The handle of this limited edition folding knife is made from an Oak beam recovered during the renovation of a centuries-old "Buron" (a Shepherd's Hut) located on the Aubrac's high plateau in Aveyron, France. It is believed that such structures (usually impossible to date) can easily be over 200 years old, making the actual oak used during the original construction at least 3 to 4 hundred years old.
"Alto Braco" is the original name in Occitan of the Aubrac National Park and translates to "High-Plateau".
a Buron (a Shepherd's Hut) on the Aubrac's high-plateau
Handcrafted in the village of Laguiole, France, Forge de Laguiole knives are truly and by far of the highest quality offered in the market today. The Carvé series offers a hand-carved bee and spring without the higher cost usually associated with such knives. This Laguiole knife is entirely handmade in the village of Laguiole and features a forged T12 steel blade. Additionally, each masterpiece is entirely handmade by the same craftsman to ensure pride in the completed piece.
- Forged bolsters & spring - One Piece Forged Bee & Spring - Limited & Numbered edition (250 models) - Included: Gift box & numbered Certificate -Warranty & Repair Support - 100% Made in the village of Laguiole, France
What is a One Piece Forged Bee & Spring? When a bee is an integral part of the forged spring, it is called a "Forged Bee"; the bee was not added afterward. Many Laguiole pocket knives from most manufacturers, including Forge de Laguiole (i.e., 7 cm knives), offer "soldered bees" models. The process of adding the bee to the spring by soldering saves time and money; this is why the cost of soldered bee Laguiole knives can be substantially less. The original Laguiole knives had forged bees.
How do I recognize a Forged Bee & Spring? You can recognize a forged bee when you look just below it, where it meets the decorated spring. If you do not see any gaps, it's a good sign that the bee and spring were forged from the same piece of metal. You can also recognize a soldered bee by noticing a straight gap/ridge where the bee meets the spring.
Spring & Bee: One piece forged T12 alloy - Forged spring. Blade: 3.25 / 7.90 cm long - 3 mm thick made of Forged T12 alloy. Size: 12 cm / 4: 5/8 in (closed) 21.7 cm / 8.5/8 in (open) Dual Liners: Forged T12 Bolsters: Non, full handle Weight: 2.4 oz - 68 g
Hand wash only, do not immerse in water. We Recommend the use of Tuf-Glide Oil Free Lubricant 1/4 oz Pen. Periodically place a couple drops of lubricant on the axle of all moving parts. More details here - $8.95