This elegantly designed pen knife combines compactness with a precision lock-back mechanism, ensuring a secure blade lock. With its small size, the Laguiole XS 9 cm (3.5 inches when closed) is perfect for a gentleman's suit pocket or a lady's handbag. The bee and spring of this knife are fabricated from a single piece of stainless steel, showcasing intricate craftsmanship. Along with the spring file work, the liners, and blade's top are also exquisitely chiseled.
Guilloche: The Guilloché series beautifully displays intricate chiseling techniques expertly applied to the spring, both liners (top and bottom) and the entire blade's top edge. The outcome is nothing short of a mesmerizingly crafted masterpiece.
The "Gilles®" Fontenille Pataud knife collection is widely regarded as some of the finest French pocket knives available, leaving no doubt about their quality. Every knife is proudly 100% Made in France.
Technical aspects: The Teflon-assisted lockback system ensures smooth and effortless opening and closing. Additionally, the knife boasts a sturdy, hardened blade stop to prevent the blade's edge from touching the spring's inner area. These meticulous details, combined with unparalleled craftsmanship and attention to precision, make each knife genuinely unique. Fontenille Pataud knives are proudly made in France with utmost quality and dedication.
You will receive the actual folding knife shown in the photos.
No one wants to view photos of a beautiful and unique knife and receive something not even close to the representative image; this is why we take pictures of each piece. Select your One-Of-A-Kind knife!
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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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Stainless Steel needle/studs inlay - Horn Tip from domestic cattle. The tip of the horn is the hardest and most durable; inferior horn handles are made from the bottom of the horn, which will warp with time.
Studded Work: Stainless Steel needles/studs inlay are each inserted and cut by hand. This stunning diamond shape artwork is exceptionally time-consuming and can only be carry-out by Fontenille Pataud's most skilled artisans.
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 Swedish stainless steel, 2.5 mm thick, 58-59 Hrc.
Metal Finish: Shiny
Plates: 1.25 mm stainless.
Decorated Spring & lock-back system: 2.5 mm stainless - Hand file work
Blade Size: 7.40 cm (2.92")
Handle Size: 9.30 cm (3.66") including back lock release
Open Size: 16.7 cm (6.57")
Weight: ~ 44 grams (1.6 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.