em I think. The website has a huge page to download and the Douks are at the bottom...wouldn' ya know it!
  20. VCM3

    VCM3 Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 26, 2005
    Gramps,Thanks for thge history writeup.
    Thomason,Great thread,and Thank You for the Douk Douk,too.

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