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“I make my knives with locally-sourced wood; ash and walnut, but also Arolla pine, which only I use. These are quite rare pine trees that grow at altitudes of between 2000 and 2500 m in the heart of the massif. The first one I brought back came from the Mer de Glace and then others followed from the Vallon de Bérard, above Vallorcine. I go to fetch the wood myself, on foot, without any means of transport. It took us three days to bring the last one down from Montenvert. Chamonix really is a sports-orientated valley. People here ski, snowboard, hike and paraglide… It’s unusual to find someone here who doesn’t do any sport – most of us enjoy several different activities. And that’s typical of the valley. 

Didier Simond,
Knife maker & ski instructor

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Ski instructor and former joiner, Didier Simond has invented the Chamoniard, a knife in the shape of Mont Blanc and with the route of the first ascent engraved on the handle. An object that is firmly rooted in the valley in more ways than one.

Feel Mont Blanc under your fingers:

http://lechamoniard.com

Didier Simond,
Knife maker & ski instructor

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“The last remaining farmers in the valley breed Vaches d’Hérens, fighting cows that can be admired during the Combats de Reines. René Ravanel at Les Grassonnets is well-known locally, and it’s worth going to take a look… “

Didier Simond,
Knife maker & ski instructor