10,000 years old fossilised mammoth ivory and Damascus steel make this valuable Laguiole knife an incredible piece of craftsmanship!

 
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Here you see an exquisite Le Fidéle CISELE product with a handle from mammoth ivory.

This line of premium quality CISELE edition Laguiole knives with the handle made from 10,000 year-old mammoth ivory is something really special. The blade is manufactured by hand from extremely hard Damascus steel. Every knife, with its handle from mammoth ivory, is a unique masterpiece of perfection and style.

Special features: The knives of “Le Fidèle” have blade protection which prevents the cutting edge hitting the spring.

History of Damascus Steel

One of the first problems to arise in early smithery practices was that a choice had to be made between hard but brittle iron and soft but tough, flexible iron; hard and tough iron was not possible. Flexible types of iron rarely broke in combat, but also bent easily and each strike would leave nicks and dents. Robust iron types and the like, made hard through a simple hardening process (the result of which is known as “steel”), remained sharp for long periods of time and could better withstand combat; as a consequence, however, they would shatter suddenly if put under excessive stress – these shards, unfortunately, tended to hit not only the enemy, especially during training. It was thus the goal of the smiths to unite the best characteristics of the two types of iron while eliminating their respective disadvantages. Archeologists have attested first attempts at this process as far back as 2500 years ago.

The production process

The smiths eventually succeeded in combining the two types of iron by layering hard and soft packets on top of one another and forging the together. This process was carried through in multiple steps:

First, the iron packets needed to be heated until they were white-hot, after which they were flattened. Next, the billet was cut along either its length or width and the two halves were finally laid one atop the other.

These four steps equates to one folding, meaning the number of layers double. Normally starting with three layers, 384 layers would be attained after only seven correctly executed folds. This number would generally be a bit less in the forging process as some loss does occur. In Europe, this number usually falls anywhere between 300 and 400 layers. Japanese blades may have up to 1000 layers, achieved through around eight to nine folds. Blades with even as much as 1.2 million layers (meaning 18-19 folds) have also been discovered.


Knife handle can differ from illustrations


The variation in grain, natural growth and markings left by animals or weathering gives each handle a unique quality. Therefore, the images of our products serve as visual examples; the actual knife you receive may vary slightly in appearance.


Every cutler whose knives are offered through Original-Laguiole fulfills the strictest business regulations of the CITES conference for the protection of species for the use of tropical products in its grip plates.



The product you receive may vary from the products in the images. This is due to the variation in coloring and grain of the different types of wood, horn, etc. We will be happy to send you over WhatsApp or eMail a recent photo of the item in our warehouse!

Here is a PDF-file with the differences between the LAGUIOLE knives! --> PDF-File: 3,1 MB
  • Damascus Laguiole kinfe handle made from mammoth ivroy
  • Blade length (cutting edge without ricasso): 9.2 cm
  • Handle length: 4 3/4" or 4.7 in
  • Extremely sharp Damascus blade

 

Differences to the Classic Edition: 

 

  • Wider embellishments on the back
  • Slighty more voluminous blade

Grip plates made from mammoth ivory

This ivory originates from the tusks of mammoths that died out nearly 10 000 years ago. Mammoths are a species of elephant with a coat of long fur and powerful, upward-curving tusks. They survived until the most recent ice age in Eurasia and North America. Remains of these imposing beasts have been found primarily in the permafrost of northern Siberia and Alaska. This excavated mammoth ivory, also known as “black ivory”, is considered structurally and esthetically more interesting than that of African elephants. The material is characterized my cracks, ruptures and coloration which it received after being preserved in the ground for over 1000 years.

Russian experts depart every year during the short Siberian summers on daring expeditions north of the polar circle in order to track down remains of mammoths, which can range from skeletons and teeth to fully preserved animals. Mammoth tusks measure many meters in length and are distinctively twisted. Each expedition produces approximately two to three tonnes of tusk yearly, although up to five tonnes have been reported in the past. After going through scientific evaluation, a certain amount of the find is cleared for trade. These fascinating finds tell a story that’s over 10 000 years old, having been retrieved from fossilized Siberian mammoths (mammuthus primigenius). The edge pieces are polished with a lively and partly rugged surface pattern. These knives are a unique rarity for every knife collector.

Every cutler whose knives are offered through Original-Laguiole fulfill the strictest business regulations of the CITES conference for the protection of species for the use of tropical woods, horns, corals and ivory in its grip plates.

 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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