What is the history behind folding knives?
The folding pocket knife has its origins around 500 BC with a bone handle. It evolved through civilizations, with the Romans creating a bronze-based friction folding knife. Over the centuries, various models like the Laguiole and Opinel have become renowned.
What makes Morta folding knives unique?
Morta folding knives are gems of French craftsmanship. They feature a precious wood handle, the Morta, sourced from the Brière marshes. These knives come in various sizes and steel types, all crafted with impeccable attention to detail.
How do I choose the right steel for a folding knife?
There are three primary steel types used by Couteaux Morta: carbon steel known for its sharpness, stainless steel for its resilience, and Damascus steel for its unparalleled beauty. Each type offers unique advantages in terms of sharpness, durability, and aesthetics.
What are the different opening mechanisms for folding knives?
Folding knives come with various opening mechanisms, including automatic knives, assisted opening, thumb button, blade hole, ergot, and nail nick. Each mechanism offers a unique opening experience, catering to different user preferences.
How do I ensure the safety of my folding knife?
When choosing a folding knife, consider the locking mechanism for safety and ease of use. Popular mechanisms include liner-lock and lockback, both providing secure blade locking with the liner-lock allowing for easier one-handed operation.
How can I maintain my pocket knife for long-lasting performance?
For stainless steel blades, clean with a damp cloth and soapy water. For Damascus and Raw forge steels, use a soft, dry cloth. The Morta handle, having spent millennia in the Brieronne peat, is perfectly protected and requires minimal maintenance. Regular sharpening is also essential to maintain the knife’s edge.
What are the benefits of leather sheaths for pocket knives?
A well-designed leather sheath offers a convenient and secure way to carry your knife. Couteaux Morta offers ebony black leather sheaths in various orientations, adding elegance while protecting your knife.
Where are Morta knives manufactured?
Morta knives are premium pieces, representing traditional French craftsmanship. They are artisanally made in France, showcasing the excellence of French artisanal traditions.
What is the significance of the Morta wood used in the knife handles?
The Morta wood, sourced from the Brière marshes, is a unique and precious material. Nourished with vegetable oil, it can be further adorned with mammoth ivory inlays, creating a harmonious blend of black and white gold.
How does the Damascus steel range stand out?
Damascus steel is renowned for its moire appearance and distinctive arabesques. Paired with the black shades of Morta, it enhances the artisanal essence of these exceptional knives.
What are the available sizes for Morta folding knives?
Morta folding knives vary in size, ranging from 16 cm to 24.4 cm when opened, which translates to 9 to 13.5 cm when folded. This variety ensures that users can find a knife that suits their specific needs.
How do Morta folding knives fit into the tradition of French cutlery?
Morta folding knives embody the rich tradition of French cutlery. By combining traditional craftsmanship with quality materials like Morta wood and various steel types, they offer knives that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.