While the pictoral motifs of most Coursolle knives do not affect the actual shape of the handle, this motif knife features brass scales that are shaped like a vintage sports car. Knives with shapes that resemble other objects are called figural knives. Their history dates back several centuries. One of the most popular shapes has been that of the female leg. Even the handle of the famous Laguiole knife is said to be inspired by the shape of a woman’s leg.
Back in 1920, when this knife was designed, the body shape of the depicted car was known as Torpedo. This type of automobile body was used from the early twentieth century until the mid-1930s. The name was introduced in 1908 when a Belgian car dealer designed a streamlined body and called it “The Torpedo”.
As usual, this Coursolle knife is a slipjoint. It is equipped with a spearpoint-shaped 65 mm blade made of carbon steel.