This is a hand crafted traditional Laguiole pocket knife, renowned for its elegance and flawless finish. The handle is made of prehistoric fossilized woolly mammoth ivory.
This folding knife measures approximately 6-8" open and fully extended and the blade measures 2-3" in length.
Mammoth's roamed Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America until the last ice age, becoming extinct about 10,000 years ago. For thousands of years tusks in Alaska, Canada, and Siberia remained well preserved in the permafrost, only recently unearthed.
Often mammoth tusks are found by gold miners during the course of their placer mining activities or during the spring floods that wash tusks from frozen river banks.
Each tusk is unique and can come in dark browns, tans, blues "blue ivory", and even greens, which is very rare. The color of the tusk depends on where the tusk was found and the types of minerals that were present in the soil.
Mammoth tusks are very large and can weigh up to 300 pounds each and measure over 16 feet in length, a true testament to Alaska's grandeur and ancient history.
Laguiole knives reflect master craftsmanship, quality, and style. The assembly is done by hand and everything is mounted as a puzzle, assembled nested. The blade is high grade stainless steel, highly resistant to time, with a perfectly smooth blade, sharp and impeccable. The bolsters are brass or brushed steel versus aluminum bolsters. The bee is steel (brushed or not), and then welded to the knife, and not flat.
The Laguiole knife is originally a high-quality traditional Occitan pocket-knife, originally produced in the "knife-city" of Thiers where 70% of the French cutting tool production comes from, and in the small village of Laguiole, in the central region of France.