With the Melanesian spirit-god of doom and destruction, Douk-Douk, emblazoned on its shaft, this knife’s storied past doesn’t disappoint.
Designed in 1929 by the M. C. Cognet cutlery firm in Thiers, France, the douk-douk was originally a peasant’s knife, created for idyllic pastimes like slicing cheese, cutting rope and skinning sheep. However, the knife found its way into popular use in North Africa after it was produced as a service weapon for the French Army and subsequently used against those very Colonists by rebels.
The Cognet family still makes the knives by hand in a team of 10 craftspeople. The knife is made the same way it’s been manufactured for three-quarters of a century, with the same six components: two rivets, a blade, a folding steel handle, backspring and bail. Its high carbon steel blades, hollow-ground using water grinding wheels, make for a tough, practical knife. It is easy to sharpen and ideal for cutting rope, whittling and other simple jobs. Affordable and covetable.
Looking for a gift? Also check out the Sage Folder, a luxe redux of the Black Folder, with a green-coated handle, fine leather pouch and mini sharpening rod.
3 3/8" closed. 2 7/8" carbon steel blade with Douk-Douk scroll etching. Ferro-blackened folded steel handle with bail. Front of handle features Douk-Douk artwork. Ships in a hand-stamped canvas Alcove pouch.