News — France
This past summer, our ongoing pursuit of exceptional objects took us back to France, where we spent time trekking through Paris, Lyon and Nice in search of new cool items to bring to Flotsam+Fork. No matter where we went—whether it was hardware stores, kitchen supply shops, or specialty retailers—we were drawn to the incredible variety of France's regional pocketknives.
Of course the most famous examples of this phenomenon are the Laguiole and Opinel, but in conversations with knife merchants and experts, we learned that almost every part of the country has its own unique form of folding blade—typically inspired by the traditions and demands of the region.
With the new Flotsam+Fork French Knife Collection, we bring you some of our favorite shapes and styles—an assortment that represents the range and diversity of the French pocket knife.
The L'armor folding knife's singular style is the product of its maritime Breton origins, signified by the brass anchor inlay on the horn handle. Designed for use by mariners and fishermen of Bretagne. The rounded top edge of the blade is meant to protect sailors from inadvertent stabbing on rough seas. >>>
An essential tool long popular among the farmers and seaman of France's northwest coast. The Pradel, first made in Thiers more than 150 years ago, became famous for its sturdy construction and its signature snap—instantly recognizable—upon closing. "C'est un Pradel!"
3.5" pocket knife blade with classic Pradel-style horn handle. Available with or without corkscrew. >>>
Originally a shepherd's essential in the southwestern region of Occitane, the Laguiole in now one of the most famous pocketknives on the planet.
This Laguiole-style folding knife comes with a polished horn handle and brass end caps. Handle also features the signature bee stamp and cross of pins. Legend has it that devout shepherds in the field would stick their Laguioles in the ground and prey towards the cross on the handle. Available with or without corkscrew. >>>
Laguiole (Olive, Ebony, Alum)
Originally designed in 1969 to withstand the salty sea air of the Mediterranean, these incredible clothes pins are still manufactured today by the Violet family in their workshop in the south of France.
Made from a single strip of industrial grade stainless steel, Pincinox clothespins will never rust, break, or loose their spring.
Not just perfect for hang-drying your laundry, Pincinox are useful for a variety of additional tasks, including clipping posters and holding cards and photos upright.
Flotsam+Fork says farewell to a favorite
The only way to describe this news is "devastating". We just learned from our distributor that they are discontinuing the iconic multi-colored product line of Therias & L'econome kitchen utensils.
Fortunately, we still have a few L'econome products in stock, so you can still get your hands on some of these fantastic products from one of our all-time favorite French cutlery makers. Sadly, there aren't many left.
So don't miss this chance to own one of the final Therias & L'econome items—with the classic three umbrella logo—Flotsam+Fork ever sells.
22 days, 2 countries, 3 high speed trains, 5 cities, approximately two dozen liters of natural wine & one fierce Mediterranean sunburn later, and the Flotsam+Fork European Sourcing Sabbatical of 2017 is officially over.
It'd be lying to say we're totally happy to be back in states—but we discovered some exceptional new products, and we're excited to share our findings over the coming weeks and months.
In the meantime, the shop is back online and F+F is once again shipping orders. Please take a look at some of our fav memories from the trip and stay tuned for new product arrivals!
La Buvette is absolutely the best place in the world to drink wine right now & please do not even try to convince us otherwise.
After approximately 10 hours à la plage, we fortuitously stumbled upon the straw basket queen of Nice. A truly special retailer hidden among the knick-knack and postcard dealers.
No trip to Paris is complete without a pilgrimage to the temple of kitchenwares, E.Dehillerin.
France truly is the land of knives.
If you ever find yourself in Amsterdam on an unseasonably warm day, we highly recommend enjoying a few radlers at Cafe Brecht.