Forge de Laguiole

Forge de Laguiole Collection 9 cm Thuya - A

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 mass-market Laguiole knives have a soldered bee and rarely a hand-chiseled spring top and bee. This collector's knife also features the iconic Shepherd's cross and a blade-stop to prevent the blade from making contact with the bottom of the spring.


Handmade in the village of Laguiole, France, Forge de Laguiole knives are truly and by far of the highest quality offered in the market today. Additionally, each masterpiece is entirely handmade by the same craftsman to ensure pride in the completed piece.

Thuya (Tetraclinis articulata) imported from Morocco's Atlas mountain region, North Africa.

The art of chiseling a "one of a kind" folding knife is very time-consuming, sometimes over 1 hrs to complete the spring & bee alone. Additionally, only the most skilled cutlers/artists can achieve this very complicated task. You can view the chiseling and filing stage on this YouTube video (new window).

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, including Forge de Laguiole (7 cm knives), 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 saves time and money; this is why the cost of soldered bee knives can be substantially less. The original Laguiole knives had forged bees.

5 unmounted chiseled spring and bee from forge de laguiole.

Hand wash only, do not immerse in water. We Recommend the use of Tuf-Glide Oil-Free Lubricant 1/4 oz Pen. Periodically place a couple of drops of lubricant on the axle of all moving parts.

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

Spring & Bee: One piece forged T12 (no soldered bee).
Blade: 3" / 7.60 cm long - 3 mm thick made of forged T12 alloy.
Size: Handle 9.4 cm - 3. 3/4"
Weight: Approx. 56 grams (2 oz.)
Bolsters & Liners: Forged T12 alloy.

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Forge de Laguiole pocket knives are shipped same business day from Florida when ordered by 2 PM Eastern time. UPS delivery can be expected in 1 to 3 business days depending on destination. International shipping options are available at checkout.