Forge de Laguiole Tradition 12 cm Horn Tip with Awl
This is a Laguiole Corkscrew knife with Awl, also called a Laguiole 3 piece: One of the hardest to find and misunderstood Laguiole knives. To understand the true purpose of this tool you first need to know that the Laguiole knife was a Cattlemen's tool, more about the Awl. The corkscrew was added to the Laguiole knife in the 1880s. This addition was the result of the sale of corked wine bottles in urban society, but also in response to the request by the people of Aveyron who had left to find work in the cafes of Paris. Cafe owners and waiters were to remain loyal to their traditions.
This Laguiole knife is entirely hand made in the village of Laguiole and features a forged T12 steel blade. Handmade in the village of Laguiole, France Forge de Laguiole knives are truly and by far of the highest quality offered in the market today. Additionally, each one of this master piece is entirely handmade by the same craftsman to ensure pride in the completed piece
Handle Material: Horn Tip from domestic cattle. The tip of the horn is the hardest and most durable, Inferior horn handles are made from the bottom of the horn which will warp with time. Spring & Bee: One piece forged (no soldered bee). Blade: 3.25 / 7.90 cm long - 3 mm thick made offorged T12 alloy. Size:Size: 12 cm / 4: 5/8 in (closed) 21.7 cm / 8.5/8 in (open) Weight: 3 oz - 84 g Bolsters & Liners: Forged T12 alloy
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 all most manufacturers, including Forge de Laguiole (7 cm knives) offer "soldered bees" models. Most Laguiole knives found on the market are solder bee 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.