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Société Nouvelle Fontenille Pataud

8 avenue Ernest Grange
63300 Thiers

Sale to private individuals and professionals

Since it was founded nearly a century ago, Fontenille Pataud has been manufacturing quality upmarket cutlery.

This company previously specialising in table knives and cutlery decided to take full advantage of its expertise in precious materials (rare types of wood, horn, fossil materials, etc.) and for the past 25 years has turned to the manufacture of regional folding knives, rapidly becoming one of the leading producers on this market. The company has earned a reputation for its distinctively-shaped "Laguiole" and other pocket-knives, with Le Thiers®


Each knife is treated as a precision mechanism and Fontenille Pataud has innovated by proposing knives with an assisted locking and opening system. A further innovation adopted is the use of new alloys, including damask steel from powder metallurgy, as well as regular collaboration with some Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (Best Craftworkers of France).


The Gilles® knives manufactured by the company are sold in France and abroad on its own website and through a network of approved shops.