France has produced some of the most elegant and creative antique knives that the world has ever seen. Cutlery products from Theirs, Châtellerault, Paris and other French locations rival those from more recognized old European centers like Solingen, Germany and Sheffield, England.
The knives featured here represent but a small sample of French knives with exotic features that can be characterized as “quality appointments and artistry” meant to satisfy the maker’s creative instincts and tantalize prospective clients. These knives date from the 19th century plus or minus a few years, are beautiful to look at and exciting to operate. At the same time, little direct information is known of the makers and the history of the knives.
This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of Knife Magazine. Online Premium Members can view the complete article by clicking the blue box below: