Forge de Laguiole Brass Tradition 12 cm Dark Horn Tip with Awl

This is a Laguiole Corkscrew knife with Awl, also called a Laguiole 3 piece

Crafting the three-piece Laguiole knife is a challenging feat and an increasingly elusive one at that. However, its true importance is often overlooked. The knife was originally designed as a Cattlemen's tool, with the "Awl" serving as a vital component.

The corkscrew was added to the Laguiole knife in the 1880s. This addition resulted from the sale of corked wine bottles in urban society and,  in response to the demand of Aveyronnais who emigrated to work in the cafes of Paris. Cafe owners and waiters were to remain loyal to their traditions.

This Laguiole knife is entirely handmade in the village of Laguiole and features a forged T12 steel blade. Handmade in the village of Laguiole, France, Forge de Laguiole knives are indeed the highest quality in the market today. Additionally, each of these masterpieces is handmade by the same craftsman to ensure pride in the completed piece.

What is a Forged Bee? You can recognize a forged bee by looking 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.

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A 12 cm Laguiole folding knife can be used as a steak knife; its open length is 8. 3/4" vs. ~9" for a standard steak knife. Why use such a knife at the dinner table or at your favorite steak house? Check out our article (new tab) for the surprising answer.

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As some retailers may make you believe, primarily by ignorance, the Awl is not a punch or a tool to take out knots; it is a rudimentary "Trocar." Most of us who did not spend years in medical school do not know what a Trocar is; it is a surgical instrument used to puncture body cavities.

Wondering why a cattleman would require such a specific tool? The answer lies in the fact that herds of cattle tend to wander off their allotted fields, even with the help of dogs. And when they do, they often end up in fields containing "Luzerne," a type of legume that produces nitrogen through its roots. This plant can cause "bloat" in animals if they overeat it or consume it when the grass is damp and young, as it contains more toxins at this stage.

Bloat is caused by the buildup of gas in the rumen of the animal, which is one of the four compartments of its digestive system. If not relieved in time, the resulting stomach pressure will lead to the loss of the herd. To save the ailing animal, cattlemen resorted to puncturing the stomach using available tools, such as barbed wire, nails, or even sharp sticks. This changed when the Awl was integrated into their knives, providing them with a reliable tool to save their animals.

The Awl has a unique shape and size, designed to prevent cattlemen from inadvertently injuring the animal by inserting it too deep. The triangular angles of the Awl result in a "clean" puncture which is relatively self-healing. While certain models feature decorative notches, they do not affect the Awl's functionality.


  • Closed length: 4.72 inches (12 cm)
  • Open length: 8 5/8 inches (20.30 cm)
  • Spring & Bee: One piece forged (no soldered bee).
  • Blade: 3.25 inches (8.26 cm) - 3 mm thick made of forged T12 alloy.
  • Screw & Awl: Stainless steel
  • Weight: Approx. 85 grams (3 oz)
  • Bolster & liners: Cold forged solid brass

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. 

Note:The horn handle of the item your receive may not be totally black but rather have some lighter areas. If you are looking for an absolute black horn handle please contact us before placing your order. If one is available we will place it aside before you place your order.

Forge de Laguiole 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.

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The ultra-modern Forge de Laguiole workshop was created by French designer
Philippe Starck and feature an 18 meters (58 feet) gleaming blade
soaring into the sky above Laguiole.
Forge de laguiole shop designed by French designer Philippe Starck

* We provide free U.S. base warranty and repair support for Forge de Laguiole items purchased from one of our U.S retailers or Laguiole-Imports.com.
Forge de Laguiole items purchased overseas or from an unauthorized retail channel will need to be shipped to France and back to the U.S. at the owner's expanse. The original retail channel will need to be contacted for assistance.

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.Sentry-Solutions Tuf Glide 1/4 oz. Pen-Applicator