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Continuously, let’s say ! Like its fixed counterparts, the folding knife also serves as a kitchen knife, a table knife or an outdoor knife. The large models are useful for hunting or camping. Go into survival mode with the XL Morta knives, worthy of the best armouries, thereby meeting the challenges of dry sausage, bread and other picnic battalions. As French artisanal knives directly native to the Brière region, Morta folding knives will make you the representatives of a living heritage. Because yes, after a sleep of 5,000 years, Morta wood has come back to life.
Coming from the range of traditional knives, the folding knife has many advantages. It is compact and easy to fit in your pocket, hiking backpack or picnic basket filled with delicious lunches. Its excellent grip is comfortable and practical. Whether out hunting, fishing or walking in the forest, draw your folding knife in a flash. More stay-at-home ? No problem, folding knives are indiscriminately useful for doing odd jobs around the house, cooking and gardening.
Only 10 to 20% of a Morta trunk is usable. Working only on the most beautiful materials guarantees excellent quality. The same is true for the steel. Morta Knives only select the best steels to ensure the blade’s strength. Sandvik, Damascus or carbon steel all have between 59 and 61 HRC Rockwell hardness. Professional cutlers perform each stage by hand: forging, hammering, patinating, checkering. An ancestral traditional know-how that is the pride of Atelier JHP and all Brière.
The folding pocket knife appeared about 500 BCE with a bone handle. The oldest one was discovered in Hallstaff, Austria. Then the Romans made the friction folding knife from bronze, which they used as a multifunctional tool. Just pressing it with the thumb kept it open. The Vikings preferred knives with a fastener and latch, although the friction folding model remained widespread.
Much later, 17th century soldiers now fought with the Gully knife, perhaps for its evocative name: the knife with a pistol handle. Peasants and workers armed themselves with a less expensive tool, the Penny knife, made in Sheffield, England. The year 1660 marked the arrival of the notched penknife. Many models then followed. Butterfly or ‘balisong’ knife, Japanese Higonokami knife, Defender, Stiletto, Spyderco, Linerlock, Laguiole or Opinel pocket knives remain the most well-known.
Did you know ? The principle of the Swiss army knife dates back to antiquity. The Romans fitted it with a spoon, fork, tip, a spatula and a pick.
These small gems of French craftsmanship come in several models, classified by size and type of steel. Their common denominator ? The handle in precious Morta oakwood from the Brière marshes. Treated with vegetable oil, it can be enhanced on request with mammoth ivory inlays for a perfect blend of black and white gold. Want some colour? Opt for a blue border in vulcanized fibre. Their length ranges from 16 cm to 24.4 cm (knife open, i.e. 9 to 13.5 cm folded).
All are made at Atelier JHP in Saint-André-des-Eaux. Too far for you ? You’ll find all our products (fixed and folding knives) and accessories (cases, goodies) on our e-store. Along with prices and delivery charges (France or abroad).
Looking for an exceptional gift ? Have the lucky owner’s first name engraved, 4 typefaces are available for a unique customized knife.
The stainless steel makes this line multifunctional. Tides, winds and storms will not stop it. In a kitchen or on a walk, this knife does the job wherever it goes.
The Mini Solid Morta knife, one of the smallest pieces of the Morta Knives collection. It only measures 9 cm when folded. It follows you everywhere, in your pocket or in its case attached to your belt.
The Solid Morta knife is simple and efficient, tackling slightly more challenging tasks thanks to its 11-cm long blade.
The XL Solid Morta knife, eldest of the Solid series, pays tribute to the large folding hunting knives of old from Thiers in the mid-twentieth century.
Sandvik carbon steel gives this knife robustness, purity and authenticity. Worthy of the local heritage it represents, it draws all its strength of character from the Morta wood.
The Mini Morta knife As-Forged slips in everywhere. Hiking, hunting parties or weekend scouting, it adapts and never complains.
The Solid Morta As-Forged knife aims higher and tackles rather larger game. Rosette sausage or cèpe mushrooms, it makes no difference. They will all feel its cut.
The Solid Morta As-Forged knife does not fool around, we’re entering the big league. Can you handle it ?
