Forge de Laguiole Galucha Handle by Virgilio Munoz Caballero - Ultimate Collection

by: Forge de Laguiole - Made in Laguiole, France



  • Forge de Laguiole 12cm Genuine Galucha handle. This one of a kind Laguiole folding knife was entirely handcrafted by Master Cutler VIRGILIO MUÑOZ CABALLERO in the village of Laguiole. Virgilio was awarded the title of France best cutler in 1986. Forge de Laguiole knives are truly and by far of the highest quality offer in the market today. Please click on " Size & Construction " tab above for more details about this Forge de Laguiole masterpiece. 

  • Note: The Forge de Laguiole workshop is located in the village of Laguiole, France where the Laguiole knife was invented in the early 1800s. More about Laguiole knives's history here . Become a Laguiole knife expert by learning the facts here

    Fact! Unlike most french Laguiole manufacturer Forge de Laguiole does not outsource any suppliers outside of France.

    What's included: Knife - Gift Box - Gift Bag - Forge de Laguiole Certificate - VIRGILIO MUÑOZ CABALLERO Signed Certificate - FREE FULLY INSURED DOMESTIC FEDEX OVERNIGHT SHIPPING to BILLING ADDRESS ( U.S. ONLY ) INCLUDED.

    Product SKU: M1212 F IN GALU

  • Size: 12 cm / 4.7 in (closed) 22.2 cm / 8. 11/16 in (open) - Weight: 4.5oz - ~ 127.5 grams 
    All metal parts: T12. Produced exclusively for Forge de Laguiole, T12 steel combines durability, rust resistance and ease of sharpening. Forge de Laguiole's unique methods of forging, combined with tempering, give this knife a perfect cutting edge. The T12 steel comes from the Isí_í‰re region of France. Beware.... of manufactures 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 mass produced / stamped from sheath metal rolls. All Forge de Laguiole knife blades are made of forged T12 steel. Stamping a blade can reduce the cost of a knife dramatically.
    Handle Material: Galucha AKA Shagreen is has hard as a tooth and was used as body armor over 300 years ago. Most cutler will refuse to work with galucha due to the difficulties associated with working with a material that is flexible and almost as hard a metal.  Please "google" "Galucha" to learn about this luxurious material.  - Please note: You will receive the actual knife presented on the photos.
    Spring Construction: Hand chiseled leaf design.
    Liners: Dual liner per side made of forged T12 and cold forged brass
    Blade: Forged T12 steel
    Handle: Dual T12 satin finish bolsters     
    The Bee: Mr. Munoz very unique "bee" design. Please note that all intricately created designs found on this knife were entirely handcrafted from a single piece of solid of T12 steel. In other words, the bee and the spring are made of the same piece of T12 steel. What is a Forged Bee? You can recognize a forged bee when you look just below it, where it meet the decorated spring. If you do not see any gaps its 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 where the bee meet the spring. Many Laguiole knives from all makers and prices offer"soldered bees" models, most laguiole knives found anywhere 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. Fact!:The original Laguiole knives had forged bees. What is a Chiseled bee & Spring model and why does it cost so much more then a standard forged bee? There are many reasons a Laguiole knife can cost a lot more then an other model of similar size and material. The finish of the metal, the construction of the spring and bee and above all the chiseling of the spring and bee. 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, sometime over 2 hrs for a knife like the one on this listing. In addition to this only the most skilled cutler / artist are used achieve this very complicated task. The birth of a hand chiseled forged bee pictured below.
  • Forge de Laguiole offers a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.Item will be replaced or repaired at the discretion of the *manufacturer. What is cover:Any product failure due to manufacturer defect. Issues like bent screw or blade will be repaired but are not cover by the manufacturer warranty.We offer free warranty support (click here for details). Please contact us with any warranty claims, do not send item to France directly as it may not be handled correctly. *Disclaimer: The above warranty is offered by the manufacturer not Laguiole Imports. Laguiole Imports cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from a warranty claim.
  • This Forge de Laguiole folding knives is made of T12 steel, this type of metal does not require any maintenance. Please do not immerse your knife in water or place it in the dishwasher, doing so will be detrimental to the handle material and will void your warranty. Periodically place a couple drops of lubricant on the axle of all moving parts. We recommend the use ofoil free Sentry-Solutions-Tuf-Glide 1/4 oz Pen Applicator here.
    • We do not engrave knives from this collection ( Sorry, no exceptions ).
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