In practise :
Saturday August 7th and Sunday 8th 2021
Saturday : 10 am- 7 pm
Sunday : 10 am – 6 pm
City centre, Parking Anatole France, 24300 Nontron
Prices : 
PASS 1 DAY : 5 € – PASS 2 DAYS : 7 €
Free for less than 16 years old
Contact :
Anaïs RATINEAUD – 07 87 26 51 34

Health information

The health passport is required from 18 years old
In order to get to the exhibition, the health passport is required
Documents to present :
– 1 certificate of complete vaccination
-1 RT-PCR test or antigenic test of less than 48 hours
-1 positive result of a RT-PCR test or antigenic test confirming the recovery of COVID-19 of 15 days minimum or less than 6 months.
– An identity card for people from 12 years old
The QR code generated by these documents will be scanned at the entry of the show (Be careful, the autotests do not deliver a QR code, consequently, they are not considered as a health passport).
The mask is compulsory.
Hand sanitizer will be at your disposal.

The 25th occasion of the FÊTE DU COUTEAU (knife show) will occur on Saturday, August 7th and Sunday August 8th 2021 in Nontron.
We are very happy to welcome you this year with :
– An extended knife show
– Numerous new cutlery manufacturers
– More demonstrations
– New offers of internships and workshops for children, families and adults.

For more than 25 years, every summer, the cradle of the most ancient folding knife of France celebrates the multiple facets of the millennial cutlery art. In Nontron, more than 100 cutlery manufacturers, craftsmen, creators and resellers coming from the entire world share their passion with the public.
The Nontron Knife Show welcomes renowned cutlery manufacturers and spotlights talented young creators.
You will be able to aquire exceptionnal knives but also and above all discover the cutlery art with numerous activities all along the weekend : workshops of knife assembly with the Confrérie du Couteau LE THIERS®, demonstrations of engraving and forge, installation of a low blast furnace, conference…

On August Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th, this is the entire city which will be animated with a market of local productors and concerts.
The week preceding the knife show, from August 2nd to August 6th, a series of internships is proposed on subscription : forge, metalworking, initiation to blade sharpening and scrimshaw.
Workshops for children and families are also proposed : assembly of a Nontron knife and creation of an enameled knife rest.

An extended Knife Show!

FDCThe Nontron Knife Show celebrates its 25 years of existence!
For the occasion, the Nontron Knife Show is extended with a third cutlery terrace which allow to discover new stands. More stands of sales of raw material, tools and machines necessary for the fabrication of the knives will be presented. 
The cutlery amateurs, the professionals and the visitors who are curious to know the way the knives are made will find their groove. 

Focus on cutlery manufacturers...renowned and new talents!

Every edition of the Knife Festival is the occasion to discover exceptionnal realizations of talentuous craftsmen. Every year, new cutlery manufacturers join the event and among them, there are remarkable creators.

Cutlery manufacturers well-known by their colleagues :
The show will then welcome :
Jean-Claude LAFORÊT, cutlery manufacturers in the Auvergne region. Cutlery manufacturers for 27 years in the house where the grandfather already assembled knives in a village in the heart of the Auvergne region. In 15 years, the name Laforêt has been established in the circle of the top-of-the-range cutlery industry and has conquered the collectors thanks to remarkable creations. They work consequently to order, every knife is unique.
Jean-Pierre MARTIN, automobile mechanic and then self-taught blacksmith naturally came to the cutlery industry for the love of beautiful things. First specialized in the making of hunting knives, a few years ago, he has started to create folding knives.
Nathalie ROBIN, Coutellerie Le Cellois, has elaborated with her husband a line of pocket knives which come from a great experience of the cutlery industry and a strong desire to propose products which are robust, handmade and original. Every model is made with materials rigourosly selected. In 2015, they have obtained the 3rd prize of the Coutellia competition (an international show of the Thiers cutlery art).
Nicolas COUDERC will also be present to expose his atypical creations. This cutlery manufacturer does not hesitate to use new materials such as computer mother boards or coloured pencils on the handles of his knives very design and graphic. He has obtained the title of French craftsperson of the year in 2018.
Yann REGIBIER, cutlery manufacturer who navigates between utilitarian and art objects.

The new cutlery manufacturers for the 2021 edition :
From France :
We will welcome for the first time on the show :
BERTET Nicolas – La Forge de la Rivière, BOUCHERON Clément (glass master and cutlery manufacturer, student of Jean-Pierre VEYSSEYRE), MARGRITA David – MBull Knives, BOURBEAU Jean-Yves- Les Couteaux Bourbeaux, Les Couteliers de Fontainebleau (Yann NOMINÉ and Renaud DUMARCAY)ZIEGLER Yann – Coutellerie Le Sablier (couteaux, restauration et fabrication de coupe-chou), CALU RaphaëlLEBIGRE Fabrice– Vulcanus, MILLÉCAMPS Jean-Luc – SAS Celtmen, DAVID Bruno – Outsiders Knives (New-Caledonia).
From overseas :
The Knife show will also welcome new exhibitors from overseas : MATEEV Vladislav –Vlad Mateev (RUSSIA), MARMOY Valérie – Knives Tools (Belgium).

