French knives manufacturing
Many people are given their first knife by their father or grandfather. As a traditional gift, often given to a son or daughter, the artisanal pocket knife is an integral part of our culture. Since when ? Let’s see.
The oldest example dates from 500 BCE. With a fixed blade knife, its small size nonetheless resembles a traditional pocket knife. The friction folding models came with the Romans. At the time they created their own version of today’s Swiss army knife. The Viking era popularized the folding knife in a variety of forms : friction, with clasp or latch. These were followed by the famous Gully, Penny knives, the precursors of the Opinel. By 1660 the invention of the spring brought us the famous front lock knife, then the Navaja, henceforth offering a locking system. Then came the hand-forged Japanese knives. At the start of the 20th century, France (Thiers) created more popular models still in vogue today.
At the 25th edition of the international knives of art and tradition exhibition, the regional daily Ouest France titled “the pocket knife is the soul of the regions”.
Thiers opened the way, then came the navette, the kenavo, the Laguiole, the Corentin of Quimper, the Clermont, the Cantal, the London (pronounced French-style), etc. No, these are not the names of cheeses but actually models of regional folding knives specific to each terroir.
Like its counterparts, the Morta knife forms part of a strong cultural legacy. With its handle made from a wood of Brière, it is entirely handcrafted in the workshop in Saint-André-des-Eaux. At the Atelier JHP cutlery, you encounter several professions: prospector of (black) gold of Brière, blacksmith, metal worker, cabinetmaker. The artisan cutlers (men and women) dig, then they extract, etch (guilloche), oil and ship. In short, the traditional know-how is showcased by uniting top quality materials.
What exactly does top-of-the-line mean when discussing knives ? This charming adjective evoking luxury is based on several criteria :
The premium pocket knives from Couteaux Morta are crafted with high-quality materials and exceptional craftsmanship, offering superior performance and lasting durability.
While it’s true that high-end pocket knives often provide better materials, craftsmanship, and performance, it’s essential to consider your specific needs, preferences, and budget when choosing a folding knife.
Evaluate the usage and purpose of your folding knife and determine your budget, considering the exceptional craftsmanship and unique materials offered by Couteau Morta knives.
Damascus steel blades are known for their exceptional strength, edge retention, and unique wavy pattern. They also offer superior corrosion resistance compared to regular stainless steel.
Knives with Damascus steel blades add a historical dimension to your traditional folding knife, transforming the pocket knife into a real little gem.
The Morta handle, made from oak from the Brière marshes, is a distinctive feature of Atelier JHP’s knives.
This noble and unique material adds a touch of elegance and originality to your knife, while ensuring a comfortable grip and long-term durability.
Pocket knives are multifunctional and multitasking. They can be used for a variety of tasks, including cutting and slicing in the kitchen, cleaning and gutting fish, working in the vegetable garden.
They are an essential tool to have in your hiking backpack, offering both safety and functionality.
You can explore and purchase the range of premium pocket knives on the Couteaux Morta website. There you will find all the details about prices, items in stock, delivery times, and charges.
You can also visit the cutlery to discover the local heritage and the love for “made in France”.
Yes, giving or treating yourself to a customized knife is also part of the tradition. Engraving the owner’s initials makes the knife unique and exceptional.
You can choose the letters from four typefaces to add this personal touch to your knife.