«Le SEURRE [sœʁ] ... c’est un couteau énigmatique… The SEURRE is an enigmatic knife». You always got this answer when you asked about the history of this pocketknife ... but today we know more: ... know more
«Le SEURRE [sœʁ] ... c’est un couteau énigmatique… The SEURRE is an enigmatic knife». You always got this answer when you asked about the history of this pocketknife ... but today we know more: Its origins lie in the small town of the same name on the Saône, near the Côte d’Or in Burgundy. Numerous goods were shipped from its port in the barges at the time. Boats called CHALAND, SAPINE, VERGÉE and ROUENNAISE, which were sailed, rowed and grained, which with their flat keels could maneuver between sandbanks even at low water levels and on which the same work on ropes, wood and sailcloth had to be done as on the large sailing ships on the oceans. Incidentally, some of the barges were “one-way ships” that were dismantled and sold at their destination, which in return explains that some old roof structures can be found in Paris that were built from of such ships. We also know today that there was a remarkably active cutlery scene in Seurre in the first half of the 19th century. The most recent research by the historian Lemasson confirms our assumptions that a pocket knife was inevitably built here that suited as well the farmers and winemakers of Burgundy AND the boatmen. A knife that is at home in two worlds, on land and on water ...
The SEURRE was sold in the markets of the Côte d’Or and along the Allier, Loire and Saône. It was last manufactured in the 30s of the 20th century and has since disappeared.
A stroke of luck that we discovered it by chance, another stroke of luck that we won with the two-time "Meilleur ouvrier de France", Robert Beillonnet, one of the best in France who reconstructed it for PassionFrance® in 2014. His interpretation takes into account the changes in the past decades. It is aimed at knife lovers in a modern, urbanized world, at people who appreciate both a versatile knife and an object of particular beauty. As with the originals, its design is also marked by a "plein manche" (without bolsters), which gives it a distinctly elegant touch. And he clarified its lines, which means that small details such as radii of curvature or back bevels “à l‘entablure” are of particular importance. Robert Beillonnet improved the knife constructively, too. The blades of our SEURRE are absolutely free of contact to the spring. They are stopped by their own rivet before touching it and cannot be pressed in, as is the case with the poncetage that is commonly used today.
PassionFrance® produces the SEURRE Design Robert Beillonnet in ist own atelier in Thiers :
- Blades optionally Sandvik 14C28, carbon steel XC75, high-performance steel RWL34, damascus steel
- We use exclusive classic and modern materials for the handles
- All models can be provided with a hole for a lanyard at the end of the handle
- Decorations optionally on liners or the spring
- Custom models
- For professional use, we manufacture knives with carbon fiber handles and RWL34 blades.
As a sign of its authenticity, it shows on the blade our emblem, the Coq.
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