Trunk Giveaway: M.C. Cognet Douk-Douk Pocket Knife from Bench and Loom

Started several months ago by Brooke and Jared Zaugg, Bench and Loom is an online shop that’s hard to describe succinctly. First off, they sell premium, uncommon, well-crafted clothes and goods that are inspired by men of the past who had style and substance–classic, timeless stuff. Second, they write profiles of the men who provide this inspiration. Third, they write profiles about the workshops where the clothes are made. Fourth, they find cool classic clothes from old movies and have people vote on which item they’d like to see brought back to life for a limited edition production. Oh, and they also maintain a blog with travel stories and commentary. So yeah, it’s an interesting site to poke around on.

For the purposes of this giveaway, all you need to know is that Bench and Loom is giving away a very cool knife: a M.C Cognet Douk-Douk Pocket Knife. These simple, steel, hand forged slipjoint knives have been made in France since 1929. They started out as utility knives for the ordinary working man and then got picked up by the likes of the French Foreign Legion. Soldiers loved the fact that the knife could easily be sharpened to a razor’s edge, and, with some hammering and tinkering, converted into a fixed blade dagger. Douk-Douk knives are perfect for everyday carry as they’re flat, lightweight, and sturdy as all get out.

Bench and Loom is giving away one of these unique pocket knives to a lucky AoM Trunk reader. To win, leave a comment telling us about your go-to pocket knife (or how you wished you had one!).

One winner will be randomly drawn from the comments. Giveaway ends February 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm CST.

UPDATE: Contest is closed. Winner will be announced shortly.


Craig February 28, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Never leave home without my twenty year old gerber lock blade it has served me well and is part of my EDC.

Alan Cook February 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Since the late ninetys I’ve carried two knives. The big knife is a Columbia River Knife & Tool Ripple. It opens easily with one hand, and has a useful four inches of blade. The little knife is a Wengert Swiss Army Knife, with an actual fingernail clipper. The little knife is used for grooming, opening letters, and trimming loose threads. The big one opens packages and boxes, cuts rope and webbing, and could, if necessary, serve as a defensive weapon.

Ed Nielsen February 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

My “standard” pocket knife is a SOG that snaps open with the flick of my thumb, is sharp as a razor, and really lightweight. It is really a weapon so I have taken to carrying a Sheffield folding box cutter to work. Less intimidating. What could anyone do bad with a box cutter…

Michael Wilson February 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm

A gorgeous and historically quirky knife, much nicer then my everyday Jack Pyle.

Kyle Patnode February 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I have a kershaw my dad gave me that broke. Seeing as how I am broke I can not get it repaired. I would love this knife as no man should be without one.

conrad February 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I’ve been craving a knife just like this for a long time! I currently use a credit card sized knife that folds flat, but its not very sturdy and i don’t really trust it when i apply pressure.

Kenneth February 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I carry a Rogers pen knife that resembles a sheffield swiss army knife. I’ve used it for everything from sharpening pencils to opening MREs in Iraq.

Taylor February 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I’ve got a Kershaw blackout

Roger February 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Looking for a good single bladed knife to replace a lost multitool.

Christopher February 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm

I always try to have a knife on me. It’s a tool. Not self defense.

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