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The Nontronnaise Cutlery

The origins of French knives

Welcome to the Nontronnaise cutlery

The Nontronnaise Cutlery is a major player in the landscape of French regional knives, thanks to its ancestral know-how.

The Nontron knife is considered the ancestor of all French knives, dating back to at least the 15th century. It is renowned for its unique design, inspired by imagined shapes and a distinctive pyrographed mark.

The pyrographed "flies" are symbols still not well understood, which are composed of inverted Vs framed by dots. We still wonder about their origin, it could be religious symbols or a reference to the compasses of the Compagnons du Devoir. For more than a century, these symbols have intrigued. They started to appear at the same time as the "sabot" shape of the handle and are now present on all models of Nontron boxwood knives, whether for pocket knives or table knives.

La Coutellerie Nontronnaise, while preserving its traditions, has been able to adapt by soliciting the services of renowned designers to innovate and modernize their flagship product. The cutlers, heirs to this long tradition, continue to handcraft these knives with the same gestures as their predecessors.

Visitors can also discover the artisanal production of these knives by visiting the workshop located near the heart of the city.


Tariff details

Free visit of the workshop

Dates and Times

Open all year long from Monday to Friday 9am-12pm and 1:30pm-5:30pm.

Workshop closed on weekends and holidays.

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Coutellerie Nontronnaise Place Paul Bert 24300 NONTRON


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