A past rich with tradition, a future defined by quality
In 1995, Gilles began to concentrate its business on the French pocket knife. Popular and diverse, the Laguiole pocket knife has a world-wide audience familiar with the intricacies of material choice and workmanship. Their success became clear as the Gilles® trademark adorned each knife since 1997.
In December 2018, Yann Delarboulas, employed for 6 years at Fontenille Pataud, bought the cutlery with his partner Cécile Dissay.
Cécile Dissay, with 17 years background in the Hermès luxury leather goods, has risen through the ranks to various management positions in this French-style luxury company: workshop manager and trainer in this high-end and excellent field. With its sound technical expertise, high standards and proven team management, Cécile is committed to guaranteeing the high quality level of of Fontenille Pataud products.
Cécile and Yann wish to continue to write the Fontenille Pataud history in the respect of the French cutlery tradition and permanent technical innovation.
Unfortunately, not all knife makers share this view. Whether from abroad or in our own backyard, we witness products with poor quality, inexpensive pricing and arrogant marketing claims (which rarely reflect the truth). But in today's world, this has become common. It is the consumer's choice.
Our choice is quality over quantity. We want -and are- proud of the knives we sell. We offer a wide range of product offerings. Our French regional knives from the Corsican to the folding Laguiole are embraced for their function as well as their form. Collector knives are an extraordinary addition for the most discerning owner. Damascus steel joins with ivory handles, tied with sterling silver wire and held by beautiful bolsters to create a true work of art.
Fontenille-Pataud is the first French knife manufacturer to sell on the world-wide web. In 2000, the French government recognized our firm's achievements and presented an award in small business. We have also been awarded the "Living Heritage" Label.
We participate to international trade shows such as IWA in Nuremberg - Germany. We contract every year with young people (boys or girls) as apprentice as we want. We look forward to working with you ! Thank you for your business.
We are proud of our global customer base. It is a tribute to a world-wide appreciation for the traditional arts and an awareness that true quality and integrity knows no boundaries.