Handle Materials for Fontenille Pataud knives
The knives of Fontenille Pataud are available in many versions and made from various materials. The product codes help to define which material it is. All knives start with the code FP (Fontenille Pataud), followed by the series code (T1 for 'Le Thiers', L7 for 'One Hand' etc.). Then comes the code for the material of the scaling. You will find those codes below with a photo.
That code is possibly followed by an additional code for a blade in damask steel: DI4 for 'rose'-damask and DI for 'twist'-damask.
And finally the TG code can be added to indicate it is a Guilloché version, the knife is then decorated with decorative filing on the top edge of the blade.
It is important to imagine that materials like horn and wood have a natural variation. The photos on this page give a good idea of the available options, but all knives are unique. That also makes those knives extra special.
Handle Materials for Fontenille Pataud knives
Warthog, code P
Warthog tooth is an animal material coming from the teeth of the warthog. The color is white but often has a kind of brown drawing. This is coming from the outside edge of the tooth. Warthog tooth is a relatively affordable alternative to real ivory.
White bone, code OS
White cow horn. Looks like ivory, but shows slightly more of a drawing.
Stag horn, code BC
Classic and animal material that is used primarily for hunting knives. On the surface you often see the natural texture of the outside of the horn.
Ram Horn, code BE
Ram horn is an animal material, coming from the horns of a ram. On the surface you often see the natural texture of the outside of the horn.
Mammoth Ivory, code M
Mammoth ivory is won from mammoth tusks. It is thousands of years old and has been long underground. The colour ranges from creamy white to brown. These days, most of the mammoth ivory comes from Siberia. Mammoth ivory is completely legal, mammoths were already extinct before man could kill them for their tusks.
Cow Horn, code PC
Cow horn with code PC is an animal material, extracted from the horn of a cow. It is remarkable that only the tip of the horn is used. This makes the material nicely drawn with brown and grey sweeps.
Buffalo horn, code BB
Rough buffalo horn is an animal material, extracted from the horn of a buffalo. The rough finish is remarkable. This coarse texture occurs naturally on the horn. This makes each handle unique.
Buffalo horn, Silver Wire, code 2PCN
Polished buffalo horn is an animal material, extracted from the horn of a buffalo. This polished variant shines beautifully and feels very nice and smooth. Unique to this variant is the braided silver thread.
Black Polished Buffalo horn, code CN
Polished buffalo horn is an animal material, extracted from the horn of a buffalo. This polished variant shines beautifully and feels very nice and smooth.
Birch wood (Curly Birch), code BO
Curly birch is root wood of the birch tree. A beautiful light colored wood that is richly drawn.
Olivewood, code O
Olive wood comes from the olive tree. Often very beautiful, flamingly drawn. The most special about olive wood is the smell: do you smell an olive wood handle? Then you recognize the Mediterranean scent of olive oil immediately!
Maple Burl, code ES
Maple is a light-colored wood type. The drawing can range from completely smooth to beautifully flaming.
Juniperwood, code G
Juniper wood is a type of wood that has rich drawings. Typical are the very small dark "knots" in the wood. Juniper wood smells a bit like camphor.
Pistachio Wood, code PIS
Pistachio wood is a beautiful wood type that comes from the pistachio tree. The wood can be very light blonde to brown colored, but always has a green glow.
Walnut, code NO
The dark brown walnut wood is traditionally a popular wood type used for handles. From guns to knives. The dark wood has a fine structure and is often nicely drawn.
Snakewood or Amourette, code A
Snake wood is a tropical wood type with a beautiful drawing. A pricey wood with a beautiful pattern that is very similar to the scales of a snake.
Snakewood, Nature wood Rope, code COA
Snake wood is a tropical wood type with a beautiful drawing. A pricey wood with a beautiful reddish-brown pattern that is very similar to the scales of a snake. Unique to this variant is the rope-like relief.
Rosewood, code BR
Rosewood is a red-brown coloured wood. Rosewood is a tropical wood that is very hard. Often used in guitars, but also frequently for knives.
Ebony, code E
Ebony is a heavy and very dark wood. This tropical wood has a very fine grain with a very fine drawing.