gentleman folding, termed *Louvetier* is a wonderful example of the
charter of cutlery dates from May 1771 shows the existence of 50 master cutlers
which signifies that the cutlery industry existed already since a long time.
The manufacture at that time was of swords, large daggers, epees etc. From
medieval times to the early 20th century, and particularly in the 18th and 19th
centuries Chatellerault was a centre of knife-making. The industry ranged from
large well regarded establishments such as Pagé frères to much humbler and
smaller scale cottage manufactories. Chatellerault was famous for its Arms
factory and the folding cutlery industry. When they were short of work the
gunsmith workers used to look for some in the cutlery factories, and it also
worked the other way round. This explains the fact that the production of the
pieces made in Châtellerault were very much turned to an hunting style.
dagger was probably created for hunting purposes but should either be used as
an excellent self-defence knife.
straight, double edged and spare pointed. A nickel silver bolster and pommel
are relief stamped with decorative motif giving a particular elegance to the
assembly. The front bolster with double guard. The blade has a clasp locking
system to avoid accidental closing of the keen edged blade and features a ring
on the locking tab to easily runlock it once opened.
is finished with a beautiful natural and genuine grip. Steel liners.
long when folded and nearly 45 cm long when fully extended.
razor sharp and looks in good shape, some overall pitting to the carbon steel
parts due to time. The knife locks firmly when open with NO side by side
movement and the back spring is strong. No chips or cracks to the