Our specialty: Personalize your knife (first name, initials, date...) with a beautiful engraving of the spring produced by a professional engraver. The engraving is performed before the file work (guillochage) and the heat treatment.
Its solid blade is safely locked while using, thanks to its precision mechanism, in addition this mechanism provides smoothness while using.
Hand chiseled and forged spring
The traditional bee is solid and forged into the spring. The spring and bee are then hand-chased with a file : This denotes artisan quality, unlike inexpensive mass market products that have welded springs and are machine decorated.
Stainless steel blade
The beauty of your blade is guarenteed for lifetime. We also offer a 60Hrc hardenned special RWL34 swedish powder stainless steel for those who love knives with a longer sharp edge.
Before the laguiole knife was the capuchadou knife, this basic knife had a fixed blade, a long drawn point and was made of thick steel. This old laguiole knife was a real tool for this people who used it in daily work: cook the meal, field work or animals care...
At this time, this first laguiole knife wasn't yet a folding knife and was handmade with rustic material.
In France, during several century, each region had his own knife, a big part of it disappeared although the laguiole knife which is become the most famous french knife in the world.
The laguiole design evolved years after years: fixed blade to folding blade, straight blade to "Yatagan" blade, bee spring and shepherd's cross, laguiole knife corkscrew and lock-back system.
Nowadays, the laguiole knife story is still evolving.
In the Fontenille Pataud workshop, our craftsmen traditionally handmade outstanding knives for several generations, as usual in the city of Thiers. Each one of our knifemakers hopes to create especially for you a sustainable product that will become your every day to carry.
We are proud to say that our knives are handed down and offered from generation to generation, such as the Laguiole with lock-back system, which allows a safe use. Much more than knives, our Laguiole made in France are true life partners.
If you find the Laguiole Sport too big, then the Laguiole Gentleman is for you. Its smaller size (10.5cm instead of 13cm) makes it easier to carry. That said, the Laguiole Gentleman is still is an efficient and fairly wide and tough knife. A solid blade stop is provided to hold a long life edge.
Handle:1st quality buffalo black horn tip; we do not use the cheap "genuine" hollow horn. Traditional Shepherd's cross inlayed.
Blade:3mm thick stainless steel Sandvik 14C28N, hardness:58-59 Hrc. We also can make the knife with RWL34 swedish powder stainless steel with a 60Hrc hardness: see options.
Size and weight: 10.5cm folded, 18.5cm open, approx. 125 grams.
Technical tips: Smooth and easy opening system. The 'Bee' spring with its lock-back secure system is made from 3mm thick stainless steel Z20c13. A solid hardenned bladestop is provided: that helps maintain the edge of the blade. The traditional bee is solid and forged into the spring. The spring and bee are then hand-chased with a file: this denotes artisan quality, unlike inexpensive mass market products that have welded springs and are machine decorated. These details create a unique Laguiole knife, making each knife one of a kind.