The NONTRON [nɔ̃.tʁɔ̃]) is one of the oldest pocketknives in France. Until the 17th century the town of Nontron in Périgord was one of the most important blacksmithing centers in France ... know more
The NONTRON [nɔ̃.tʁɔ̃]) is one of the oldest pocketknives in France.
Until the 17th century the town of Nontron in Périgord was one of the most important blacksmithing centers in France and the quality of its products enjoyed an excellent reputation. It is said that one of the duties of Parisian cutlers was to complete part of their apprenticeship here. There are therefore numerous legends and stories about the knives, the sword of Charles VII is said to have been forged in Nontron and Henry VI is even said to have been murdered with a NONTRON, which is now kept in the Louvre.
What is certain is that with the Virole, a simple and effective mechanism was invented in Nontron, with the help of which one can easily and effectively fix the blade of the knives. This principle is known to us today mainly from the knives, which are known far beyond the borders of France, which Mr. Opinel took over and further developed in the Savoy in the 19th century.
Traditionally, a NONTRON with a handle is made from the local boxwood, but other hard woods such as ebony are and were also used.
After almost forgetting like many other regional knives, the NONTRON is experiencing a renaissance after the atelier was bought by the Forge de Laguiole. Well-known architects like Gagnère also designed new, more modern interpretations of this old type.
The NONTRON, designed by Olivier Gagnère, was created in the Coutellerie Nontronnaise with an ebony handle and nickel silver virole. It comes with a leather case and a lanyard. The logo on the blade guarantees its authenticity.
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