Technical aspects: This 12 cm handle knife features a forged bee and a solid hardened blade stop to help prevent the blade's edge from making contact with the inner area of the spring.
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.
Most inexpensive Laguiole pocket knives found on the market have a soldered bee. The process of 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 - welding was not invented until 1881.
Blade: Stainless Swedish 12C27 steel, 3 mm thick. Hardness: 56-57 Hrc.
Plates: 1.5 mm stainless
Decorated Spring: 3 mm stainless - stainless steel Z20c13
Blade Size: 9.65 cm (3.80")
Handle Size: 12 cm (4.5/8")
Open Size: 21.65 cm (8.50")
Weight: ~ 76.5 grams (2.70 oz.)