Our two local cutlery industries will of course be present: the Coutellerie Nontronnaise and the Coutellerie Le Périgord and, finally, the public will be able to meet cutlery manufacturers who are loyal to the event suc as Gary HEADRICKChristian CAMBOULIVES, Daniel VALLY (scrimshaw), Christian PENOT, Michel GRINI, Jean-Baptiste LEVEQUE JBL Couteaux, Emmanuel LAPLACE – Atelier 1515, Jérôme TRUCHARD – Atelier fer de terre, Lyonel LATASTE, BERTHOMME Sylvain– Farol, Frédéric MARCHAND, Joël GRANDJEAN or Charles SCHMIDT ; Thierry CABANAC ; Frédéric COLLIN and others…and from overseas Yuri GERASIMOV (Russia), Roberto OTTONELLO (Italia), la COLTELLERIA DI STASIO MADDALENA (Italia).

The competition of cutlery creation

In order to spotlight the creativity and the dexterity of the cutlery manufacturers present during the event, the Fête du Couteau organizes – for the fourth time – a competition of cutlery creation. The participants are invited to stretch their imagination and their technical achievements on the theme “An elegant folding knife for Madam or for Mister”.

A festive territory

When the Nontron Knife Show occurs, this is the entire city who is animated for two days.
Children, adults, tourists or regular visitors of the event will find something to satisfy their curiosity. 

A market of productors
Saturday August 7th from 3 to 7 pm and Sunday August 8th from 10 am to 6 pm
During the entire weekend, a market of productors will settle down in the city center to allow everyone to discover the richness of the gastronomy and the crafts of the territory. 

A festive city
On Saturday August 7th at night, this is all the city which will get animated with a concert organized by the Rugby Association on the outskirts of the knife show. There will also be animations in bars and restaurants of the city center.


“Practice makes it perfect”
Giving life to an object is one of the biggest satisfactions for a craftsman, transmitting his knowhow and encouraging vocations is another one. The cutlery manufacture is not an exception: the knowhow is transmitted from the cutlery manufacturer towards his student since hundreds of years and its evolution is consequently growing up from generation to generation.

Internship of cutlery forge – From August 2nd to August 6th – Place de la Mairie – Complete
The Fête du Couteau is the opportunity for these craftsmen to present to the public their mastery of the cutlery manufacture but also to communicate their passion throughout workshops and demonstrations which will occur all the weekend in the heart of the city. The visitors will be able not only to see them working but also to participate and create their own knife!
Michel LEMANS and Alain CONESA will animate an internship of initiation to the cutlery forge and its basic technics. They will propose to the interns the realization of a knife in steel.

Internship of metalworking unit 2 – From August 2nd to August 6th 2021 – Place de la Mairie (reserved for the interns who have done the unit 1 in Etouars)
Information and inscription :
feteducouteau@gmail.com07 87 26 51 34

Scrimshaw internship – You have the choice for the date : Wednesday August 4th or Thursday August 5th or Friday August 6th – 9 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm – 5 people maximum
If the two first internships are focused on the blades, the handles will not be leftover. Sonia LUST will teach the ancestral art of the scrimshaw. Original from the Inuit culture, this technic of engraving on soft support (deer antlers, walrus tusk, mammoth ivory) can ornament either knife handles or jewels.
Information and inscription :
feteducouteau@gmail.com07 87 26 51 34

Internship of sharpening – Friday 6th 2021 with Christophe Pailler Affût’Pro 24 – 2pm to 5pm
You will get initiated to the different technics of sharpening.
Information and inscription :feteducouteau@gmail.com07 87 26 51 34

Assembling your own Nontron knife – with Benoît Batissou, forman in the Nontron cutlery manufacture – August 3rd – 9 am to 12 pm – 5 people maximum
You will learn how to assemble your knife from start to finish with an experienced cutlery manufacturer of the Nontron cutlery manufacture!
You will learn the gesture and the steps necessary for the making oh a bowl handle knife. You will learn how to use the tools as professionals do!
Every participant leave with his creation. 
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Enamelling your own knife rest – with Natacha Baluteau – August 4th – 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm – 10 people maximum – 10 Avenue du Général Leclerc
On Wednesaday August 4th, you will be able to learn how to enamel a knife rest in the workshops of the Experimental Pole of Arts and Crafts of Nontron with the enameler Natacha Baluteau.
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Forges and metalworking festival – July 25th 2021 (Etouars) – Partner of the Fête du Couteau

Forges and metalworking festival – July 25th 2021 (Etouars)
In partnership with the Fête du Couteau, the association 3F3M organizes the 8th Festival of Forges and Metalworking in Etouars, ten kilometres away from Nontron. The public will be able to discover old technics, sometimes millenary, of the bronze and steel fabrication in low furnaces and the fabrication of cast-iron cannons in blast furnaces. More than 20 craftsmen will create objects from the metals produced and will expose their work. On Saturday night, a show of fire will close the day.
Finally, the visitors will be able to discover a city with an incredible architecture built in scale above the Bandiat valley with a green vegetation, even in summer.
Located in the heart of the Perigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park, Nontron is also an ideal place for a walk in its wonderful countryside and to immerse yourself in the rich patrimony of the North Perigord.