The Laguiole knife originated in Laguiole, France in the early 1820s. Later, its manufacturing was moved to the city of Thiers, France, which was more industrialized. This knife was crafted entirely by hand in Thiers, known as Europe's cutlery capital. The collection of "Gilles®" Fontenille Pataud knives is widely regarded as some of the finest French pocket knives available for purchase.
The Gilles series exclusively offers knives that are handcrafted by a single artisan, guaranteeing a sense of pride in owning the finished product. These knives are proudly created in France with a 100% made-in-France certification.
Technical aspects: This 12 cm handle knife features a forged bee, a full-length hand chiseled spring and the famous shepherd cross. This knife also features 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? To determine if a bee has been forged or soldered, inspect where it meets the spring below. If there are no gaps, it's likely that the bee and the spring were jointly forged. If there is a straight gap or ridge at that point, then it is a sign the bee was soldered.
Did you know that a 12 cm Laguiole folding knife can be used as a steak knife?
It has an open length of 8.3/4", which is slightly shorter than the standard steak knife that measures around 9". Have you ever wondered why some people prefer to use this type of knife at the dinner table or at their favorite steak house? You might be surprised by the answer, check out our article (new tab) to find out.
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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.
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Narra, Amboyna burl. Amboyna is technically not a distinct species but is the name of the burl of several of the Narra Pterocarpus indicus species. Amboyna is among the most expensive and sought-after of all burls and is frequently sold as a veneer or as small turning/craft blanks.
Blade: Stainless Swedish 12C27 steel, 3 mm thick. Hardness: 56-57 Hrc.
Plates: 1.5 mm stainless.
Decorated Spring: 3 mm stainless - Hand file work
Blade Size: 9.60 cm (3.80")
Handle Size: 12 cm (4.72")
Open Size: 21.60 cm (8.50")
Weight: ~ 95.5 grams (3.30 oz.)
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.