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This elegantly designed 10.5 cm Laguiole pocket knife incorporates a precision lock back mechanism to ensure that the blade locks securely when in use. The addition of Teflon washers will make sure that the blade action operates smoothly and safely during opening and closing. One piece forged spring and "Bee".
Consider this: This knife is entirely handmade in Europe's capital of cutlery "Thiers." The “Gilles®” Fontenille Pataud collection of knives are considered by many to be some of the best pocket knives money can buy. All Knives offered by Gilles are entirely made by a single craftsman from start to finish ensuring pride of ownership of the final piece.100% Made in France. Technical aspects: The spring is made from 3 mm thick stainless steel Z20c13 and features a blade-stop that helps maintain the edge of the blade. The spring's top, is hand-chased with a file: This denotes artisan quality, unlike mass-market knives that have welded springs and are machine decorated. The file work details create a unique knife, making each knife one of a kind.
Handle Material: 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. Blade: 12C27 Swedish stainless steel, 2.5 mm thick, 56-57 Hrc. Plates: 1.2 mm stainless. Decorated Spring: 2.5 mm stainless - Hand file work Spring & Bee:One piece forged (no solder bee) Lock-back system: 2.5 mm thick Z20c13 stainless steel Handle Size: 10.5 cm (4.13") including back lock release Open Size: 18.7 cm (7.3/8") Weight: ~ 56 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 French 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 such knives can be substantially less.