# 4890 / French Stag Folding Knife by Jacques Mongin. 1965-1980

Stag handled hunting folding knife from the renowned French knife maker Jacques Mongin, customised for the Parisian retailer Courty. Made between 1965-1980

Knife handles are curved because made from the solid end of stag horn split or slotted to contain the blade. The tip of the horn covers the point of the blade, the blade having been shaped to fit the natural curve of the horn.

The knife measures 163 mm long closed and is nearly 290 mm long opened.

The blade is plain with a long false edge and features a ring type locking system. Palm spring.  Tang stamped * Forge Main/ JM/ Nogent/ Inox* and stamped across the blade with the retailer’s name *Courty Paris*

Until the end of the 1980s, the signature in an oval was preceded by the words "Forgé Main" which has subsequently and until today been replaced by the words "Fait Main". The blades are now laser cut and no longer shaped in the forge. They are rather more efficient and consistent than before, but "Hand Forged" markings are rarer and more expensive than "Handmade" markings.

The knife is in mint condition. The blade is in full profile and locks up tightly and firmly.

No damage to note to the handles, no dents to the steel parts. Unused

Exquisite detail, the finest materials, flawless craftsmanship, and superlative designs that transcend the best traditions of the Golden Age of French cutlery are all incorporated in the handcrafted knives of Mongin. Located in Biesles (Nogent), France, this small shop of artisans painstakingly create the edged works of art designed by master cutler, Jacques Mongin. The winner of the prestigious MOF (Meilleurs Ouvriers de France - Best Craftsmen of France) award in 1965, Jacques has recently retired, but his son, Daniel Margaux, has taken over and maintains this cutlery icon’s legacy. 

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