The ALPIN [al.pɛ̃] was born in Savoy, western Alpes of France. There this pocketknife is also called "Le MONTAGNARD" or "Le SAVOYARD". Traditionally it is made with a front ... know more
The ALPIN [al.pɛ̃] was born in Savoy, western Alpes of France. There this pocketknife is also called "Le MONTAGNARD" or "Le SAVOYARD". Traditionally it is made with a front bolster and a wide Yatagan blade. It is a knife perfectly suited to the needs of life on the alpage with cows, cheese production or forestry work, or simply for cooking, dining and the casse-croûte.
The two-time Meilleur Ouvrier de France (best artisan of France) Robert Beillonnet re-designed the ALPIN for PassionFrance®. Its modern version is aimed at demanding enthusiasts who want a versatile and functional knife that is also a beautiful and rewarding object in urban ambience. Thus, RB has chosen to dispense with the front bolster and made it “plein manche”, which makes it more delicate to manufacture while giving it an extra touch of elegance. In its design, faithful to the bon-vivant that it is, it has brought generosity to it by optimizing its proportions and accentuating the back of the knife, for the benefit of remarkable ergonomics. From a technical point of view, in order to protect the edge of the blade by preventing it from touching the spring, he installed a fixed stop on which the blade comes to rest without touching the spring.
We produce this knife in our atelier in Thiers with care and offer it now in two lengths of handle, 11cm for the standard version and a small size of 9cm. In addition to the emblem of PassionFrance, the Coq, it discreetly presents on its ricasso the initials RB of its famous creator.
- Blades: optionally Sandvik 14C28, carbon steel XC75, high-performance steel RWL34
- Decorations: optionally with non-decorated springk, with decorated spring or with decorated liners
- different handle materials
- Custom models (mammoth / damascus blades) on request.
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