Our know-how

Forging

Le savoir faire de la coutellerie NontronnaiseAll the blades of our Nontron Pocket knives are forged in Forge de Laguiole workshop.

The steel comes from the Acieries de Bonpertuis (Isère - France). We mainly use 3 steels for our blades.

The carbon steel XC75 that can be find in antique knives. This steel is very easy to sharpen, wears away more quickly and rusts if it is not cared for.

The French resistent steel T12®  is richer in chrome. It is harder than carbon steel but less sensitive to oxidation.

These two steels are forged at 1080°C and subjected to successive tempering, and particularly a hard quench oil. These tempers can guarantee exceptional quality of blade.

Then, we use stainless steel for our steak knives.

The carbon damascus steel (140 layers) is made from a forging technique that involves stacking alternating hard steel and a softer steel. These blades are made by the best French blacksmiths.

Sawing

The COUTELLERIE NONTRONNAISE selects the best pieces of wood and contemporary materials (Corian®…).

After at least 4 years spent in the on site drying room , the boxwood branches are cut with a ribbon saw. These squared drafts are then shaped using a special tool. Then, they are adjusted by hand.

We work as much as we can with species of tree from the French countryside (juniper, boxwood and olivewood). The exotic woods used are sourced in respect of guidelines for the protection of endangered species.

Assembly

Assemblage de couteaux à la coutellerie Nontronnaise - Couteau made in france

5 main steps are necessary to assemble a pocket knife (with a total of around 40 steps) with turning ferrule:

  • assembling of the blade
  • riveting of the nail
  • assembling of the turning ferrule
  • fixing of the top disc

Finishing

Two irons are used to wood burn the handles: one for the small stipplings and the other one for the inverted V symbol also called a “fly”. These last ones, the recognisable signs of Nontron knives, are only wood burned on boxwood handles (except on some models such as the n°30 with ball shape and some designed models).

A traditional Nontron pocket knife has 4 lines of stippling and 5 flies.

Once the knife is assembled and woodburned, the knife maker proceeds to the sandpapering, the polishing of the handle, the adjusting of the blade (polishing, centring and tightening) and sharpening.

Quality control

Le contrôle qualité à la coutellerie Nontronnaise - Fabrication de couteau Made in France

After being thoroughly cleaned each knife is inspected one by one.

If a defect is found the knife is systematically sent back to the knife-maker for reconditioning.

Each knife shipped by COUTELLERIE NONTRONNAISE has to meet its quality assurance commitment.