Laguiole Full Handle 12 cm Damascus Pocket Knife "Exception" Ironwood

The Laguiole knife first appeared in the tiny village of Laguiole, France, during the early 1820s. Several decades later, manufacturing expanded to the more industrialized city of Thiers, France, where this knife was made.
This knife was handmade in Europe's capital of cutlery, "Thiers." The "Gilles®" Fontenille Pataud collection of knives are considered by many to be some of the best pocket knives money can buy. All Knives offered by Gilles are entirely made by a single craftsman from start to finish ensuring pride of ownership of the final piece.100% Made in France.

Technical aspects: This 12 cm handle knife features a forged bee, a full-length hand chiseled spring, and of course, the famous shepherd cross. This knife also features a solid hardened blade stop to help prevent the blade's edge from contacting the inner area of the spring.

Blade: 3 mm thick Rose™ DS93X™ pattern Stainless Damasteel, 56-57 Hrc. Forged in Sweden.
Plates: 1.5 mm stainless.
Decorated Spring: 3 mm stainless - stainless steel Z20c13 - Hand file work
Blade Size: 9.65 cm (3.80")
Handle Size: 12 cm (4.5/8")
Open Size: 21.65 cm (8.50")
Weight: ~ 79 grams (2.80 oz.)

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.

Most inexpensive Laguiole pocket knives found on the market have a soldered bee. 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.

You will receive the actual folding knife shown in the photos.
No one wants to view photos of a beautiful and unique knife and receive something not even close to the representative image; this is why we take pictures of each piece. Select your One-Of-A-Kind knife!

Things to Look For
The file work on the springs (top of handle) are individually hand filled by a French artisan, therefore all are different. Additionally, two handles made from the same material can have very different patterns.

You need to know

  1. If you do not checkout after adding this unique folding knife to your cart, someone else may purchase it.
  2. If you purchase this knife, the unique product photos shown may be replaced by the time you receive it.

Desert Ironwood (Olneya tesota) - World hardest wood and one of the most difficult to work with due to its density. Color ranges from an orangish-yellow to a darker red or brown, with darker violet to black streaks. Some pieces may be almost entirely black. Harvested in Central America.

Studded Work: Stainless Steel needles/studs inlay are each inserted and cut by hand. This stunning diamond-shaped artwork is exceptionally time-consuming and can only be carried out by Fontenille Pataud's most skilled artisans. 

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.

leather sheaths and warranty by fontenille pataud france

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