The Korean series puts an unexpected spotlight on these iconic French knives. When a Korean series features an emblem of French know-how. In the Netflix series ” Squid Game “, which has just recorded the best start in the history of the platform, French internet users have noticed a surprising detail: Laguiole knives appear on the screen in the last two episodes of the first season. The shared screenshots indeed seem to leave little room for doubt.
When a Korean series features an emblem of French know-how.
In the Netflix series “Squid Game”, which has just recorded the best start in the history of the platform, French internet users have noticed a surprising detail: Laguiole knives appear on the screen in the last two episodes of the first season.
The shared screenshots indeed seem to leave little room for doubt.
These knives, distributed to the participants of the game in the series, have all the characteristics of the Laguiole: blade with an angular back, bee-shaped decoration, shape of the handle … By examining the images more closely, some Internet users have spotted a inscription on one of the knives appearing on the screen.
We ran an article on the Laguiole knife in the August 2021 issue. While we paywalled it when it first went up, I am sneaking a free version in for you in this piece. Just click the blue button below.
The process of making hardened wood is really quite simple, said Li. Wood gets much of its strength from cellulose, the substance that makes up the fibres of the wood.
Cellulose itself is a remarkably strong material, whose strength relative to its density is “higher than almost all the metals and alloys in the world,” said Li.
But cellulose comprises only 40 to 50 per cent of wood. So the first step in developing a higher-density wood-based material was to reduce the components that weren’t cellulose. In particular they targeted lignin, which acts like a kind of glue in normal wood, binding fibres together.
“We use chemicals to partially remove lignin. And after the first step the wood becomes soft, flexible and somewhat squishy,” said Li.
“So the second step is that we apply pressure. We also increase the temperature. The purpose of that is to really densify the natural wood and also remove the water, reducing its thickness to around 20 per cent of the original natural wood.”
I shared something about this last week, but this piece goes into more detail as to how the substance is made.
| Bushcraft, Hunting, & Survival, Industry News / New Products, Production Knives
KA-BAR and Jesse Jarosz just released a new version of their popular Turok fixed blade. This one is called the Camp Turok, and it sticks very closely to the design of the original while upping the blade length to shift the outdoor knife’s capabilities.
Based on a Jarosz custom, and named after a certain time-traveling dinosaur hunter, the Turok is a longstanding favorite in the KA-BAR fixed blade lineup. Like many Jarosz designs, it has a cool look, but the underlying profile is still simple enough that pretty much anybody can pick it up and know how to use it. Its 6.25-inch drop point blade slots nicely into the role of capable outdoor companion, and the dependable materials (1095 steel, polymer scales, Kydex sheath) ensure longevity and no unwanted surprises or maintenance issues.
I am going to see if KABAR will send us one of these to play with. Jesse is a good guy, great designer, and obviously KABAR builds a heck of a knife.
| Housekeeping/Contests, Industry News / New Products
World-famous tattoo artist and designer Luke Wessman and country-music star Tim Montana have teamed up to create three truly unique prize packages. One lucky winner will receive a custom Fender guitar, as well as three custom, American-made knives from the Gerber Custom program. Wessman drew artistic inspiration for the guitar design from Montana’s lyrics to his popular song “American Thread”. The phrase “Never Quit” as well as a bald-eagle in a traditional-style tattoo design further embody the American spirit.
Custom products are no strangers to either brand. Gerber launched Gerber Custom on the brand’s website in the Spring of 2020, offering customers the chance to create their own unique combinations for Gerber’s most popular fixed blade and foldable knives. Fender also launched a custom guitar shop in 1987 and has grown into the world’s preeminent maker of highly collectible, custom instruments operating in Corona, California…
Raised in the wilds near Butte, Montana, Tim Montana (yes, it’s his real name), entered the world as an off-the-grid thrill-seeker. He and his buddies would take to the nearby mountains to fish, hunt and raise hell as an escape from their rustic home lives — Montana grew up without electricity. Soon, however, he sought out a different high: the kind that only comes from performing live music. Eager to perfect the guitar playing he began when he was just 6 years old, he moved to Los Angeles to put his time in studying his craft.
Since then, Tim has released 4 studio albums (Iron Horse, Tim Montana and the Shrednecks, American Thread, Long Shots) and toured extensively throughout the US.
Find the definition of “self-made” in the dictionary, and Luke Wessman will be staring back at you. He’s a legendary tattoo artist and designer who came into tattooing in the late 90’s as a working class Southern California surfer. Luke has earned the respect of his peers, clients, and industry leaders thanks to a gentlemanly, straight forward, and no BS attitude. He is currently the owner and sole proprietor of the Summertown Inn Tattoo Parlor and can be found doing guest spots at tattoo shops around the world.
Register to win at this link. You can enter once per day.
| EDC, Knife & Accessory Review, Production Knives
Good quality is often hard to find. Good quality, at a good price, is often even harder to find. Fortunately, for guys and gals like me, always on the lookout for quality gear, there are options out there. Added bonus? When you can find solid, rugged, and affordable American gear. Gerber is one of those brands, I think. And with their new Gerber Sedulo Every Day Carry knife, the options just got a lot better.
Good gear doesn’t have to be American, of course. There is a lot of amazing gear out there from all over the world. But having options from all around the world isn’t always better. Too much stuff out there, especially from certain places, is just not good, and not worth the money — or the savings.
For many people, Gerber is a familiar brand. Gerber was founded in 1939, and is based in Portland, Oregon. They offer many products popular with hunters and the military, and have a solid enough reputation to accompany that legacy. However, Gerber has had some struggles over the years, both in the quality and reception of some of its products. Especially, with die-hard knife people.
Bear Grylls is a certified stud, and way cooler than most of us will ever be. But his line of Gerber products, packaged and sold at Wal-Mart, was a marketing misstep. It cheapened the brand and product line, and even worse, the public perception.
Given the nature of the typical Gerber customer, their products are a perfect fit for our typical SOFREP reader. With that in mind, when Gerber sent me their new Gerber Sedulo EDC knife to review, it piqued my curiosity.
Gerber’s domestically produced knives are very good. Their imports are a mixed bag. The Sedulo is the former, and very well regarded.
By experimenting with alternative methods of wood processing, scientists have come up with a new hardened form of the natural material that can be fashioned into sharp knives and sturdy nails. The team reports the resulting knives are nearly three times sharper than a standard dinner table knife, and can even be thrown into the dishwasher after use.
This hardy new form of wood is the handiwork of scientists at the University of Maryland, who set out to supercharge the material’s natural strength, which lies in the cellulose packed inside. Cellulose is the primary component of wood, accounting for 40 to 50 percent of the material, and itself has a higher strength-to-density ratio than many engineered materials, including ceramics, metals and polymers.
Cool tech, though I imagine its application will be more impactful on building materials than cutlery.