... The Grenadier de la Bastille ...

This knife bearing the effigy of a grenadier of la Bastille is one of the rare known political knives known as “of the conquerors of la Bastille". It is also famous under the name of Palloy, because it is on the initiative of this soldier and entrepreneur of the French Republic that it was made, probably on numerous occasions at the end of the XVIIIth and also probably by many different cutlers. Indeed, the quality of the "Palloy" knives that still exist is rather heterogeneous. Its popular character had made it possible for various workers to start the business of this object commemorative of July 14th, 1789. Some of the knives have then a corkscrew, others bear a very Louis XVI profile, some others are much more than anecdotal pieces, they are real knives that can be used in any circumstances. It is the case of the one we have used as a model. A very original, perfectly conceived piece, with its own character. The tortoise shell and the mammoth of the handle suit each other perfectly nicely, and as we were making the knives we rediscovered the old way of making very elegant silver rosettes, so elegant that they are part of the grace and the aesthetics of this quite remarkable knife.
Lenght open : 27 cm, closed : 14.5 cm