Greencobra, here is some background story from Joyce and Sal about it...
the laguiole is a traditionnal design from south of France.
Spyderco produced a Laguiole "style" knife about 8 years ago. It was a front lock folder designed by Dennis LeMaire. We produced it in Seki. Steel was GIN-1. We designed our own "bee" for the traditional look. Quality was excellent. Came in Plain or serrated. Custom made leather sheath also had the "bee" embossed on the sheath.
It was/is IMO the best quality Laguiole ever to hit the market. We actually lost quite a bit of $ in the project.
Dealer support wasn't there and the model was dropped. One of the Spyderco crew just purchased one of the remaining pcs at the last Spyderco "Crew sale" last week.
They were, however, quite expensive. As I remember, Over $130 retail + sheath.
Denis Lemaire was an creative French Canadian cutlery designer, maker, and friend of Spyderco. In the early '90s Spyderco made a French-style Laguiole model which Denis had engineered and designed. He was adept at producing innovative concepts and was well-acquainted with French influenced cutlery designs. A folder named the AKMA was one of his inventions and is produced today by Florinox Cutlery of Thiers, France.
The Spyderco Laguiole debuted as a high-tech version of a time-honored design. It featured:
~ A front lock (developed by Al Mar and Harvey McBurnette), the first ever lock-back Laguiole
~ A handle of black Micarta with brass liners
~ Blade steel was G-2
~ The traditional Laguiole "bee" found its' appearance underwent a subtle, buggy make-over
~ Notably absent were the Spyderco round hole and a pocket clip
~ Notably present, Spyderco serrations
~ It came with a tooled leather belt sheath
~ Spyderco's French design was manufactured under the Ramco label in Seki City, Japan
The Laguiole was discontinued in 1995-1996 and the MSRP at that time was $119.95, the sheath $19.95.
Strange knife, a French design, Americanized with serrations and made in Japan....
My only complaint, the micarta handle looks to much like cheap plastic. maybe I'll change that in the futur.
Deacon, I was a bit lucky on this one, the seller was selling other spydercos at the same time (the last PIG) and I checked his other items for sale, bingo!