10,000 year old fossilised mammoth ivory and Damask steel form this precious knife with the highest craftsmanship!

 
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Here you see an exquisite Le Fidéle CISELE knife with handle made from mammoth ivory.

This edition of premium quality Laguiole knives - CISELE Edition - is something very special as the handle is made from 10,000 year old mammoth ivory.  The blade was forged by hand and is from extremely hard Damask steel. A masterpiece of perfection and style with a handle of mammoth ivory. Every knife is unique, a piece of art manufactured to perfection.

Special features: Le Fidéle’s knives have blade protection which prevents the cutting edge hitting the spring.

History of Damask Steel 

From a historical point of view, ‘smiths initially had the problem that they could produce either hard, but brittle iron or soft but ductile iron. Ductile types of iron did not break in battle, but they would bend easily and carry a deep indentation from each stroke made. Types of brittle iron, ones which were possible to strengthen through simple techniques (these were later to be called: steels), remained sharp for a long time, were more robust than the ductile types of steel, but shattered suddenly if put under too much stress especially during training – and in battle, unfortunately, these broken pieces would not always strike the opponen.

It was now the aim of the ‘smiths to combine the fine features of brittle and ductile types of iron in the sword, without the known negative effects of these types of iron. The first experiments to combine the advantages of brittle types of iron with the ductile ones have been detected by archaeologists back to 2500 years ago.

The production process 

The ‘smiths succeeded in combining the steel types by laying hard and soft iron packages on top of each other and linking them through forging. This forging process was continued in several steps:  

Firstly, heating of the iron package to white heat and secondly, the iron package is drawn out flat. In a third process this billet is parted longitudinally or transversely and finally, the two halves are laid on top of each other.

These four steps are the equivalent of one folding, where the amount of layers are doubled. Under the premise that the ‘smith starts with three layers, after 7 flawless folding operations a quantity of 384 layers will have been formed - arithmetically speaking -  but because of the loss during the forging process it will actually be a little bit less, though. 300-400 layers are the usual minimum in Europe and America. Japanese blades have approx. 1000 layers (arithmetically approx. 8-9 foldings) and blades with even 1.2 million layers have been found (approx. 18-19 foldings).


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
  • Damask Laguiole knife, handle from genuine mammoth ivory
  • Length of blade (cutting edge without ricasso): 92mm
  • Handle length: 4 3/4" or 4.7 in
  • Extremely sharp Damask blade

 

Differences to Classic Edition

 

  • Wider chiselled sculpturing on the spine
  • The knife is also a bit fuller

Handle scales are from mammoth ivory.

Mammoth ivory refers to the tusks of the mammoth which became extinct 10,000 years ago. Mammoth were a species of elephants with mighty upwards angling tusks and longhaired fur. Until the coming of the last ice age, it roamed the cold steppes of Eurasia and North America. Remains of these impressive animals are nowadays found mainly in the Northern permafrost region of Siberia and in Alaska.

The mammoth ivory stemming from archaeological finds, also called “black ivory”, is more interesting in structure and colour than the ivory of the African elephants. Due to its preservation throughout the millenniums, this material is characterised by cracks, fractures and colour nuances. Every year during the short Siberian summer, Russian experts adventurously track, in large-scale expeditions, to the North of the Polar Circle, for the remains of mammoths. They find skeletons, tusks and also full animals, completely preserved by the ice. The tusks of mammoths are several metres long and twisted in an unusual way. On one expedition, up to five tons of tusks were found, but currently it is just two or three tons per year.

After scientific evaluation, parts of a finding are released for commercial purposes. These fascinating findings tell a story of more than 10,000 years, which is obtained from the fossilised tusks of the Siberian mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius). Edge pieces, with a lively and partly rugged surface pattern, are polished. These knives are a unique rarity for every knife collector.

 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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