Laguiole…the real deal!

April 10th, 2013 § 0 comments

Laguiole Knives

Laguiole Knives

Laguiole, pronounced /lɑːˈjɔːl/ “la-yoll”, is a generic term, not legally restricted to any one company or place of manufacture.

But in fact, Laguiole is a place, a small agricultural town in the Aubrac uplands of central France, about 350 miles directly south of Paris. It was in this little town, around 1829, that knife makers began to blend techniques of French and Spanish style single blade knives into what is now known as a Laguiole knife. From that moment forward, artisans around the country, around the world, began to emulate the form. Today, regardless of how many different “Laguioles” you see, there are few knife makers actually located in the town. This authenticity of place is directly linked to quality! Honestly, it can be a little confusing, but we’ve done the research in order to bring the best, the real deal!

Our assortment of Laguiole single blade knives are from Forge de Laguiole, in Laguiole,France and are 100% made by hand. Each knife is crafted by one artisan, start to finish, no assembly line, no machine fabrication. Assembly of a single Laguiole involves more than 50 separate activities, including the blade being roughed out, forged, polished and finished. The natural handle material is cut and shaped and the springs, liners, bolsters and flies are all made by hand. Everything is done in the same manner it was nearly two centuries ago.

We’ve selected two sizes; one small and one large. The smaller has a 2.25″ blade and is 5″ overall and the larger has a a 3″ blade and is 6.75″ overall. Both have all natural wood handles; Juniper, Snakewood, Rosewood or Olive-wood.

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