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Forge de Laguiole

Virgilio Muñoz #169 Pocket Knife - Grape & Barrel Wood

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DETAILS

This one of a kind 12 cm full handle pocket knife was entirely handcrafted by Master Virgilio Muñoz in the village of Laguiole. This masterpiece features entirely handle chiseled forged bee and spring. The handle is made with oak barrel wood. This knife is signed by Mr. Muñoz on the back of the blade (see photos). A signed certificate as also provided with this knife.
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 1800's.

About Virgilio Muñoz

Virgilio Muñoz was awarded the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best French Craftsman) in 1986 in the collector's knife category. Each one of his knives are custom-made to order. Each model is an exceptional piece and a unique achievement. Virgilio Muñoz signs each of his knives with his initials: MV. Each knives is a works of art with a precise fit, a perfect finish, a beautiful choice of materials and a wonderful design. Virgilio was born in Spain in 1955.

Something to consider
Virgilio Muñoz is retiring this year (2019), knives like this one will never be available again.

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CONSTRUCTION & SIZE

The blade and spring of this knife are 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, gives this knife a perfect cutting edge. T12 alloy comes from the department of Isère, France and is exclusively made for FDL.

Closed length: 4.72 inches (12 cm)
Blade length: 3.86 inches (9.8 cm)
Open length: 8.58 inches (21.8 cm)

WHAT ARE FORGED BEES AND SPRINGS?

 

You can recognize a forged bee when you look just below it, where it meet the decorated spring. If you do not see any gaps its 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 where the bee meet the to of the spring. Most Laguiole knives from all makers including Forge de Laguiole feature "soldered bees" 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. Fact! The original Laguiole knives had forged bees.

What is a Chiseled bee & Spring model and why does it cost so much more then a standard forged bee?
There are many reasons a Laguiole knife can cost a lot more then an other model of similar size and material. The finish of the metal, the construction of the spring and bee and above all the chiseling of the spring and bee. Most Laguiole knives do not have a forged bee and much less have a hand chiseled spring and bee. The art of chiseling a spring & bee is very time-consuming, sometimes over 1 hrs. In addition to this only the most skilled cutler / artist are used achieve this very complicated task. Pictured above is a before and after forged spring/hand chiseled bee. As you can imagine this is not an easy task.

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