This 12 cm forged bee Laguiole folding knife is handmade in the village of Laguiole and has a forged bee and T12 steel blade. The traditional shepherd's cross is also featured on most models (check photos). Each has been crafted with pride by a single master cutler, ensuring that each masterpiece is unique to its craftsman's work ethic!
The Forge de Laguiole workshop operates in the tiny village of Laguiole, France - Pop. 1300 - where the famous knife first appeared in the early 1800s. Today, Forge de Laguiole represents the pinnacle of quality in the Laguiole cutlery business. Their reputation for integrity, ethics, and innovative designs has made this small 100 employees company the "Must Have" Laguiole luxury brand.
What is a Forged Bee? You can recognize a forged bee by looking 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.
A 12 cm Laguiole folding knife can be used as a steak knife; its open length is 8. 3/4" vs. ~9" for a standard steak knife. Why use such a knife at the dinner table or at your favorite steak house? Check out our article (new tab) for the surprising answer.
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 are 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. Most Laguiole knives found on the market are solder bee models. Adding the bee to the spring by soldering saves time and money; this is why the cost of soldered bee knives can be substantially less. The original Laguiole knives had forged bees.
A one piece "spring & bee" during forging
Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora) harvested in Gabon, Africa. Ebony is the darkest wood in the world and one of the few that does not float. Generally, Ebony trees are small and slow-growing. Worldwide demand for ebony wood is very high: it’s a high-quality hardwood that’s very hard, very strong, and most of all, very black. As a result, many species of Ebony have been banned from export.
Note that the international trade of Gabon Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora) used on this model is highly regulated.
Forge de Laguiole pocket knives are shipped same business day from Florida when ordered by 4 PM Eastern time. UPS delivery can be expected in 1 to 3 business days depending on destination. International shipping options are available at checkout.
The ultra-modern Forge de Laguiole workshop was created by French designer Philippe Starck and feature an 18 meters (58 feet) gleaming blade soaring into the sky above Laguiole.
* We provide free U.S. base warranty and repair support for Forge de Laguiole itemspurchased from one of our U.S retailers or Laguiole-Imports.com. Forge de Laguiole items purchased overseas or from an unauthorized retail channel will need to be shipped to France and back to the U.S. at the owner's expanse. The original retail channel will need to be contacted for assistance.
For best care, refrain from submerging in water and dry immediately. We recommend using Tuf-Glide Oil-Free Lubricant 1/4 oz Pen. Periodically apply a few drops of lubricant to the axle of all moving parts to maintain optimal performance.