The burl of the Walnut tree has a unique grain and texture and its use as handle scales for this Damask steel knife makes it one of the most aesthetic Laguiole knives of all.

Laguiole Fontenille Pataud, Damask Sport / Walnut Burl

Laguiole Fontenille Pataud, Damask Sport / Walnut Burl

Anything but ordinary – that is how this pocket knife by Fontenille Pataud, the renowned manufacturer of French Laguiole knives, presents itself. The blade is a real head-turner and attracts everybody’s attention. Powder metallurgical stainless Damask steel in rose pattern and with 120 layers provides the attractive design.

The handle is very convincing with its scales made from carefully processed walnut burl. Bolsters using stainless steel and all the trimmings being so typical for Laguiole e.g. the shepherd’s cross, bee and engraving of the knife-back stylishly round off its attractive appearance. The classical back-lock-system securely locks the blade after opening the knife. The knife is delivered in a decorative wooden case.

Knife handle can differ from illustrations

The variation in grain, natural growth and markings left by animals or weathering gives each handle a unique quality. Therefore, the images of our products serve as visual examples; the actual knife you receive may vary slightly in appearance.

Every cutler whose knives are offered through Original-Laguiole fulfills the strictest business regulations of the CITES conference for the protection of species for the use of tropical products in its grip plates.

The product you receive may vary from the products in the images. This is due to the variation in coloring and grain of the different types of wood, horn, etc. We will be happy to send you over WhatsApp or eMail a recent photo of the item in our warehouse!

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  • Handle scales made from Walnut burl
  • Length of blade (cutting edge without ricasso): 80mm
  • Handle length: 104mm
  • Blade: powder metallurgical stainless Damask steel in rose pattern with 120 layers
  • Weight: 200 g
  • Genuine knife by Fontenille Pataud

Handle scales are manufactured from Walnut burl.

Wood from the Walnut tree makes for true beautification but not only this: Being fine-grained, tough and hard, it can be compared to oak wood in terms of its material properties, though it is not as brittle as that but has got a very high flexural strength and - especially under stress – it is virtually shatterproof. Moreover, it hardly shrinks. It is easy to work, but one should pay attention to the fact that certain types of adhesives and metals can discolour Walnut wood.

Of course, the wood of walnut trees has been used from the very earliest times and still is today, however, the tree never became used as timber and was therefore never systematically planted for harvesting as timber. Whoever plants a walnut tree, does so because of its nuts or maybe to protect against flies – and this makes the walnut wood rare and expensive: a true luxury wood. And of course it follows, that on the market not everything that is called walnut wood (or similar) is real, genuine walnut wood. The attractive wood was ’discovered’ as a prestigious material for furniture in the era of the Renaissance in Italy, when people started to ‘rid’ furniture from its carved embellishments in preference to rectangular forms/shapes. ‘Plainer and simpler’ surfaces and architectural elements following the more classical antique example did not only offer space for this, but, moreover, emphasized the beautiful grain of a type of wood.

And this is what the wood of the walnut tree, with its inspiring and contrasting grain against a golden background can undoubtedly offer. With this development, the most popular veneer wood of bourgeois living - at least in England and Germany – was born. It was expensive enough to brag about, but one could obtain it from the reasonably priced domestic production – reasonable in comparison to the temporarily more popular - because of being more expensive - ‘Bois des Indes’. The popularity of this wood continued also in later times when its high demand had to be addressed by complicated and costly deliveries from the south of Europe, the Black Sea and from Virginia. Ever since that time, walnut has remained a favourite amongst the decorative types of wood. But there is still a climax to this luxury wood: Unlike many other trees, the walnut forms a long tap root. Below the ground, the tree retains a lifelong nodular swelling and through this, the root of the walnut tree resembles a beet. This tuber is the object of desire as it supplies the expensive, luxuriously looking walnut burl wood which is often used in the likewise ambiance of luxury. The wood of branches and the trunk wood can already be used to manufacture wonderful, symmetrical veneers and with burl wood, an overwhelming manifestation is afforded!

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