Sturdy collector's item: Limousin - Tonneau Horn
The Tonneau knife received this name because of the bulbous shape of its handle, remotely reminiscent of the shape of a barrel. Common is also the name "Canot". From Burgundy to the Loire and the Bresse, it has been for generations the usual knives and farmers in the region.
The second name "Canot" (boat or barge) indicates that it was not exclusively a knife for the rural population. The blade geometry with the characteristic, pulled down tip, also called "Stylet" (Schaffußklinge), is typical of maritime knives with some exceptions. The Tonneau also served as a faithful companion for inland navigation on the Loire and other French rivers. It was perfect for woodwork on board to cut ropes or mend torn sails. Preferred materials for the simple but handy handle were natural products such as Horn of Cattle, as well as oak and fruit wood from the idyllic vineyards and gardens of Burgundy.
This interpretation of the Tonneau from Thiers is equipped with handles made of smooth, polished horn in dark natural colors, they are each attached with two rivets. The elongated polished stainless steel jaws on both ends provide a sturdy grip and additionally stabilize the grip of the powerful 12C27 stainless steel blade.