Laguiole 12 cm "Exception" range, Full handle Needles model, Ironwood, Delicate file work

Laguiole 12 cm "Exception" range, Full handle Needles model, Ironwood, Delicate file work - LAIGBFDI4


  • Matt polished
  • Shiny polished
  • No inlay , classical bee (as shown on the picture)
  • Rose Damascus Steel, 120l
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Sober, elegant and timeless, the Laguiole knife 12 cm folded leavings the most famous french knife. We wanted a handmade and high-end Laguiole knife: massive forged bee, freehand file worked spring and taditional shepherd's cross. This Laguiole knife is like the whole of our production: 100% Made in France.

Customize your knife

Customize your knife

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.

Hand chiseled and forged spring

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.

Traditional Shepherd's cross inlayed

Traditional Shepherd's cross inlayed

Legend reports the shepherds of the Central Massif used their knife in the ground to pray, this cross remains a characteristic sign of the Laguiole knife.

Stainless steel damascus blade

Stainless steel damascus blade

The Damascus steel we’re using is from Damasteel® and the patterns will last the life of the knife.

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 traditionnal, which features a forged bee and a hand chiseled spring. Much more than knives, our Laguiole made in France are true life partners.

Technical details

Delicate filework: file work is more delicate, all is freehand made.

Traditional Laguiole knife signed by Gilles: a solid bladestop is provided on all of our springs, that shall keep a long time the edge of the blade, the traditionnal bee is forged into the spring. These details create a unique Laguiole knife, making each knife one of a kind.

These stainless Damascus models can be collected or used as everyday carry. The Damascus steel we’re using is from Damasteel® and the patterns will last the life of the knife. The Damascus Laguiole knife is a premium choice for connoisseurs.

Arizona Ironwwod, USA. 8mm scales. Fully hand chased & décorated with "needles" to up grade and beautify your knife.

Size and weight: 12cm folded, 21.5cm open, approx. 80grams.  

Blade: Swedish 'Rose' stainless Damascus, 120 layers. Hardness: 56-57 Hrc.

Spring: The 'Bee' spring is made from 3mm thick stainless steel Z20c13. A solid bladestop is used in all of our springs. That helps maintain the edge of the blade.

Included: Numbered guarantee certificate, genuine leather pouch.



Customers testimonials

My Laguiole arrived today and it is a real work of art, which I will treasure and eventually pass down to my son (not too soon I hope) One day I hope I will be in a position to buy a Damascus version.

Phil K. (UK)

Hello,Merci, Knife arrived yesterday, excellent finish to knife, very pleased with lettering.

Tjalling V. (Netherlands)

The Chamois that I ordered for my son came last week and it is beautiful. He is thrilled with it and I know will treasure it for the rest of his life.

Alex D. (USA)

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The quality of our manufacturing enables us to give you a lifetime manufacturer's guarantee.


We shipped our knives worldwide since 1999.

100% Handmade in France

Fontenille Pataud was founded in 1929 and quickly became recognized as a manufacturer of high-end knives.