sergeantbigmac: I think id prefer the German Mercator 'cat knife'. Basically same construction (slim sheet metal handle) but it has a lock... Im not like some guys and need a locking mechanism, because lets face it most of the stuff youre using a pocketknife for everyday is pretty light stuff. Like I carried an old buck knife for years and worked fine for me....
But if I have the option (and in this case for virtually the same knife) ill pick the one with the lock.
Brian Hayden: You sort of sound like Jason Alexander.
mocswithsox: Could you expand on that list of affordable workhorse knives from different cultures? I recently have been particularly interested in such blades but am not familiar with many varieties. Thanks much, and good review.
wisc flank: Dude, it is a french knife. It is and has always been produced in France. It's been designed in France too, for the oceania market. Gaspard Cognet designed it. And he's not Melanesian. Saying it arrived in France because the soldiers confiscated them in Africa is cute though.
FPS Knifer: I have the larger version of this sorcier model. I got it as a gift and have been carrying it for a few months now. The backspring on these is crazy! I'm amazed I haven't sliced a finger off yet - these snap closed like a damn guillotine. Not your everyday folder & people used to the modern creature comforts might not dig these knives, but they're well designed & excel in many areas. Portability is an obvious advantage here.
SingDing10: I like this lighting, it makes the video seem very homely and relaxing. Great vid as always!
paul greenwood: I have one. Legal here in the UK, the most reliable supplier is Heinnie Haynes near Cardiff.
1845Raven: I read recently that French knife maker Fred Perrin was a fan of these knives. I also read the Douk-Douk knives are made in France. They are made of XC75 steel. I believe a US steel equivalent would be 1075 steel. Also, the steel is hardened to 52-53 HRC. That's a very low rockwell for HC steel, but I figure for a variety of reasons--value, etc., the low rockwell is fine.
ByeByeAnotherDay: Indeed. The Douk Douk character was put on it to make it sell better in Oceanian colonies. It later sold pretty much everywhere in French colonies and territories.
Later came variations, like the El-Baraka with a Berber star for Maghreb colonies, the Tiki with a Polynesian character on it, and even a French version, l'Ecureuil, with a squirrel.
But it was always a French knife made in France. Melanesians didn't even knew how to work steel when they were colonized.
Siegdrifa: I checked some french web site and the price of the Douk Douk L'Ecureuil (squirel) is 16.65€
So with the change, if the knife is in good shape, i think 20$ is a fair price.
Siegdrifa: The Douk Douk is actualy a 100% french knife, created in 1929 by Cognet coutellerie, for foreign market.
Also, Cognet produced different version of Douk Douk for different foreign market.
I bought one for my father's birthday because i heard good thing on this knife, and i was a little decived, i thought the handleling would be not great ... but after a few test, i changed my mind completly, i really like having it in my hand it is a very reliable knife.
Getting one for me soon.
Kevin Mason: Hmmm,do you think the Squirel Douk Douk off ebay is worth the 20$???:O
captainkid1: That's odd because I read everywhere the steel is actually very soft. :)
captainkid1: looks like a fun sharp knife. But I'm not paying $30 for one.
lamargreenleaf: It looks like a copy of my German made Mercator K55K.
acadjionne: fellow cutlerylover, the most information is @ .douk-douk. where they say the blade "forged AFNOR XC (0.75% C, 0.70% Mn, 0.30% Si) water hardening carbon steel @ HC 50-53," and there r 5 other parts to it. A legend created by coutelier M.C. Cognet, Thiers, France since 1929. the new models r interesting too - there's even table knives. Cheap, ultra-reliable and excellent material quality for hard chores.
MJFallout: He actually said "the south Africans have the Okapi knife"
There you go, easy to find now.
Karalix: Well, in facts, it is totaly a french knife, made in France from the beginning. It was meant to be sold in Melanesia but it was a total commercial failure and they had to sell their stocks somewhere else, and it was really popular in Noth Africa.
Shawn Swigart: Its french and says so on the blade they are about 25.00 for the small. Hardest steel I have ever seen on any pocketknife
irlrp: Yeah, and the fact that there is no lock makes it legal to carry in france.
EMT: Thanks! They sometimes skip corners and take the easy way. If they ever did that, I suggest you consult with a paralegal or lawyer. This way they won't be able to cheat you.