The Nontron knife shares the name of the French village of its birth located in the Dordogne department. This knife's history is filled with so many legends that it is difficult to date its exact origin; however, most experts agree that the Nontron knife is the oldest French folding knife dating back to the 13th century. Today, the cutlery that bears its name since 1928 produces handmade knives using ancestral methods. The procedures used to conceive todays' Nontron pocket knives are nearly the same since the fifteenth century.
Fact: The Nontron shop is the oldest continuously operating cutlery in France.
❖ ABOUT THIS KNIFE ❖
Handle material: Ebony harvested in Gabon, Africa. Ebony is the darkest wood in the world and one of the few that does not float.
Handle type: Ball handle. Highly ergonomic, this ancestral design prevents hand slippage and provides a safe resting area for the blade's tip.
Safety ring: This knife features a simple brass locking ring to keep the knife's blade locked while open. Safety evolution: Early Nontron knives did not have a locking mechanism; the blade was simply held open by the wood's pressure. The first locking device was composed of a simple hole and a nail. Today's brass locking ring was introduced during the 19th century.
Open size: 21.5 cm (8.45") Blade Size: 9.2 cm (3.62") Blade Type: Drop-point Bade: Forged T12 alloy Handle Size: 12.2 cm (4.80") Weight: ~ 50 grams (1.7 oz.)