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Liadou Exception

Liadou Exception: an artisanal French pocketknife with a Damascus blade

There are knives that will never make it into your daily kitchen routine, spending their existence pushed to the back of a drawer. And then there are the rare and unique knives, timeless heirlooms that we proudly wear and use for a lifetime, like the Liadou Exception®. This lifetime warrantied French pocketknife is handcrafted following traditional French luxury cutlery techniques and features a powerful Damascus steel blade. This exceptional pocketknife boasts a bolsterless handle crafted from the finest materials and an efficient closing mechanism. Liadou Exception® pocketknives can be personalized and are delivered in a superb box with a Certificate of Authenticity.

A true gem of luxury cutlery, guaranteed to last a lifetime

A high-end exceptional tool brimming with history

The Liadou Exception® is ranked among the best artisanal pocketknives on the market and is handcrafted in our traditional luxury cutlery workshop in Marcillac, France - the town where the very first traditional winegrower’s knife of this kind was made. The Liadou® was originally designed to be an efficient and multifunctional winegrower’s pocketknife that most inhabitants of the Aveyron region carried with them everywhere they went. The Liadou Exception® is a luxurious interpretation of this timeless winegrower’s knife. Their name translates to Exceptional and these exclusive French pocketknives are exactly that! This true gem of artisanal craftsmanship is meticulously crafted by our passionate artisanal cutlers following centuries-old traditions. The Liadou du Vallon® trademark engraved on the blade of each of our knives is a testament to their outstanding quality and serves as a proof of provenance, not only for the knives themselves, but also for all of the materials used to craft them.

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Liadou Exception®: unique, rare and customizable

Bespoke luxury cutlery: Damascus blade and a Juniper burl handle or a Sandvik® blade and a mammoth tusk handle

Damascus or Sandvik® 14C28 steel: Select the material of your French pocketknife’s blade

The cutting capacity of Liadou’s® signature blades have achieved legendary status thanks to the exceptional quality steels they are crafted with. Whether you select Sandvik® 14C28 or Damascus steel, all of the blades in this collection are wide, durable, rust-resistant and feature a slightly downward pointing tip.

• Sandvik® 14C28 stainless steel: incredible strength, excellent cutting capacity, rust resistant and easy to sharpen.
• Damasteel® RWL34 stainless steel: excellent and durable cutting edge, extremely solid, outstanding rust resistant properties.

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Liadou Exception® handle scales: Rare wood or fossils

From its gracefully curved high-end ergonomic handle to its razor-sharp blade forged from superior steel and its perfect folding mechanism, every detail is carefully considered, especially the ethically sourced materials used to craft them and their suppliers. Burled Arizona Ironwood, mammoth tusk, fossilized mammoth molar, burled juniper or warthog teeth, the materials used to make our 12cm (4.7in) handle scales are some of the finest and most rare on the market. We carefully select each of our suppliers, ensuring that their business practices respect the environment while working to protect biodiversity and prevent deforestation.

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Hand chiseling and guilloche work: exceptional finishing touches

The exceptional attention to detail is one of this extraordinary pocketknife’s many lavish features. This sumptuous French pocketknife is unlike any other due to the extraordinarily meticulous metalwork our passionate cutlers perform in our luxury cutlery workshop. From chiseling the handle scales to the delicate guilloche technique used on the liners, these craftsmen are true artists working with unparalleled dexterity and precision to create each Liadou Exception®.

Bespoke luxury French cutlery

Liadou’s® pocketknives are crafted from an exclusive selection of high-end materials: Stabilized bone, carbon, ebony, blonde horn, olive, box tree, juniper, oak, deer antler, ram horn or fiberglass, Damascus steel, Carbon XC75 or RWL34, Sandvik® 14C28 or Damasteel®. You can create a bespoke Liadou Exception® by placing a special order (+33 5 65 67 15 12). Make your Liadou Exception® even more unique by adding a personalized engraving on the blade free of charge. Find out more about our bespoke services

Protective knife sheaths and cases available in several colors

Connoisseurs of luxury cutlery and cutlers have become fascinated by pocketknives, and understandably so. The very first record of the word for pocketknife dates back centuries ago, this important tool has undergone countless transformations since its creation. Liadou® has created a collection of splendid sheaths and cases crafted from premium leathers and available in sever different colors, allowing you to safely store your pocketknife or proudly wear it on your belt.

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Liadou Exception®: one of the best French pocketknives with a Damascus steel blade

Luxury cutlery at its finest: the artisanal manufacturing process used to create this Damascus steel pocketknife

Liadou du Vallon’s® luxury French cutlery workshop in Aveyron also houses one of our boutiques. No matter which material you select for your pocketknife’s handle or the steel for its blade - Sandvik® 14C28 or Damascus – your artisanal pocketknife will be completely handmade by one of our three expert cutlers.

Each Liadou Exception® is carefully handcrafted by our skilled artisans, following its future owner’s instructions to create a superlative piece of luxury cutlery.

17 rue du Cruou
12330 Marcillac-Vallon
Aveyron, France

If you would like to take a tour of our French luxury cutlery workshop, please call us at +33 5 65 67 15 12.

10 reasons to invest in a Liadou knife

• Luxury French cutlery manufacturing: production takes place in the artisanal cutlery workshop in Marcillac, France.
• Each pocketknife is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, providing proof of provenance and assuring that the knife is a product of Aveyron’s artisanal industry.
• Handcrafted following traditional French cutlery savoir-faire.
• Equipped with a blade with exceptional cutting capacity made from the finest steels.
• An ergonomic bolsterless handle that’s carefully crafted form the finest materials.
• Bespoke services allow you to customize the blade with an engraving.
• A traditional French winegrower’s knife steeped in regional history.
• Lifetime guarantee – a testament to this French-made pocketknife’s exquisite quality.
• Delivered worldwide in a beautiful gift box that also serves as a storage case.
• An elegant yet functional tool, an original, timeless and customizable gift that will last a lifetime and can easily slip into any pocket!

Six different models

Thanks to its success, Liadou® has created six different collections:
Liadou Original ®
Liadou Table ® (our only non-folding knife)
Petit Liadou® (the smallest handle: 4.1in)
Liadou Tire-bouchon®
Liadou Racing ®
Liadou Exception®

Explore Liadou’s® French pocketknife collections

All of our collections are crafted with passion and an impressive attention to detail no matter the material you choose for its blade and handle. But Liadou Exception® is, without a doubt, the most prestigious model by Liadou du Vallon®.

Shop online or in our brick-and-mortar locations in France

Are you looking to purchase a Liadou® knife? We invite you to browse our online shop or come see our collections in person at our French boutiques located in Marcillac-Vallon and Rodez.

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