An attractive Antique French Lagouile Folding Penknife. This penknife features a shaped hardwood grip and cut steel backstrap. The blade is marked to the famous French cutlery makers, Lagouile. The ancestor of the laguiole is most likely the Arabo-Hispanic clasp knife of Andalusian Spain, the navaja and the design of the navaja was merged with that of local folding knives represented by older patterns such as the Capuchadou. The result of this was the laguiole.
The laguiole was first designed in 1829 by Jean-Pierre Calmels and his concept of the knife became the pattern for this style, with the forged “bee” symbol emerging as a distinctive trademark. In 1840 the first awl or “trocar” was added to the some laguiole knife patterns. All laguiole knives feature a slim, sinuous outline. Condition of the knife is very good. Blade length is 3.5 inches (7 inches overall).
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