French Traditional Knife "Photo and Info" Thread

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Slider817, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. supratentorial

    supratentorial

    Dec 19, 2006
    The two brands are different in both the design and construction of their knives and their history. Although Nontron has been around for longer than Opinel and eventually merged with Laguiole it has remained a small operation with only a few artisans making knives by hand (video below). Nontron has a rich history. If you only have an Opinel, you'll be fine --both brands make great knives. But I don't think a collection of French knives is complete without atleast one boxwood Nontron that's marked with the mysterious pyroglyph. Edit: By the way I don't have one yet! :eek:


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    Last edited: Jul 8, 2011
  2. supratentorial

    supratentorial

    Dec 19, 2006
    Opinel Kitchen Knife
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  3. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker

    Aug 18, 2008
    My humble but useful Opinels #7 and #8. I haven't been dedicated enough to try a Laguiole yet, but it has gone a round in my head some....
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  4. A.W.U.K.

    A.W.U.K.

    Sep 27, 2002
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    I bought this from a knife shop in Soissons :)
     
  5. tomsch

    tomsch Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2004
    I have two of these small kitchen knives. We use them for slicing just about anything. Easy to sharpen and the blade shape is a great utility knife.


     
  6. fotobaerchi

    fotobaerchi

    129
    Apr 3, 2011
  7. TwoDogs

    TwoDogs

    492
    Oct 9, 2008
    Hello all, my mother just returned from France and being the awesome mother she is she brought me back an older used (my favorite kind) Laguiole with nice worn horn handles. It also has some great filework, hope to post a pic but not near a pc for a few days. I have never owned one before but am growing quite fond of it, feels good in the hand, and has great steel too. Would love to see pics of any others you folks may have. Also had a question do they all have a very slight wobble in the open position this one has a VERY slight one no side to side wobble just forward and back. Doesn't affect the performance at all though. Thanks!
     
  8. supratentorial

    supratentorial

    Dec 19, 2006
    French dynamite knife

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  9. MarkPinTx

    MarkPinTx

    801
    Aug 21, 2003
    For making blasting cap holes? And crimping fuses in the caps? Veeeeerrrry cool!
     
  10. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    Among the best knives in the world, and my favorite, Opinel.

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    Something a little fancier but not as well made (yes, the blade slams on the backspring), this one from Laguiole, Pradel-Brossard.

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  11. supratentorial

    supratentorial

    Dec 19, 2006
    Thank you, Mark. :)
     
  12. TwoDogs

    TwoDogs

    492
    Oct 9, 2008
    Hello, some great looking knives here! Sorry I can't post a pic of mine still not around a pc but was wondering if you might be able to tell me a little about mine based on a description. It is stamped on the blade with what looks like a Dutch wooden shoe or similar and to the right of that it is stamped Veritable over Laguiole. It has some nice file work on the spine and a bee design up top with a small cross at the very end of what I guess is the bee's head. It has worn horn handles. The steel sharpens very well and appears to be carbon. Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
     
  13. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    Laguiole is a town in France, and veritable simply means genuine or authentic. Traditionally the bee is a symbol associated with the town, although the exact reason is unknown. The cross is also commonly found on the backspring designs as well.
    As to your particular knife's maker and tang stamp, a Dutch-like shoe, I haven't seen one like that.
     
  14. TwoDogs

    TwoDogs

    492
    Oct 9, 2008
    Thank you very much!
     

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