Nice and practical: Auvergne - Yssingeaux Horn red
The Yssingeaux from Auvergne has a long tradition dating back to the 18th century. It was the inspiration for France's later most famous pocket knife, Laguiole, but also for Roquefort and Saint-Martin.
In the 18th century, it was the knife of choice of the rural population and of traveling merchants. The routiers carried it on their way to Spain, where the usefulness of this classic was also recognized. In the 19th century, the Yssingeaux fell into oblivion and was replaced by new types of knives. Today it is again produced by various blacksmiths, as in Thiers / Auvergne.
This version of the traditional knife features a domed handle made of exquisite reddish horn. Brass rivets hold it to the boards, the distinctive shape is completed by the rounded Bec-de-Corbin (Raven's beak) as a conclusion. Typical feature is the Bourbonnais blade with the centered tip, its shape was modeled on that of the sage leaf. The blade of 12C27 stainless steel carries the hallmark of Au Nain with the dwarf. Au Nain is the jewelers in the small town, for centuries the haven of high French knife art.