laguiole corkscrew, Wine Opener amourette Handle
Laguiole Corkscrew, Wine Opener
Size : 12 cm (4,73 in) closed
Raw material of the handle : amourette wood
Bolsters : 2 stainless steel bolsters
Raw material of the blade : Stainless steel blade 12C27
Brosimum guianense, the amourette wood or speckled letter, is a South American tree in the Moraceae family.
Its wood is very dense and can recall patterns of snakeskin. That is why it is called Snakewood in English and Schlangenholz in German.
However, it should not be confused with Guyana snakewood which is a little less dense, less rare and less valuable. The French name of "lettre mouchetée" finds its origin in an ancient use of this wood: because of its solidity, it was used to make block letters, while the small black spots which adorn this wood earned it the adjective of amourette.
It comes from Guyana and Suriname most often. It is used for musical instruments (violin bows), for knife handles and for turning precious objects like pens. The trunks are small and the sapwood is often removed during felling, which is why only small objects can be made in love.
It has been well known in France, at least since the 18th century as evidenced by the article in the Encyclopedia "The Art of the cabinetmaker", by M. Roubo fils, master carpenter, published in 1774: "Amourette est un bois heavy and compact, yellowish in color, somewhat reddish, and streaked with reddish brown. "