This Laguiole knife is entirely hand made in the village of Laguiole and features a forged T12 steel blade, bolster and liners. Forge de Laguiole knives are by far the highest quality offered in the market today. Additionally, each one of this masterpiece is entirely handmade by the same craftsman to ensure pride in the completed piece.
Handle Material: Ebony harvested in Gabon, Africa. Ebony is the darkest wood in the world and one of the few that does not float. Closed length: 4.33 inches (11 cm) Open length: 8 inches (20.30 cm) Spring & Bee: One piece forged (no soldered bee). Blade:3.67 inches (9.32 cm)- 3 mm thick made offorged T12 alloy. Weight: Approx. 56 grams (2 oz.) Bolsters & Liners: Forged T12 alloy.
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.
Many Laguiole pocket knives from most manufacturers offer "soldered bees" models. Most inexpensive Laguiole pocket knives found on the market have solder 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 like this one.