Coursolle 'Le Thiers' 12cm folding knife with slip joint mechanism. 12c27 stainless steel blade. Satin brass handle scales with hunter figure. Closed length 120mm, open length 213mm, cutting edge 90mm. 108 grams.
The 'Le Thiers' style is a collectively designed and trademarked style shared by many regional knife craftspeople in Thiers, France, representing the iconic Thiers style folding knife. Thiers is the historical center of knife making in France, and is still where the majority of French knives are made.
In 1902 Leon Coursolle designed a knife with handle scales that feature various figurative carvings set into solid brass. In 1968, the Couperier knife making company, founded by Monsieur Antonin Couperier, and then run by his son Fernand, bought the Coursolle company, and continued production of the famed brass designs. Jean-Marc Couperier took on the family business in 1988, and while carrying on with the "Coursolle", develops new products all with the distinctive brass work. Many of their knives are stamped with their trademark wrench, a throwback to old French cutlery marks that often incorporated pictorial images. They are located in the village of Saint Remy sur Dorolle in Thiers.