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.
Desert Ironwood (Olneya tesota) - One of the world hardest wood and most difficult to work with due to its density.
This increasingly rare wood comes from dead trees that have been left to dry in the desert heat for decades. As it starts to fossilize, the wood turns reddish brown with a golden hue and beautiful veining. The wood from this very slow growing tree can be well over 100 years old. Harvested in Arizona or Northwestern Mexico.
Good to know:Ironwood can sometimes show tiny knots or small depressions within the wood. This is not considered a defect but rather a characteristic of this wood.