# 4823 / French Couteau Catalan *Martin Freres Perpignan*

The CATALAN knife has an elegant and tapered line and is characterized by a *break* in the shape of the handle which separates the upper part from the lower one consisting of a long butt of conical shape ending with a sort of rattlesnake tail.

The butt is topped with squared horn handles scales with no supporting liners.

Scales are centrally fitted on both sides, with a long brass foil which is engraved en-suite with the bolsters. The upper part is also covered by a thick brass foil enhanced with decorative engravings .

The blade has a sage leaf shape and is marked *Martin Fre.s Perpignan*

It is lock back released and features a large tab which originally housed a ring to easily unlock the blade form the locked open position. 

Blade seems to me to be in full profile with some normal overall pitting. No dents to the metal parts and no loss. No chips or cracks to the horn slab. Minor up and dpwn play in the locked open position

10,5 cm closed – 18,5 cm long open

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