Laguiole Traditional Knife 12 cm Guilloche Burled Beech End Grain

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.

Guilloche: The Guilloché series exemplifies masterful craftsmanship on the spring, as well as both the upper and lower liners, in addition to the entire upper edge of the blade. The intricate design is both stunning and unique, making this collection a true work of art.

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.

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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.

You will receive the actual folding knife shown in the photos.
No one wants to view photos of a beautiful and unique knife and receive something not even close to the representative image; this is why we take pictures of each piece. Select your One-Of-A-Kind knife!

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The file work on the springs (top of handle) are individually hand filled by a French artisan, therefore all are different. Additionally, two handles made from the same material can have very different patterns.

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Stabilized burled beech "End-Grain" or "Bois Debout" in French harvested in France. End grain is the grain of wood seen when it is cut across the growth rings. Rather than cutting a plank of wood the trunk's length, end grain wood is actually cut at a 90-degree angle to the grain. This type of cut exposes the character of the wood rings and graining.

Pocket knives are shipped same business day from Florida when ordered by 4 PM Eastern time. UPS delivery can be expected in 1 to 3 business days depending on destination. International shipping options are available at checkout.

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Blade: Stainless Swedish 12C27 steel, 3 mm thick. Hardness: 56-57 Hrc.
Plates: 1.5 mm stainless.
Decorated Spring: 3 mm stainless - Hand file work
Blade Size: 9.53 cm (3.60")
Handle Size: 11 cm (4.72")
Open Size: 21.59 cm (8")
Weight: ~ 104.90 grams (3.70 oz.)

For best care, refrain from submerging in water and dry immediately. We recommend using Tuf-Glide Oil-Free Lubricant 1/4 oz Pen. Periodically apply a few drops of lubricant to the axle of all moving parts to maintain optimal performance.Sentry-Solutions Tuf Glide 1/4 oz. Pen-Applicator