The Laguiole knife originated in Laguiole, France in the early 1820s. Later, its manufacturing was moved to the city of Thiers, France, which was more industrialized. This knife was crafted entirely by hand in Thiers, known as Europe's cutlery capital. The collection of "Gilles®" Fontenille Pataud knives is widely regarded as some of the finest French pocket knives available for purchase.
The Gilles series exclusively offers knives that are handcrafted by a single artisan, guaranteeing a sense of pride in owning the finished product. These knives are proudly created in France with a 100% made-in-France certification.
Technical aspects: This 12 cm handle knife features a forged bee, a full-length hand chiseled spring and 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.
What is a Forged Bee? To determine if a bee has been forged or soldered, inspect where it meets the spring below. If there are no gaps, it's likely that the bee and the spring were jointly forged. If there is a straight gap or ridge at that point, then it is a sign the bee was soldered.
Did you know that a 12 cm Laguiole folding knife can be used as a steak knife? It has an open length of 8.3/4", which is slightly shorter than the standard steak knife that measures around 9". Have you ever wondered why some people prefer to use this type of knife at the dinner table or at their favorite steak house? You might be surprised by the answer, check out our article (new tab) to find out.
Cattle Bone (Bovine, France). Note that it is not unusual to find areas of different shades of beige or/and small streaks of darker colors within the bone. These features only contribute to the uniqueness of such material.