Laguiole 9 cm are consider "modern gentleman" knives. They are small, light, fits in any front pocket and are non threatening. All knives found in the collector's series are entirely hand chiseled (thus the price). Additionally the bee's unique design and shape can be traced back to the very craftsman that chiseled it. In other words, if you were going to the village of Laguiole and visit the workshop (please do) you could show your knife and meet with the artist that created it.
Please note: Since all knives in the collector series are unique each one showed on the photos is the actual knife that you will received! Tip: Look for the chiseling on the bee and spring, they are all unique.