An Original Forge de Laguiole® pocket knife is the result of the combination of extraordinary materials of exceptional quality. The blades are forged at 1000°C using the special high-performance T12 steel. The handles are carefully crafted from noble and natural materials such as wood or horn in a way that respects our environment. Forge de Laguiole pocket knives are manufactured in the village of Laguiole and features the iconic bumblebee as well as the traditional shepherd's cross on most models.
The 11 cm "Tradition" pocket knives feature a one piece forged bee and spring.
Forge de Laguiole represent the pinnacle of quality in the Laguiole cutlery business. Their reputation for integrity, ethics, and innovative designs has made these small 100 employees company the "Must Have" Laguiole luxury brand.
What is a Forged Bee? 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.
Many Laguiole pocket knives from most manufacturers, including Forge de Laguiole (7 cm knives) offer "soldered bees" models. The process of adding the bee to the spring by soldering it saves time and money, this is why the cost of soldered bee knives can be substantially less. The original Laguiole knives had forged bees.