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Share your French traditional/regional pocket knives

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Stich2442, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    This reminds me people talking about oil leaking English bikes. My answer is always the same : treat them as they are intended to...
    If you show a knife to anybody in France, knife nut or not, you'll never see him/her snapping a knife closed.
    W&T is a strictly American concept, that's why now some French makers use kicks, as I already explained elsewhere, not because they have too many returns because of chipped blades, but simply as a commercial act to give some markets some peace of mind. Please just remind that the slip joint has been invented in France during the Renaissance...
     
  2. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    After seeing it in my compact, this is why I gently close my full size Compagnon. I didn't have to learn that lesson twice.
     
  3. cheesemaster

    cheesemaster

    95
    Jun 29, 2012
    I got kind of into the French thing last summer:
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  4. A. Pradel

    A. Pradel

    25
    May 17, 2019
    Beautiful scales on Roquefort look like curly arctic Birch......have put together many Finnish Puukkos over the years
     
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  5. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    It isn't like you never get an American or German knife with a flat spot from the spring, either.
     
  6. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    An older thread revived, just in time ;) as this one is now in the G2 household.

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    and as mentioned, the lack of a 'kick' as most US made ones have the French are more into stream line approach and so you can get the problem of the blade striking the back spring if you happen to let it shut under it's own power. This one was no exception, as the tip area would get a flat spot from that, even if closed slowly. SO, I took my dremel with a hefty cut off blade and ground down a channel along the end of the back spring and now there should be adequate clearance, but I still close the blade by hand, slowly. The French folders I have owned, mostly by the family Chambriard out of Thier's France, have what I call a reverse kick, a bump up along the inside of the back spring, so that in effect should help keep the blades edge from striking the back spring. But the powerful force of the spring closing the blade often can defeat that small bump and you get a flat spot on your edge. So go slow when closing, and don't let others close it for you!

    Also this past week I had this pretty folder in for an edge tune up;

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    And there is a NEW mid lock folder by Chambriard that I want to get, only two things stand in my way, one...money (always seems like an issue ;) ) second, my normal US source for Chambriard folders is closing shop and I am not sure about how to go about ordering from overseas, in fact that does concern me to even try to do that, so I will have to wait until someone gets one and grows tired and decides to sell it and hopefully I can be at the ready to get it and have funds at the same time, a perfect storm kinda thing ;)

    So I doubt that will happen in my lifetime :(

    Here's a nice review of that new Chambriard folder;



    G2
     
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  7. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Gary - Thought I might see Le Garonnais here - very nice and yes that one snaps open and closed with authority - some might say - with a strong attitude. ;) Glad you have softened the landing. Le Capuchadou another beauty. This one does have the "reverse kick" built-in doesn't it?

    As for the lovely little Mi-Jo- those are selling for around $ 165.00 +S&H - very nice little lock back but not an impulse buy. Looking forward to seeing yours :D

    Ray
     
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  8. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    I don’t know if yours does but you can update us tomorrow when she arrives at your house
    G2
     
  9. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    African Warthog IMG_2879.jpeg
     
  10. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
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    Yes - Le Capuchadou does have an incorporated stop. Good thing because it snaps hard if you let it. I try not to but sometimes it gets away from me. ;)

    Ray
     
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  11. A. Pradel

    A. Pradel

    25
    May 17, 2019
    https://i.imgur.com/V5Y4TS1.jpg

    Good morning from the pacific time zone! Those cognicenti out there, particularly Jolipapa, would you take a look at this imgur photo of a French regional knife. I don’t know if it’s a Capucin, a Jambette, Bonnet or neither ?
    Thank you
     
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  12. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    NOne of these patents, I need to ask, because I never saw the like. :oops:
     
  13. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    An interesting item but looks much more like a Spanish style knife to my old eye;)
     
  14. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    It does say Sabatier on it. But maybe Sabatier is like Pradel in not being a company anymore.
     
  15. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Exactly, there are lots of Sabatier, different with Pradel who exists no more (as a cutler firm). One thing is sure, this is an old knife.
    No, rather German. The nearest I found is an Hungarian patent, name Groszi Maskara, Grosz meaning the Austrian town Graz.
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  16. A. Pradel

    A. Pradel

    25
    May 17, 2019
    Sabatier Perrier K
    It’s on its way to my house right now. Thanks for taking a look
     
  17. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Looking forward to seeing more of it.
     
  18. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    A friend explained this afternoon that it is very easy to make a bevel on a blade and I guess this one had such a treatment, the nail nick seems very close to the edge.
    Few knives are buit with external washers., like the yatagan basque or the Agenais (below).
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  19. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Your knife is an Albigeois, a very rare pattern created by the Cabaziès family of Albi for the local peasants around 1800 and deleted around 1880. Albi is a lovely little town, famous for Toulouse-Lautrec and Lapérouse and the "red" cathedral.
    You can find a pre-WWI Sabatier K catalog here but the pattern and Perrier have already been deleted.
    Today I learned something! :)
    Albigeois.jpg

    Since late there's again an Albigeois (made in Graulhet ) but the pattern looks a bit clumsy and has not retained the original 's simpleness.
     
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  20. lucky22

    lucky22

    142
    Feb 27, 2012

    I can help facilitate sending European knives to the states if you ever want to. Shipping isn’t too much from the UK.
     
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