The Laguiole Nature Pocket Knife is the epitome of French craftsmanship. By integrating a Teflon-assisted lock back system and solid blade stop, this piece of art has ascended into one of our top picks. It's worth noting that the size of this knife also makes it an excellent choice for a folding steak knife.
Crafted entirely by a single expert, this knife hails from "Thiers," Europe's cutlery capital. Its unparalleled quality makes it one of the finest pocket knives on the market. Indulge in the pride of ownership from the Gilles® Fontenille Pataud collection and own a piece of exquisite French-made artistry.
Technical aspects: The exquisite 12 cm Laguiole knife is adorned with a forged bee, a full-length hand chiseled spring, and the renowned shepherd's cross (see photos).
Guilloche: The Guilloché series features additional chiseling of the spring, liners (top & bottom), and the entire blade top edge.
What is a Forged Bee? Check below where the bee and spring meet to detect a forged bee. They were likely forged from the same metal if there were no gaps. Conversely, a straight ridge or gap where the bee connects with the spring suggests the bee was soldered.
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 your favorite steak house? Check out our article (new tab) for the surprising answer.