An island with a unique character
Ile d'Yeu is primarily a French island in the Bay of Biscay, forming the commune of Ile d'Yeu in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region.
Together with the island of Noirmoutier, it is one of only two islands in the former province of Poitou.
The island was first attached to the mainland by a tongue of land until about 7,000 years ago (a trace of this remains under the name of Pont d'Yeu) which is now a rocky shoal linking the island to the mainland.
The highest point of the island is located near the south-western coast between the old castle and the Cape of Degrees, at an altitude of 31 metres.
It is 9.8 km long (between Pointe du But in the north-west and Pointe des Corbeaux in the south-east) with a maximum width of 3.9 km.
The GR80 long-distance hiking trail takes in and around the island.
But the island of Yeu is above all an island full of charm, characterised by white houses with blue shutters and orange tiles. This homogeneity blends perfectly with a landscape that is both picturesque and wild.
It has two distinct faces:
- The eastern coast is sandy and green, similar to the Vendée coast. It is on this coast that Port-Joinville, the main town of the commune, is located.
- The west coast is a rocky granite ' wild coast ' with coves and cliffs, which strongly resembles the Breton coast.
However, despite a remarkable growth in recent years, tourism, limited to the summer period, has never taken an overly invasive form as in Noirmoutier, Ré or Oléron.
Second homes enliven the inland moors or hide among the trees that line the coastal beaches.
The island of Yeu is therefore a small, unspoilt island, full of history and charm, and a must-see.
The wood of fishing boats
But the charm of the island of Yeu would be nothing without these fishing boats. Today modern, they were for a long time rustic and made of wood with surprising colours.
It is this same wood that we decided to recover from the hull of some boats, now retired, and to put on the handle of the original knife of the Astelle Montmirail: the folding knife ofLe Montmirail.
With a look that is both aged and marine, it allows Le Montmirail knife to pass on a small part of the history of this island by reusing wood that was destined to disappear.
The names of the boats from which the wood was taken are Small Island and Blue Ribbon. For more information, please see the following article: "L'Ile d'Yeu. Raphael watches over a boat graveyard".
Two new collections
Following the creation of the Le Montmirail knife with a wooden handle made from the hull of an old fishing boat, we decided to expand the concept to create a whole range of Ile d'Yeu knives.
This range is composed of folding and table knives in a marine style, with, in particular, on some handles, the paint used on the shutters of the houses on the island of Yeu.
All models are handmade in our Sarthe workshop, using traditional methods and local materials, most of them eco-friendly.
Each knife is therefore unique and perpetuates an ancestral French know-how.
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