The Douk-Douk Knife

Vendor: M.C. Cognet


Category: BLADE

Price: $32


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Favorite of the French Foreign Legion 

The Douk-Douk is forged from high carbon steel in France, its blade is a "Turkish Clip" contour, its handle is ferro-blackened folded steel. In the manner of a slipjoint knife it has no locking mechanism but has a smooth action, and a strong back spring to help keep it safely open. The Douk-Douk was originally designed to be sold in the French colonies, and in an attempt to appeal to the local populations its maker emblazoned the handles with curious etchings of native mythological characters ("douk-douks"). This knife bears "The Sorcier" (the sorcerer), a Melanesian spirit incarnation originally believed to bring good luck. The Douk-Douk has a long and fabled legacy, and is the preferred knife of the French Foreign Legion. With its slim proportions this knife will ride extremely well in any pocket.   

  • slipjoint knife with "Turkish Clip" blade
  • gunsmith-style ferro-blackened folded steel handle
  • landyard loop 
  • high carbon steel blade (Rc 50-53)
  • 4.5" (closed), 8" (open)
  • Made in France
  • Ships with Best Made's Knife Handbook

The engraving on this knife is that of the Sorcier (the sorcerer). This style of knife was the invention of French knife maker M.C. Cognet who came across these playful characters in an illustrated encyclopedia, and hoped they would appeal to natives of the French colonies in the Pacific Islands and North Africa, and France. Characters include:

  • Sorcier, engraved with the image of "Douk Douk" (marketed to Polynesian colonies)
  • El-Baraka, engraved with a Berber star (marketed to Muslim colonies in North Africa)
  • Tiki, engraved with a Polynesian tiki idol (marketed to Polynesian colonies)
  • l'Écureuil, engraved with a squirrel (marketed within France).



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