Knife Review : Douk-Douk Knife




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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.

ParasitSam: I find the history behind knives fasinating. Great video, hope to see more and hear more history abut knives.

Justin Diehl: i really like these more historical reviews really really interesting

kakage98: so simple yet so elagant

cutlerylover: @masterdurchgriff read the rest of the comments

Jorg: @cutlerylover also, after this rather arrogant remark of yours it would be nice if you give some more details about that 'researched info'.. something concrete that dates back from before Cognet's 1929 patent perhaps?

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

BALJIT147: the french have this, the Scandinavians have that, jeff has everything i have ever heard of

flashdamingo: @flashdamingo I read the WW2 issue clasp knives were made by wittingslowe here in OZ and donated to the war effort. Ironically the later issue knives like my one were branded Shelham (sheldon hammond ?) and made in japan. The newer Black wolf ones are made in china I think. They are a rough and tough user. Do a search for australian military knives clasp knives for more info.

notreallydaedalus: @bbgunmaster13 Cut with the blade and not the spine, you'll be fine ;). Seriously, I've carried and used slip-joints most of my life (mostly Victorinox), and have never had one close on me when I wasn't expecting it.

cutlerylover: @marksgearreviews my info came from a discussion thread on a knife related forum with 7 different peopel talkign to each other and agreeing on that specific history, 3 of the men custom knife makers in which I respect a great deal, if Im wrong thats fine, please correct it in a comment with the correct info and YOUR sources, it will be noted

cutlerylover: @sooot175 the SVORD peasant knife, its a friction folder, search knivesandstuff for videos on it

MadNumForce: I've seen with my very eyes the stamping machines used to cut the blades, handles and lanyard loops, and the other machine Gaston Cognet designed himself to mount a knife (put all the pieces in place, slip the axis/pins, and cut it) with such a hard spring. Since 1929, it had to be fixed many times, but it basically never changed. the Manufacture of Cutlery Cognet (MCC) has been in the same factory for more than one century, and when digging the ground for some reason, they've found an old die.

ilikeknives00: Where can u get those?? They look sweet!!

2010blackhawkdown: well done, you can use wikipedia, if you read the whole article you wouldve seen this too "The handle depicts a "douk-douk", or Melanesian spirit incarnation"

tim52396: The handle of this knive and the Cold Steel Pocket Bushman have a similar design/style.

cam131313cam: @cutlerylover i think thats NZ but we steal everything of theirs thats good any way so... :)

cutlerylover: @masterdurchgriff ok but let me ask you this 1st...what do you feel about this knife makes it so unique to congets desing? is it the blade style, the rolled over one piece handle? the backspring? narrow that down for me and Ill give you an example of a knife that was invented before it...

MrZilbon: Interesting video but actually douk douk have always been french knives. They have always been produced in the same french city and the reason you are mistaking is that they were very popular in north africa. It was originaly created to be sold in australia.

cutlerylover: @masterdurchgriff Im thinking we were arguing ior disussing 2 different ideas, I stand corrected in that this very specific knife was designed by a frenchman and is a big part iof french culture, yes...I was talking more to the fact that its not the 1st of its kind, but its specific configuration is...

astaschak: @JoeDurobot ok, i don't really care all that much about its history, its not that important to me, buy any ways, i was just letting you know if you already didn't that wiki isn't the best. but no matter the history its a cool little knife

FatzoMcUgly: @fireblind No need, it's got a backspring.

cutlerylover: @airsoftgunner47 just noted as high carbon, 1055 or similar perhaps?

CouteauDeBoucher: It was made by french people by a french company, for a foreign market. It is french.

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.

Febeleh: I like both, but honestly, go with the Mercator. It has a lock (lock-back), while not necessary, it is nice to have a bit of safety, and personally, I think the Mercator has a better blade style. They're both similar, have a carbon steel, really the only reason to get a Douk-Douk is to have a knife that also has a bit more history (not saying the Mercator doesn't).

kakage98: 29 more till 1000 :D!!!!!!!

MrJVote: Invented by a French guy in the 1930s. The little wizard guy was picked out of a book by the French guy because he thought it was cool. Reason it was invented was for the colonial trade. You see, France was once a one of the great powers of the world and this guy invented this knife to be sold to France's overseas colonies. It was invented by a French guy and made by other French guys working for a French company in France. How is that not a French knife?

pilozard: Hehe he said Penetration

longtoes12: Cool

cutlerylover: @JoeDurobot my research goes way past wikipedia, which for the most part is a comon collection of thoughts and facts, you do know anyone can post info on there right? I can go there right now and post its a knife made out of mustrard that tastes good on pickles...lol, wiki is a good place to start but not law...

notreallydaedalus: @ltm7575 First thing I think of is the Buck folding hunter, personally. Second, maybe the Case Stockman. But I'm no expert!

pkdiddy: Yes, Pradel knives.

newhuskytwenty: Cheap French knife to be sold in their colonies, but the edge used to be very, very sharp as only were the ancient carbon steel blades

zanuha: @leatherfacefan1974 You should have asked for an education.

Jorg: I did, this was a reply of some time before we discussed its origines in the other replies. For all clarity and for those who might be following this, let me reiterate and pls correct me if I'm wrong. Your statement is based upon the fact that this knife, although designed and produced by a french cutler, has actual other origins.. The heft is a copy of the older German Mercator 5KK5 katze, the scimitar blade is a persian design and even the douk-douk figurine is malenese.. We do agree on this

Justmyopinionlol: besides douk douk and opinel are there other affordable french made knifes?

tjr1411: @stabnshoot im pretty sure this is a small.

stabnshoot: is this a small, medium or large douk douk?

DaBossk: do u know what my favorite part of shooting hoops is? 3 2 1 ..... overtime! :D :D:D::D:D:D:D:D:D:D

toddman22410: FIRST! to dislike.

MrZilbon: Nope it's not. It was popular in africa so he thought it wasn't a french knife but it is.

ltm7575: @notreallydaedalus yeah id probably agree with that

EasternGateGuardian: @cutlerylover you guys are both right:The external engraving of the douk-douk was created in 1929 for sales to France's colonies on Oceania. The handle depicts a "douk-douk", or Melanesian spirit incarnation. from wiki

cutlerylover: @masterdurchgriff I know, whats accepted as custure and whats actualy true are 21 sdifferent thigns, take the balsiong, its a french invention...although any single Filipino will tell you their ansestors invented iot and its part of their culture, YES they adopted it more than any other country or people, BUT they didnt invent it, lol

ballietbran: i'm guessing you work alot. do you have an iphone that you use to check on youtube videos or do you just have lots of spare time. thanks! :)

notreallydaedalus: @masterdurchgriff French fries got their name from the cut -- long & thin is called frenching, which I believe is their technique. They should really be called frenched fried potatoes, but you know how we Americans like to shorten things!

MadNumForce: This die dates back from Napoleon era, and were hidden to avoid being destroyed when regime changed, and now they've put it in production back again, with that same two century old die. Knifemaking in Thiers is about as old as the American Constitution, and Cognet (with their hare and greyhound marking) is an old maker, designer and inventor of the Douk-Douk. Mercator used the folded handle design first, but it's a backlock, and needs much more work, it's obvious to anyone who has both and I do.

B4TT3RY .: @cutlerylover *fangirl scream*

Milo Fayne: Great video, keep up the good work. Just a couple of side notes; firstly when you were talking about legality, in the UK its actually the cutting edge that's measured for these purposes and secondly: Scimitar is pronounced as of there were no c so really should be spelt Simitar. Thanks again for the great vids.

Rating:
Knife Review : Douk-Douk Knife 4.8 out of 5

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