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Tortoiseshell and Gold

Tortoiseshell and Gold

These days, tortoiseshell is considered as one of the most precious animal materials. It took no less than thirty to fifty years of research and experimentation in order to perfect the techniques for working this material in the 17th century, the age during which tortoiseshell first became a highly prized product.
Note though that in the 16th century, the king Henry IV owned a crib made out of a whole tortoise shell…
Our knife handles are shaped from a genuine piece of shell from a hawksbill turtle (species: Eretmochelys imbricata, taken from pre-convention legal stock). This vibrant, high-quality material, natural and yet sophisticated, glimmers with a rich palette of colors that ranges from dark brown to coral red, sometimes even honey shades that give the shell a most beautiful clarity.
A warm and varied palette of colors that makes each knife absolutely unique.
To bring out its full beauty, each plate of tortoiseshell is coated with 24 carat gold. Mr. Marcel Croce, trained at the Ecole de Paris in the Goujon workshops does this job for us. 
The use of tortoiseshell is regulated; Perceval has all the legal authorizations covering its possession and processing.

Discover Perceval cutlery workshop

Atelier Perceval
20 avenue des États-Unis
TEL. +33 4 73 80 19 19

Visiting hours

Monday to Thursday: 9:30am - 00:30pm / 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Friday: 9:30am - 00:30pm

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