A tradition since many centuries
The technique of fabricating the knife with a handle of box tree, marked by the well-known logo that separates knives from Nontron with others, has been changed since the 15th century. The original models remain hand-made, with a blade forged into place and a handle of wood, trimmed from the forests of the region and pyrographed with the logo.
The exact origin of the fabrication of the Nontron knife is unknown. It is supposed that the choice of Nontron to manufacture knives started because of the suitable surroundings that contained the elements (minerals, water and forest), needed for this specific craft.
The celebration of the Nontron knife
Visiting the knife factories
The knife factory in Nontron (Rue Carnot 33) is the most pronoun knife factory of Nontron. In the boutique – museum it is possible to, accompanied by a specialist, see all the steps involved by the knife fabrication.
However, the Nontron knife factory is not the only knife factory in Nontron. You can also find the knife factory of Le Périgord in the centre of Nontron (place Alfred Agard). A little smaller though, but with also very nice products and a boutique in Brantôme.