This Laguiole knife is entirely hand made in the village of Laguiole and features: Forged T12 stainless blade, bolster and cold-forged brass liners. This piece also features the traditional shepherd cross found on most high-end traditional Laguiole cutlery and a hand-chiseled spring top and bee. Handmade in the village of Laguiole, France Forge de Laguiole knives are truly and by far of the highest quality offer in the market today. Additionally, each one of this masterpiece is entirely handmade by the same craftsman to ensure pride in the completed piece.
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' 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 - Certificate from manufacturer
- Size: 12 cm / 4: 5/8 in (closed) 21.7 cm / 8.5/8 in (open)
Handle Material: Horn Tip / Buffalo - Africa (the tip is the strongest part of the horn) 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, it is 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 meets the top of the spring. Most Laguiole knives from all makers including Forge de Laguiole feature "soldered bees" 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.
Metal: Forged T12 steel combines durability, rust resistance and ease of sharpening. Although T12 will not rust it is not stainless steel, it's a unique "hybrid" metal alloy. Forge de Laguiole's unique methods of forging, combined with tempering, give this knife a perfect cutting edge. The T12 steel comes from the Isere region of France. Beware of manufacturers that are offering 12c27 Sandvik stainless steel and are using terms like "Forged in Laguiole " (or where ever they want you to believe they are). 12c27 stainless steel is a good stainless steel, but the blades of such knives are usually stamped from sheath metal. All Forge de Laguiole blades are forged from T12 steel rods. Stamping a blade reduce the cost of a knife's blade dramatically. More details about forging here.
What is a Chiseled bee & Spring model and why does it cost so much more than a standard forged bee?There are many reasons a Laguiole knife can cost a lot 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 of the spring and bee. Most Laguiole knives do not have a forged bee and much less have a hand chiseled spring and bee. The art of chiseling a spring & bee is very time-consuming, sometimes over 1 hrs for a knife like the one here. In addition to this, only the most skilled cutler/artist are used achieve this very complicated task. The birth of a hand chiseled 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 covered by the manufacturer warranty. We offer free warranty support ( click here for details). Please contact us with any warranty claims, do not send an 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 guarantee claim.
- This Forge de Laguiole folding knife 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 of drops of lubricant on the axle of all moving parts. We recommend the use of oil-free Sentry-Solutions-Tuf-Glide 1/4 oz Pen Applicator here.
- Below is the approximate blade location areas. Please take a look at our engraving portfolio here to see past examples of engravings .
Below are the fonts available. Please keep in mind that most cursive fonts do not look good in "all caps." If you desire all caps engraving, please select a block font such as Roman, Century or Garamond. Click on a font's name to see the alphabet.
Most personalized orders leave same or next day depending on order time. However, please allow up to 2 business days during a couple of weeks preceding Christmas and Father's day. If you need reassurance, please call us at 860-245-2211 between 9 am & 5 pm EST Monday through Friday, and we will be able to provide you with a more accurate turnaround based on your particular needs. Please keep in mind that our engravers do not work Saturdays and Sundays EXCEPT during the two weeks preceding Christmas and Father's Day. Please visit our " Shipping Schedule" page if you are planning on using one of our EXPRESS shipping options.
Engraved items cannot be returned unless we made an obvious mistake such as location, font or spelling. Location areas are "approximate." Our engravers will place engravings in the most "tasteful & appropriate" way. Please let us know if you have special requests regarding the order of words, size, etc. by calling us at 1-860-245-2211. We cannot accept returns on items that were not engraved the way you "assumed" they would be unless you provided us with accurate & comprehensive instructions that we did not follow.
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