Handmade in the village of Laguiole, France, the Forge de Laguiole collector's series feature a forged bee. Additionally, 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 artisan 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 1800s.
Handle Material: Horn Tip from domestic African Zebu. 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.
Spring & Bee: One piece forged + hand-chiseled (no soldered bee).
Blade: 3.5/8" / 9.20 cm - 3 mm thick made of forged T12 alloy.
Size & weight: Handle 11 cm - 3.33" Approx. 85 grams (3 oz.)
Bolsters & Liners: Forge T12 steel
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Technical aspects: The blade of this knife is forged from T12 steel. This non-stainless metal alloy combines the durability and ease of sharpening found with carbon steel but without the rusting issues. Forge de Laguiole unique methods of forging, combined with tempering, gives this knife a perfect cutting edge. T12 alloy comes from the department of Isère, France and is exclusively made for FDL. The bolsters are made of solid cold forged brass and, as with all brass items, the bolsters will require periodic cleaning.
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.
What is a Chiseled bee & Spring model and why does it cost so much more than a standard Laguiole Knife?
There are many reasons a Laguiole knife can retail for much more than another model of similar size and material. The finish of the metal, the construction of the spring and bee and above all the chiseling and filing of the spring & bee all contribute to the added cost. Most Laguiole knives do not have a forged bee and much less have a hand-chiseled spring top and bee. The art of chiseling a spring & bee is very time consuming, sometimes over 1 hrs for a knife like the one bellow. Additionally, only the most skilled cutler/artist are used to achieve this very complicated task. You can view the chiseling and filing stage on this YouTube video.
can be substantially less. The original Laguiole knives had forged bees.
What's Included: Pocket knife - Gift box - Forge de Laguiole Certificate - Warranty & Repair Support