Le GLENN - fishermens foldingknife from Brittany
Ker Glenn, which can be translated as the House of Glenn in Breton, is a society with a mission that has its roots in the traditions and history of Brittany.
On the one hand, it aims to perpetuate the history of the generations of seafarers born in Brittany, and on the other hand, it wants to contribute to the protection of our seas and oceans and support seafarers. One of the activities is to collect, process and recycle marine litter from the maritime sector. By deciding to recycle fishing nets to make his sleeves, the Glenn has become a symbol for all those who want to protect the sea.
The Glenn was born in Porz Gwenn, in the commune of Plouescat, not far from Roscoff. Legend has it that this knife originated in a fishing café called Enez Eog, a beautiful granite house built in 1912 in the Rue du Port.
On a stormy night, a fisherman's sailor was swept away by a surf. The story goes that Glenn then jumped from the boat, cut the meshes of the fishing net in which his friend had become entangled, and managed to get him on board.
The only loss was Glenn's knife, which had fallen to the bottom of the sea during the rescue. The rescued man gave him his own, the shape of which was characteristic: folded up, it took the form of a ship's hull.
That same evening, Glenn bought a round at the Enez Eog, toasted and shouted: "May this knife bring us luck and tomorrow's fishing be good for all!".
The next day the catch was exceptionally good, this miracle was attributed to Glenn and his new knife. Since that day, tradition says that to seal a lasting friendship in Brittany, whoever receives a knife must buy a drink in return - to the health of the sailors.