This Laguiole knife is entirely hand made in the village of Laguiole and features a forged T12 steel blade. Handmade in the village of Laguiole, France Forge de Laguiole knives are truly and by far of the highest quality offered in the market today. Additionally, each one of this master piece is entirely handmade by the same craftsman to ensure pride in the completed piece
Handle Material: Juniper (Juniperus virginiana) AKA Aromatic Cedar - Harvested in France. Pistachio harvested in France or Italy. Closed length: 4.33 inches (11 cm) Open length: 8 inches (20.30 cm) Spring & Bee: One piece forged (no soldered bee). Blade: 3.67 inches (9.32 cm) - 3 mm thick made of forged T12 alloy. Weight: Approx. 85 grams (3 oz) Bolsters & Liners: Forged T12 Steel or Solid Brass depending on the model selected.
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.
Many Laguiole pocket knives from all most manufacturers, including Forge de Laguiole (7 cm knives) offer "soldered bees" models. Most Laguiole knives found on the market are solder bee 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. The original Laguiole knives had forged bees.