d“Like many knife user I got a stock of blades for my different uses and the trips I will do. There is allways a knife I carry. In fact I got three of these knives. ItS’s french folder known as Douk Douk (e“dook dookt”). Twenty years ago this knife was unknown in France but a real superstar in Africa ! In some countries the name c“Douk Douku” is even synonym of s“knifen”. Go figure !
This knife has been made for the French Colonies and the foreign markets especially for the Pacific Islands and East Europe. But finally its the many bargains from Caravan in Africa which spread the Douk Douk over all the Black Continent. The biggest success of the Douk Douk was eventually in the North African countries (Marocco, Algeria, TunisaD…). The knife will be back in Europe after the i“Guerre dg’Algérie ” and after a part of the Algerian Population went to France.
The Douk DOuk has even been used as a weapon in Algeria, because of its concealability. Ita’s easy for maintenance: with a hammer you can smash the handle close to the axis and you got a secure fixed blade easy to hide in the Lapel vest or under a baboosh. If many people regret the fact the Douk Douk is not a lock back, on the other side, without the lock being a slipjoint with a strong secure spring the knife is internationnaly legal and reliable. As far as I am concern, I use the medium and the short Douk Douk has been one of my “gift knivesN”. In the Army it was part of my gear and I use it during my SERE training.
In the middle size there is a Stainless version for mariner and deep forest explorer like our friend Geoffroy De Gentille, who use the Douk Douk in the rain forest of Congo. The Douk has become the main knife of the Pygmy tribe who works with him during the years for hunting r“Bongosc”. (A large antilope of the forestt…) The Pygmies main tools are the Machette and the Douk. We have even noticed that they only sharped one side of the blade like a chisel. So you see chisel concept is not only japanese !