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Nontron

The Nontron knife is named after the town where it was born. His history is so long and full of legends that it is difficult to date it. However, experts agree that the Nontron knife is the oldest French knife. Guillaume de la Villeneuve already referred to "Pierregord knives" in his "Nomenclature des crieries de Paris" at the beginning of the 13th century. It is possible that this region of southern France produced knives and other sharp tools before the Middle Ages. In fact, all the raw materials were collected in the area, the iron ore, exploited for a long time by the Gauls called Petrocorii (Azat-in-Nontronnais forges, among others) and the numerous traditional boxwood in their models. The leaves hardened near the town in the very cold and pure waters of the Bandiat River. Strabo of Amasea, a contemporary Greek geographer and historian of Julius Caesar and a world traveler, described the Petrocorii as excellent ironworkers. In the 14th century, the St-Palaye glossary reported the writings of poets who paid homage to these cutting tools. At that time, the Parisian "Compagnons du devoir" (good day laborer) used to visit Nontron during their tour of France. It is certainly this reputation for excellence in metalworking that explains why the King of France Charles VII, also called "the Victorious" (crowned by Joan of Arc) would have commissioned the sword from him from the smiths of Nontron. On October 13, 1653, Guillaume Legrand, a master knife maker from Saint Eustache (Paris), married Marie Belleterie and settled in Nontron, the town of his wife, to make Nontron knives. It is in this period that we can find the first writings on the locking system of the blade using the rotating ferrule. Two families appeared in the history of Nontron and will be present for more than a century: the Bernards and the Petits. During the First World War, the knife makers who worked in the Bernard and Petit cutlery factories dedicated themselves to the manufacture of locked knives commissioned by the Ministry of War. 10 years after the end of the First World War, only the Coutellerie Petit survived. It will become the Coutellerie Nontronnaise in 1928. Alphonse Chaperon, a garage mechanic located in Nontron, bought it in 1931. Gérard, his son, was in charge of the firm between 1943 and 1986, the date of the firm's inauguration by the “SARL Bernard Faye”. This company was then bought by Forge de Laguiole in 1992. Since then, Forge de Laguiole's leitmotif has been to preserve know-how in its territory, according to tradition, while looking to the future. On June 21, 2000, the new workshop designed by Luc-Arsène Henry opened its doors. Since then, various designers have lent their talents to the reinterpretation of the oldest French knife. 20 knife makers are still working at the Coutellerie Nontronnaise which was awarded the Living Heritage Company.

Legends about Nontron razors and knives:

Pyrography: these patterns, whose origin and meaning are still unknown, are made of "flies", a kind of inverted V surrounded by 3 points and rows of small points. Are they religious symbols? Is it a reference to the compass of the Compagnons du Devoir (good journeymen)? Today, they decorate all models of boxwood.

