Aquitaine knife |
Model n° RBENONT12
Closed size : 10.5 cm
Carbon steel blade
Blade length : 8,5 cm
Blade width : 1.5 cm
The boxwood handle is decorated with patterns in pyrography
Delivered with certificate of origin and guarantee
This is one of the oldest regional French knives.
Originally there was a ball at the end of the handle, but this was replaced in the 19th C by a fishtail, and then by a clog.
This knife is still made in Nontron, by hand, with the same tools, the same hand movements as centuries ago.
The ferrule in brass was adapted in the 19th C to replace the closing system which used a nail.
The handle is in turned boxwood.
The inverted V decoration surrounded by 3 points is somewhat controversial.
Is it of Moorish inspiration or Masonic?
The identity of the Nontron knife was built during the 19th Century. A document dated 1827 (Jomelières foundry) mentions boxwood knives and the crafting of miniature knives fitting in a hazelnut shell (up to 72). Cutlers collect their boxwood in the forests surrounding Nontron, the Charente and the Causse of Quercy.
This folding knife has very specific characteristics:
• a pyro-engraved arc shaped motif surrounded by three dots;
• a blade in the shape of a lance;
• a boxwood handle available in a variety of shapes: clog (asymmetrical), ball or carp's tail shaped, or with a double ferrule;
• a brass locking ferrule.