The Old School model is an approximate replica of some of the most common Laguiole knife designed found in France during the mid to late 1800s. he most drastic difference is the almost no existent file work on the spring top and the absence of any bolsters. As a result, the Laguiole of old were easier to make and were more affordable. It is important to note that such knives had a carbon blade as stainless steel was still not invented.
This knife was entirely 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 making contact with the inner area of the spring.
Handle Material: Stabilized burled beech "End-Grain" or "Bois Debout" harvested in France. End grain is the grain of wood seen when it is cut across the growth rings. Rather than cutting a plank of wood the length of the trunk, end grain wood is actually cut at a 90-degree angle to the grain. This type of cut exposes the character of the wood rings and graining. Blade: Stainless Swedish 12C27 steel, 3 mm thick. Hardness: 56-57 Hrc. Plates: 1.5 mm stainless + ebony liner. 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: ~ 76.5 grams (2.70 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 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.