The bee is a traditional symbol on our knives. The legend goes that the Napoleonic imperial symbol was attributed to the citizens of Laguiole by Emperor Napoléon himself as a tribute to their courage shown in the services to the emperor.
Since the Laguiole knife first appeared in the 1820s, the spring has been decorated with a whole variety of motifs. Each craftsman sculpted a pattern that reflected both his inspiration and talent. Many older models were decorated with the scallop shell carried by pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela, four-leaf clovers or animal heads.
The bee became the standard decoration from 1909 onwards. Forge de Laguiole continues to honor this tradition and makes models with traditional bees as well as customized springs. Each bee and each spring is hand-sculpted in the traditional manner.