Olivewood Laguiole Shepherd's Knife

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Traditionally carried by the shepherd's and cattle herders in the Aubrac region in France.

A 'Shepherd's Cross' consisting of inlaid metal pins forming a cross can be found on the handle of some Lagiuiole knives from the end of the 19th century to the present day. This embellishment is a reference to a legend of Catholic shepherds in need of a cross for prayer during their seasonal migrations between the mountains and the plains. Far from any chapel or cathedral, the shepherd would thrust his opened Laguiole blade-down into the earth, exposing the visible cross on the handle for purposes of prayer.

The 'bee' on the spring is a reference back to Napoleon, the bee being adopted as a dynastic symmbol in recognition of the courage of local soldiers.