Before the development of the Laguiole knife in the 1830s, the Capuchadou was the everyday knife of the shepherds and farmers of the Auvergne and Aubrac regions of France. A letter written in 1890 by the mayor of Laguiole stated that the Capuchadou was well liked “because of its convenience.” Made of thick steel, the Capuchadou had a fixed blade and a long drawn point. Fontenille Pataud, makers of fine cutlery, have reissued an interpretation of this rural knife, adorned with handsome juniper wood scales and featuring a shamrock in place of the Laguiole signature bee. Overall length: 6¾". Blade: 3". Imported.
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Review 1 for Le Capuchadou Knife
Nice in most every way,
June 25, 2015
from Southeast USA
"The example I received had some nice burl and grain figuring, a delightful Juniper aroma, semi detailed hand file work on the back spring, and a non jeweled forged clover at the pivot end. This example is not perfect but rather shows the variances often found in a hand made bench knife adding a bit of character and old world charm. I do not believe the indicated retail pricing (before the sale price) applies to this entry level Capuchadou version but rather does apply to the higher level offerings available in this same basic model from this maker. That said, after all the discounts were applied it was available for less than other seller's pricing for the same grade and brand of knife. The leather pouch is not fancy but nice enough for this entry level version and allows the large handle butt end to be seen while pouched. I really like this interpretation of the classic Laguiole style in general due to the hefty yet 3-D tapering handle girth. There is no file work on the liners or the blade spine. The blade steel is premium Sandvik stainless from Sweden and this knife arrived very sharp (yet could benefit from a finishing hone or stropping). All in all, a bit of old world charm in a varied but correct interpretation from a reputable maker IN the region that exudes warmth and charm. I look forward to using it for picnicking or for wine tasting paired fare (baguettes, fruit, cheese, charcuterie, etc.), however, it is strong enough for much more demanding tasks. Although not a locking blade design, the spring action is quite firm for a slip joint...as firm as I have felt to date; the action is still very precise and arrive correctly centered to the scale liners. Of the many versions and makers of this genre, I believe this is particular iteration is a good choice. It is the only one I have ever seen and handled personally. It has continued to grow on me more and more and I sometimes take it out to admire and handle when no real task is involved. One might also enjoy reading about Juniper wood in general to understand and appreciate this choice of natural scale material. As I turn the handle in different positions under the light there is a more than moderate levels of variance in grain depth, color, burl radiance, and glowing. And then there is the fragrance....."