This sleek pocket knife features a precise lock-back mechanism for secure blade locking during use. Teflon washers ensure smooth and safe operation while opening and closing the blade. The one-piece forged spring and "Bee" add to its elegance. With a 10.5 cm (4.10") handle, this compact Laguiole folding knife tackles everyday tasks with style and sophistication.
Handcrafted in Thiers, Europe's renowned cutlery hub, this knife belongs to the esteemed “Gilles®” Fontenille Pataud collection. Widely recognized as some of the finest pocket knives in France, all Gilles knives are created by a single artisan from start to finish, ensuring a sense of pride in the final masterpiece. Proudly 100% Made in France.
Technical aspects: Constructed from 3 mm thick Z20c13 stainless steel, the spring boasts a blade-stop that preserves the blade's sharpness. Hand-chased with a file, the spring's top exhibits exemplary craftsmanship, distinguishing it from mass-produced knives with machine-decorated, welded springs. The intricate file work renders each knife a unique masterpiece.
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The file work on the springs (top of handle) are individually hand filled by a French artisan, therefore all are different. Additionally, two handles made from the same material can have very different patterns.
You need to know
Snakewood aka Amourette (Brosimum guianense) is a gorgeous wood that originates mostly from Brazil's Suriname valley.
The part sold as snakewood is really the heartwood of the much larger tree. This wood is usually felled with axes and carried on the backs of natives over streams and through jungle areas.
Each tree felled is monitored, the Brazilian government has developed a strict permit process to control harvesting. The name was inspired by the snakeskin-like markings that decorate this exotic wood.
Initially deep red in color, snakewood changes color upon being exposed to air, making the wood eventually turn reddish-brown, as you see it today.
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.
Blade: 14C28N stainless steel, 2.50mm thick, 58-59 Hrc.
Metal Finish: Satin
Plates & Bolster: 1.2 mm stainless.
Decorated Spring: 2.5 mm stainless - Hand file work
Blade Size: 8.20 cm (3.22")
Handle Size: 10.5 cm (4.13")
Open Size: 18.7 cm (7.36")
Weight: ~ 56.7 grams (2 oz.)
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 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.
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.