PIÉMONTAIS-knives represent the oldest type of pocketknives. They consist of three parts, blade, handle and axe without a spring in the back. The blades are handforged of carbon steel. As a sign of their authenticity, they present the emblem of Yannik Epiard on the blade ... more about PIÉMONTAIS
Fact Sheet PIÉMONTAIS 11cm, Couteau à un clous, without spring in the back
Manufacturer Yannik Epiard
Blade: carbon steel
Blade length x width x thickness: 81 x 19 x 2,2mm
Handle walnut wood without bolsters, length: ca. 110mm
Total length open: ca. 190mm
Weight: ca 29g
Never carry a PIÉMONTAIS, MONTPELLIER or CAPUCIN in your pocket without a case, please ! It might be dangeraous. Remember to order a corresponding case with your knife.
In its basic version, a PIÉMONTAIS [pje.mɔ̃.tɛ] consists of only three parts: handle, knife axis and blade. A section in the back of the knife that is supposed to lock the blade in place is completely absent in this earliest type of pocketknife. Instead, a so-called “lentille” is forged at the end of the blade, which, when the knife is open, lies on the back of the handle, preventing the blade from opening any further. Blade shape and "lentille" leave and left the imagination of cutlers a lot of room for creative, individual design.
This PIÉMONTAIS is something special. It is an archaeological find from near a cathedral in London and could be dated to the 13th century with the help of a dendrochronological analysis. It is neatly documented and is in the collection of the MUSEUM OF LONDON. It is a sensation simply because finds from this period are extremely rare. Blades and handles are usually so largely destroyed that an exact reconstruction is not possible. Due to a whim of the soil layers, however, this is a perfectly preserved specimen that allowed an exact reconstruction down to the last detail.
Yannik Epiard made several copies of the PIEMONTAIS for PassionFrance. The blades are made of carbon steel, they are hand-forged and have a rough forged surface in the back and upper area of the blade, which is called "brut de forge" in France. The handles are made of old walnut wood. As a sign of its authenticity, the blade bears the forge's mark of his atelier.
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