Philippe Jourget and Böker Showcase Wharncliffe Double Feature

French knife maker Philippe Jourget is making his debut as a Böker collaborator with the Petit. Based on a Jourget custom, the Petit is on its way in two different configurations, each offering a different take on the opening method.

The Petit has its origins in the P’Ti custom knife, a smallish folder which embodies the refined, clean Jourget aesthetic. The Petit brings that look into a budget-friendly package, emulating the overall lines of Jourget’s original. The eye is first drawn to the 2.76-inch blade, a wharncliffe devoid of thumbstud or other protuberance. In a shift that we saw on other recently released Böker knives, the Petit is coming to us with D2 blade steel rather than the more common to Böker 440C or AUS-8.

The way this blade is opened differentiates the two different Petits. There is the ‘standard’ version, dubbed simply the Petit, that opens via flipper tab. But the Petit 42, although locking, has no flipper tab and requires a two-hand opening. Either way, users will be getting the smooth feedback afforded by a ball bearing pivot.

Otherwise, the two knives remain the same. The designer and company opted for a full stainless steel handle, with a lone finger groove and two angled facets cut into each scale. The Petits both utilize a frame lock mechanism, and come with a reversible stamped steel pocket clip.

The last time we saw Jourget’s work outside of the full custom realm, it was with his premium Custom Knife Factory collaboration, the FIF23. The Petit series is the first time Jourget has brought out a design in a more widely available format. Both versions are expected to be available from the end of September. Either version stickers for 69.95 .

Knife in Featured Image: Böker Plus Petit 42

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