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This elegantly designed 10.5 cm closed pocket knife incorporates a precision lock back mechanism to ensure that the blade locks securely when in use. The addition of Teflon washers will make sure that the blade action operates smoothly and safely during opening and closing. One-piece forged spring and "Bee".
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
The Guilloche series features a fully chiseled blade top as well as chiseled liners top and bottom.
Technical aspects: This 10.5 cm handle knife features a forged bee, a full-length hand chiseled spring and of course the famous shepherd cross on most models (check photos). 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: Ebony harvested in Gabon, Africa. Ebony is the darkest wood in the world and one of the few that does not float. Blade: 14C28N stainless steel, 2.50mm thick, 58-59 Hrc. Plates & Bolster: 1.2 mm stainless. Decorated Spring: 2.5 mm stainless - Hand file work Blade Size: 8.20 cm (3.22") Handle Size: 10.5 cm (4.13") Open Size: 18.7 cm (7.36") Weight: ~ 56.7 grams (2 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.