... The Fruitier anglais ...

A part of the mother-of-pearl handle of an English fruiterer knife of the XIXth century was used as a base for the making of this little sculptured knife. The tortoise shell, supple and softer, is a material well adapted to sculptur. The fruiterer knives of the XIXth made in Sheffield in England had blades made of precious metals such as gold or silver, which allowed to eat fruits without the unpleasant taste left in the mouth by a (not yet stainless) iron blade. The English irons were very renowned then, though. The workers of this major cutlery centre took particularly great care when making the iron, when tempering it, edging it, and when sharpening the blades. Of course we don’t have the same problems with stainless steel nowadays, because it is much more multi-purpose and sharper than gold or silver. The upper part of the blade is underlined with a foliage decoration engraved with fruit patterns, the way tradition had it then.
Lenght open : 19.5 cm, closed : 11 cm