Brand: Nontron Model: Bola nº 25 Ebano y Boj
Nontron ball French penknife with mirror polished T12 stainless steel blade. Friction closure system with rotating ferrule lock. Inlaid handle with combined ebony and boxwood.Materials: Blade: T12 stainles steel. Handle: ebony and box wood. Lock System: viro block. Mirror polish blade. Measure..
132.00€
Ex Tax:109.09€
Brand: Nontron Model: 5763
92 mm. T12 stainless steel blade. Tickness: 2,2 mm. Overall: 214 mm. Handles: box wood. Lock System: viro bloc. Weight: 47 grs. Made in France...
59.95€
Ex Tax:49.55€
Brand: Nontron Model: Bola nº 25 Ebano
Nontron ball French penknife with mirror polished T12 stainless steel blade. Friction closure system with rotating ferrule lock. Ebony handle.Materials:Blade: T12 stainles steel.Handle: ebony wood.Lock System: viro block.Mirror polish blade.Measurements:Blade: 92 mm.Overall: 217 mm.Closed: 125 mm.Ti..
65.00€
Ex Tax:53.72€
Brand: Nontron Model: 12118
90 mm. stainless steel blade. Tickness: 2,5 mm. Overall: 207 mm. Handles: box wood. Lock System: ring. Weight: 45 grs. Made in France...
69.95€
Ex Tax:57.81€
Brand: Nontron Model: 1058
92 mm. T12 stainless steel blade. Tickness: 2,2 mm. Overall: 210 mm. Handles: box wood. Lock System: viro bloc. Weight: grs. Made in France...
85.00€
Ex Tax:70.25€
Brand: Nontron Model: 12594
87 mm. T12 stainless steel blade. Tickness: 2 mm. Overall: 210 mm. Handles: box wood. Lock System: viro bloc. Weight: 40 grs. Made in France...
52.00€
Ex Tax:42.98€
Brand: Nontron Model: 1051
56 mm. T12 stainless steel blade. Tickness: 1,5 mm. Overall: 134 mm. Handles: box wood. Lock System: friction. Weight: grs. Made in France...
32.00€
Ex Tax:26.45€
Brand: Nontron Model: 5772
42 mm. T12 stainless steel blade. Tickness: 1,5 mm. Overall: 99 mm. Handles: box wood. Lock System: friction. Weight: 5 grs. Made in France...
29.95€
Ex Tax:24.75€
Brand: Nontron Model: 1052
70 mm. T12 stainless steel blade. Tickness: 1,5 mm. Overall: 159 mm. Handles: box wood. Lock System: friction. Weight: 15 grs. Made in France...
37.00€
Ex Tax:30.58€
Nontron Clog nº 22
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Brand: Nontron Model: 1054
79 mm. T12 stainless steel blade. Tickness: 2 mm. Overall: 187 mm. Handles: box wood. Lock System: viro bloc. Weight: 29 grs. Made in France...
47.00€
Ex Tax:38.84€
Brand: Nontron Model: 1055
80 mm. T12 stainless steel blade. Tickness: 2 mm. Overall: 188 mm. Handles: box wood. Lock System: viro bloc. Weight: 40 grs. Made in France...
57.00€
Ex Tax:47.11€
Brand: Nontron Model: 1057
97 mm. T12 stainless steel blade. Tickness: 2 mm. Overall: 212 mm. Handles: ebony wood. Lock System: viro bloc. Weight: 45 grs. Made in France...
65.00€
Ex Tax:53.72€
Brand: Nontron Model: 5761
100 mm. T12 stainless steel blade. Tickness: mm. Overall: 237 mm. Handles: box wood. Lock System: viro bloc. Weight: 90 grs. Made in France...
79.95€
Ex Tax:66.07€
Brand: Nontron Model: 8272
Knife sheath with belt anchor. Valid for the Clog 22 model from Nontron.If you want it for any other model, contact us...
38.72€
Ex Tax:32.00€
Nontron Funda 25 87225
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Brand: Nontron Model: 8313
Knife sheath with belt anchor. Valid for the Clog 25 model from Nontron.If you want it for any other model, contact us...
38.72€
Ex Tax:32.00€
Brand: Nontron Model: 1056
75 mm. 12c27 stainless steel blade. Tickness: mm. Overall: 177 mm. Closed: 100 mm. Handles: box wood. Lock System: viro bloc. Weight: grs. Made in France...
77.00€
Ex Tax:63.64€
Brand: Nontron Model: 1053
75 mm. 12c27 stainless steel blade. Tickness: mm. Overall: 177 mm. Closed: 100 mm. Handles: box wood. Lock System: viro bloc. Weight: grs. Made in France...
82.00€
Ex Tax:67.77€
Brand: Nontron Model: 5762
73 mm. T12 stainless steel blade. Tickness: mm. Overall: 168 mm. Closed: 100 mm. Handles: box wood. Lock System: viro bloc. Weight: grs. Made in France...
57.00€
Ex Tax:47.11€
Brand: Nontron Model: 12769
82 mm. T12 stainless steel blade. Tickness: 3 mm. Overall: 190 mm. Handles: box wood. Lock System: slip joint. Weight: 75 grs. Stainless bolster. Made in France...
62.00€
Ex Tax:51.24€
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