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My Laguiole arrived! It’s a beautiful piece of work, and wicked sharp. They didn’t quite buff out all the tool marks; perhaps that’s to show it’s really hand made. I like the little engraved curlicues down the…hmm…do they call it the “tang” on a folding knife?

I spent some time pressing on that knob at the base of the blade (the bee; it’s a trademark) and thinking I was weak or stupid when I couldn’t get it to release. Both, it turns out — it’s not a locking blade.

I’ve been waving it around and shouting, “I weel CUT you!” but nobody else seems to find that funny. Buncha sourpusses.


Comment from SteamBoat McGoo
Time: April 25, 2007, 6:21 pm

Is that the word “Weasel” along the – back? – of the blade?
I can’t quite make it out.

Since you scared all the sourpusses, you can call it “Weasel’s Wuss-Whacker”. Neat knife!

Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: April 25, 2007, 8:10 pm

Oooh very nice! So what did the final cost work out to be? I keep going back to look at the damascus steel ones. So pretty, so expensive.

Comment from TattooedIntellectual
Time: April 26, 2007, 12:23 am

Very, very pretty! I second Enas’ question. Horribly expensive, or just mildly painful? My brother graduates HS soon and I’m thinking one of these might make a nice gift. He might actually keep up w/ it.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 26, 2007, 5:02 am

It’s still their special of the month. It’s a framed site, so I can’t link directly to it, but go to their website, hit “welcome” for the English version, and click “Special of the month” in the sidebar. The price is $50 and change but there’s also shipping and duty and the exchange rate (the euro is flying high at the moment), so I won’t know what the final cost is until the credit card bill comes. Still, for a handmade knife, that’s not bad.

Give it six weeks or so. They don’t make it until you order it, and shipping takes a while, too.

It’s a little weirdly balanced; the blade seems too big for the handle. There’s something…French about that.

Comment from TattooedIntellectual
Time: April 26, 2007, 5:16 am

The exchange rate on anything sucks at the moment. I’m currently in New Zealand and the NZ dollar has gone from being US$.66 to US$.78. Gah!

Comment from Muslihoon
Time: April 26, 2007, 1:54 pm

What do y’all use the knives for?

Or they collectables, like books?

Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: April 26, 2007, 2:49 pm

What do y’all use the knives for?

Don’t hurt him Weasel – he knows not Our Ways.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 26, 2007, 4:05 pm

Oh, we just wantssssss it, my preciousssss. Yes we doessss. It is ourssss. It feels so good in our handses….

Comment from Lokki
Time: April 27, 2007, 2:25 pm

Is it a high carbon blade? I carry a tiny Boker that keeps a fabulous edge, but is gray as my mother-in-laws pubic hair.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 27, 2007, 3:10 pm

Hm. I wonder why your comment was held for moderation. Was it “pubic hair” or “mother-in-law”?

It’s the shiny, shiny steel, unfortunately. They somehow managed to put a murderous edge on it, but I don’t know if I’ll have a hard time keeping it that way. I’ve got a razor strop around here that might help.

I have an old Case knife that I can keep a beautiful edge on. The blade is pretty much a dull, dark brown.

Comment from Lokki
Time: April 27, 2007, 3:40 pm

Well,I was trying to be accurate; she dyes the hair on her head. However, I won’t use either word again as both images of her make me shudder.

I’m in love with that Laguiole Racer model… hope they’ll put that one on sale soon.

Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: April 27, 2007, 5:36 pm

Actually Weasel I looked up the type of steel they used: 12C27. It’s stainless yes, but it’s one of the harder varieties around, similar to 440 stainless you find more commonly here in the U.S. I think you’ll find that it holds the edge pretty well.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 27, 2007, 5:39 pm

Ah, but I don’t like 440 stainless. The hardness is the problem. It holds an edge, but once it’s lost it, it’s damned hard to resharpen it. The softer, less shiny blades are easier to hone in the regular way.

Comment from Frit
Time: September 13, 2010, 6:22 am

I have a small lock blade my mum gave me years ago that has a plain horn handle, but the blade itself is Damascus steel. Abso-frickin-lootly gorgeous! Takes and keeps a nice edge too. *Dookadookadook!*

Comment from Lolo
Time: February 8, 2012, 5:11 pm

12C27 is best than 440 (don’t think there is more harder).
I bought one Laguiole last year here (I received the same belt sleeve you have on your picture) : http://www.laguiole-french-knives.com

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