"It is better to wear out, than to rust out." Frances E. Willard
When is a knife as handy as a lockback, but is not quite a lockback? When it is a real French Laguiole! This superb 4 3/4 inch (closed) knife (by Baladeo)is the perfect reflection of the quality workmanship and materials that have made Laguiole famous. The mirror polished clip blade, forged from 440 steel, doesn't close until you close it with a substantial press down.
The Laguiole name means excellence and heirloom quality. A single craftsman works on each knife, and the particular handworked design on the spring tells you which craftsman made it...According to legend, Napoleon was on his way to a campaign and stopped in the village of Laguiole. The shepherds were so honored with his visit they offered one knife to each of his marshals. Napoleon then authorized them to put the Imperial Bee at the junction between the spring and the blade. (See Inset) The back of the spring of the knife is even carefully fileworked with a beautiful design. The 4 inch single blade is made with 440 stainless steel. Stainless bolsters and liner complete this fine folder. Shown with Fossil Walrus Ivory dark. This little treasure will stun your senses - A perfect knife for your pocket or purse!
You also have your choice of any of our superb ivories and colors, as well as a scrimshaw etching as shown below. You may choose the option of an etching of a ship of your choice, or your own boat (sail or power)on one side - Just email or snailmail us a picture. Even add a hand scrimshawed picture of an animal. Of course, it comes with free scrimshaw personalization - up to 7 letters.
Below are the available colors of our fossil ivories. Our high quality fossilized ivories have been reclaimed from the ground after sharing the earth for up to 30 millennia! Even after all this time, Fossil Ivory remains warm and sensuous organic ivory; it is not petrified. It has developed its beautiful colors by taking up minerals from the earth and these colors are impossible to match in any contemporary ivories by modern processes.
These are our regular Scrimshaw Design Etchings. In addition to these designs, as an added option, you may send us a picture of your choice for a commission price quote.
We Use No Elephant Ivory, Nor Contemporary Ivories of Any Kind.
Every piece of Sperm Whale Ivory we sell, is registered with the Department of Commerce, and comes with a Department of Commerce registration number.
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Don't see exactly what you want? We also do commission pieces. Need a really special holiday or other gift? From jewelry, buttons (knitters take note!), knives, fountain pens, corkscrews, pistol grips, ball point pens and mechanical pencils, desk accessories, Fossil Ivory ship models, ship half hulls, Nantucket and Lightship Baskets, to custom whole Sperm Whale Teeth or whole Walrus Tusks. We handcraft fossil ivory sailing/nautical trophies to order. We will handcraft and even personalize any piece with a scrimshawed name, initials or design of your choice. Imagine an etching of your own boat [power or sail] on any of our pieces for a completely unique and personalized treasure or gift! (Our website is not large enough to show all of the different pieces we have made to order!) Just email us at email@example.com and let us know your needs!
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Every piece complies with the regulations associated with the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Maryland state environmental and ecological laws.
All of our designs are original and copyrighted.