R. Chazeau 'Laguiole' 10cm folding knife. 12c27 stainless steel blade. Ebony wood handle scales. Slip-joint mechanism. Closed length 100mm, open length 182mm, cutting edge 75mm. 38 grams.
The R. Chazeau brand is made by Coutellerie Chazeau-Honore in the village of La Monnerie-le-Montel, in the Thiers region of France. They specialize in a variety of French style folding and table knives.
The Laguiole knife has a distinctive design influenced by the Spanish Navaja. A smaller more tactile version was made for the sheep herders on the Aubrac plateau in France, and was named after the town Laguiole. In addition to the iconic ‘bee’ or ‘fly’ on the spring, typically they feature a semi yataghan shaped blade, a slip joint mechanism with a slim tapered handle made from natural material, traditionally cow horn.
The name and design of ‘Laguiole’ fell into public domain, and can legally be manufactured all over the world by anyone, so it is important to distinguish the different makers of the Laguiole style, as there are vast differences in quality of manufacture and material.