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Nontron, France


Nontron Pocket Knife Violin Desert Ironwood

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 today's Nontron pocket knives have been nearly the same since the fifteenth century.

Handle type: Early 20th-century antique reproduction.
Locking system: Slipjoint. The blade is held in position by a strong "back spring" but is not "locked." Most French traditional pocket knives continue to use this proven system (i.e, Laguiole knives).

Open size: 18.8 cm (7.40")
Blade Size:
 8.2 cm (3.22")
Blade Type: Drop-point
 Forged T12 alloy
Handle Size: 10.6 cm (4.80")