Vintage and antique French knives

France has always had fine knife makers. The Laguile folding knife is perhaps the most famous of them. The knives on this page have all been made in France. Currently many of the new knives bearing the name Laguile are Asian imports as the name has not been protected. The village of  Laguile still produces a few of these knives and the other main centre is Thiers where for centuries a number of artisans have been producing these knives. All the knives on these page are made in France. French pocket knives frequently have a spike as an attachment and this was originally used for farming activities such removing stones from horses hooves. France is still pretty much a rural country and it’s pocket knives evolved for farming and other artisan tasks. These French antique knives can be a fraction of the cost of comparable French made new knives.

Because these French made folding knives are one off items we do not link them to a shopping cart. Simply email us with details of the item you are interested in and we will send you an online invoice for secure payment by paypal. Alternatively you can give us a ring on 01474 879923

French antique knife

French folding knife circa 1900 with two blades. No makers marks. With decorative embellishments on both sides of the scales. it has an ornate owners monogram on one side. Overall length with both blades extended seven inches. Stock number 969.

Price 85


We have a fine range of traditional gentleman’s folding knives and pocket knives on our other web site The range encompasses a wide variety of blade types with different materials for the scales.

Laguiole Massoptier folding knife

Laguiole Massoptier folding knife single blade. All these knives are quality items handmade in France. Overall length open seven and quarter inches. We gift box all our folding knives and the stated price includes UK postage. Stock number 953

Prive 90

Laguiole Extra G
Laguiole Extra 3 piece folding knife with hand file work

This is a Laguile Extra folding knife by G. David. It’s a three piece knife with the spike not being shown in the picture. Somebody has stored it for years in the original box and it has hand file work as shown on the spring back. It’s overall length open is eight inches. A superior knife of a high quality. Stock number 951. SOLD

Price 130

Ice cream knife 2

Antique ice cream or patisserie knife. Silver handle with steel blade with residual gold coloured coating. Made in Paris pre 1900 and stamped on the rear AM. Tallois oreevre Paris. Tallois was a celebrated gold and silversmith. Stock number 546

Price 135

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Laguiole Rossignol folding knife with fine hand file work

This is a typical Laguile folding knife. One blade and piercer. Fine quality hand file work on the spring back and traditional bee over the bolster end. Made by Rossignol in France. Open it’s nine and half inches long. The grips look like rosewood. It’s marked on the blade Languile Rossignol with the umbrella and bird logos. Stock number 950. SOLD

Price 120

Folding knife in the shape of a pig

French folding knife in the shape of a pig. The knife is in good order. CG mark for Gonan Chassangu, Thiers, France. 19th century knife. The body is two and three quarter inches long. Stock number 969. SOLD

Price 95

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Knives reflect the passing of time and changes in society. They mirror they changing needs of a Country and technological change. Many examples are very rare simply because the better the knife the more it was used and that makes the hunt for particular examples all the more exciting. View our knives by clicking on the image above.


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