Want something between old-fashioned beauty and a combination of wood and steel? Would you prefer them neutral or customized ?
The Mini Damascus Morta knife is fearless. It proudly bears the colours of Brière and Damascus.
The Solid Damascus Morta knife, unperturbed in all circumstances, is only matched by the many occasions to use it.
The XL Solid Damascus Morta knife blends the all-natural marks of nobility. The big brother of the collection, it balks at nothing. Can you handle it ?
At Morta Knives, carbon steel (90mcv8) has 60 HRC Rockwell hardness, in other words, it is very high quality. The excellence of its cutting edge fits perfectly with the nobility of the Morta comprising its handle. You’ll find it in the As-Forged product lines.
A steel highly valued for its easy maintenance, the quality of its cut suits all cooking professionals. It is especially popular for outdoor or aquatic activities. Morta Knives chooses one of the best steel makers for its ‘Solid’ models: Sandvik (14c28n) for its 59 HRC Rockwell hardness.
Resulting from powder metallurgy technology, its marbled appearance makes it stand out from all others. Its typical arabesques give it as strong a character as Brière gives to Morta. Morta’s black shades combined with those of the Damascus steel reinforce the artisanal soul of these exceptional knives.
They open by simply pressing a button on the handle. If the blade ejects forwards, it’s called OTF (Out The Front).
Otherwise called semi-automatic, this system requires manual aid to eject the blade.
Logically, this process consists of a button (stud) placed on the blade so the thumb can press it. It can be on either side of the blade for left or right-handed users, or on both sides. So it can suit any user.
As the name suggests, a hole (or opening) in the blade allows the thumb to catch and control it.
The blade protrudes from the handle when the knife is closed. The thumb activates this little lug to release it.
It consists of a small notch into which you insert your thumbnail to release the blade. This is precisely the system you’ll find on Atelier JHP’s creations. The pride of local regional artisans.
Please note that a folding knife may combine several opening mechanisms.
The blade has been released, great ! Now it’s better to secure the opening mechanism using a locking system. There are several processes.
The liner-lock lets a plate block the blade by pressing on its heel.
The frame-lock uses the whole handle to immobilize the blade.
The back-lock is based on pressing the pump at the back to activate the blocking rod. Conversely, the front-lock pump is located at the front.
The locking collar, consisting of a fixed and sliding part, is placed between the handle and the blade to lock the latter.
The Piedmontese (or Vernantin) system has the end piece at the heel of the blade.
The slip-joint uses a spring that presses on the heel of the blade.
Although the folding knife is easier to handle, it is still advisable to keep it in a case. It’s a way to protect it from environmental factors. We offer straight horizontal and vertical cases in ebony black leather.
Detail: it gives you a very nice, slightly adventurous look that you can reinforce with a neck warmer. To set off on a hike or picnic, slide your Morta mug or belongings into the Tote Bag bearing the Atelier JHP effigy.
The sheath is made for fixed blade knives. In the kitchen, on the workbench, in a cupboard or drawer, it avoids any unpleasant encounter between your hand and the blade. Like any sharp object, it requires a minimum of safety. Morta Knives has opted to offer the sheath in leather for a natural, traditional look. Let’s stick to noble materials.
Sheaths and cases stamped with the Atelier JHP logo have an especially chic and authentic character.
Respect for materials prevails. For instance, you can clean stainless steel blades with a damp cloth and soapy water. For Damascus and As-Forged steels, we recommend using a soft, dry cloth. The Morta handle does not like humidity. It has been carefully oiled in the workshop so it is fully protected.
Remember that Morta wood has spent five millennia under Brière peat. It can’t wait to remain dry. The ivory or vulcanized fibre, like all natural materials (horn, etc.), reacts in the same way. Gentleness above all.
Clean the gaps thoroughly. Dirt and dust can get into your knife’s opening or locking mechanism.
Like its peers, the folding knife is sharpened with a sharpening steel or whetstone. Your cutler suggests the sharpening stone in the e-store.
Other accessories await you: mug, neck warmer, etc.
Morta knives are top quality items, traditional artisanal know-how. Made in France, please !