Laguiole Knife with Corkscrew & Awl Marbled Horn Tip Brass Bolsters #2
√ Forged Blade √ One Piece Spring & Bee √ Made in Laguiole, France √ 4.72" Handle
This is a Laguiole Corkscrew knife with Awl, also called a Laguiole 3 piece pocket knife is one of the hardest Laguiole knives to find. To understand the true purpose of this tool you first need to know that the Laguiole knife was a Cattlemen's tool, more about the Awl.
The corkscrew was added to the Laguiole knife in the 1880s. This addition was the result of the sale of corked wine bottles in urban society, but also in response to the request by the people of Aveyron who had left to find work in the cafes of Paris. Cafe owners and waiters were to remain loyal to their traditions.
This pocket knife was entirely hand made in the village of Laguiole and features a forged T12 steel blade, bolster and liners. Forge de Laguiole knives are truly and by far of the highest quality offered in the market today. Additionally, each one of this masterpiece is entirely handmade by the same craftsman to ensure pride in the completed piece. The Forge de Laguiole workshop is located in the tiny village of Laguiole, France - Pop. 1300 - where the Laguiole knife first appeared in the early 1800s.
Handle Material:Horn Tip from domestic African Zebu. The tip of the horn is the hardest and most durable, Inferior horn handles are made from the bottom of the horn which will warp with time.
Spring & Bee: One piece forged. Blade: 3 mm thick made of forged T12 alloy. Blade length: 3.86 inches (9.8 cm) Size & weight: Handle 12 cm - 4.72" Approx. 95 grams (3.3 oz.) Bolsters & Liners: Forged T12 Alloy
Technical aspects: The blade of this knife is forged from T12 steel. This non-stainless metal alloy combines the durability and ease of sharpening found with carbon steel but without the rusting issues. Forge de Laguiole unique methods of forging, combined with tempering, give this knife a perfect cutting edge. T12 alloy comes from the department of Isère, France and is exclusively made for FDL. The bolsters are made of solid cold forged brass and, as with all brass items, the bolsters will require periodic cleaning.
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 (see "Evolution of a Collector's series knife" bellow). You can also recognize a soldered bee by noticing a straight gap/ridge where the bee meets the spring.
Many Laguiole knives from all makers, including Forge de Laguiole, 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 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.