Handmade in the village of Laguiole, France, the Forge de Laguiole collector's series feature the traditional shepherd's cross on most models (check photos). Each bee is individually hand chiseled and registered to each craftsman. The spring and blade top are entirely hand filed. Each knife is completed by the same craftsman (or craftswoman) to ensure pride in the completed piece.
The Forge de Laguiole workshop is located in the tiny village of Laguiole, France - Pop. 1300 - where the Laguiole knife first appeared in the early 1800's. Read more about Laguiole's history. You can also become a Laguiole cutlery expert by learning the the facts.
Handle Material: Juniper (Juniperus virginiana) AKA Aromatic Cedar - Harvested in France
Size: Handle 11 cm - 4.3/8" - Blade 3. 5/8" Weight: ~ 3 oz
Please note: You will receive the actual knife pictured above.
Metal Parts:Produced exclusively for Forge de Laguiole, T12 steel combines durability, rust resistance and ease of sharpening. Forge de Laguiole unique methods of forging, combined with tempering, give this knife a perfect cutting edge. T12 steel comes from the Isere region of France. Beware of manufacturers that are offering 12c27 Sandvik stainless steel and are using terms like "Forged in Laguiole " (or wherever they want you to believe they are). 12c27 stainless steel is a great metal, but the blades of such knives are stamped from sheath metal.
All Forge de Laguiole blades are made of forged T12 steel. Stamping a blade can reduce the cost of a knife dramatically.
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 (see "Evolution of a Collector's series knife" bellow). You can also recognize a soldered bee by noticing a straight gap/ridge where the bee meets the spring.
Many Laguiole knives from all makers, including Forge de Laguiole, offer "soldered bees" models. Most Laguiole knives found on the market are solder bee models. 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 like the one below.