de Gaulle Damascus Steel Folding Knife with Damascus Steel Bolster

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Charles de Gaulle was a French statesman that provided indispensable leadership of Free France during the Second World War. When Germany invaded France in 1940, de Gaulle was a military leader who led assault after assault despite the impoverished state of his units. In June of that year, when the French government sought an armistice with Germany, de Gaulle evacuated to England to lead the French resistance from there. After the war de Gaulle helped France to recover, both politically and economically. He founded the Fifth Republic and helped to establish a strong presidency. He also rewrote the French Constitution and encouraged national independence.

We named this gorgeous Damascus steel folder with Damascus steel bolster and a brass liner after Charles de Gaulle. The attention to detail and beautiful materials reminded us of a knife a French statesman would carry. Plus, it reminded us of the grand architecture of Paris. This knife comes with two brass thumb openers and has an ambidextrous design so it can be used by either a right-handed or left-handed person. The brass liner has the liner-lock built in so it wouldn't add any unnecessary bulk to the knife. This incredibly unique handmade Damascus steel folder will be a prized knife in your collection or an incredible gift for the knife collector in your life. 

de Gaulle Damascus Steel Folding Knife with Damascus Steel Bolster Specifications:

  • Overall Length: 7.4”
  • Handle Length: 4.3”
  • Blade Length: 3.1”
  • Blade Material: Damascus Steel 1095 and 15n20
  • Damascus Pattern: Twist
  • Number of Layers: 256
  • Blade Thickness: .13"
  • Rockwell Hardness: HRC 56-59
  • Handle Material: Black Micarter with Decorative Pin and Damascus Steel Bolster
  • Includes a full-grain leather sheath with belt loop and wood presentation box
  • Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty

Please note: Each knife is handmade from natural materials. There will be some variation in color, Damascus pattern, and overall look. The knife you receive will have the same attention to quality and detail as the one pictured but may differ slightly in appearance.

Care Instructions:

1095 steel is a high-carbon steel and will rust if not dried and oiled after use. Hand wash only with soap and hot water. Dry completely before oiling.

About Forseti Steel:

The secret to forging authentic Damascus steel knives has long been lost, but Forseti Steel stays as true to the tradition as they can by commissioning smiths with Damascus ancestry to hand-make all of their blades. The artists behind the enamoring water-like patterns of folded and pounded steel have all learned their skills and techniques from the generations that worked the metals before them.

In addition to paying tribute to the Damascus practice in technique and appearance, Forseti Steel shows its respect for history's heroes, legends, and characters with their knives' names. The 9", walnut-handled Sentinel, for example, honors the Sentinels who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington.