Laguiole Knife: What is a Laguiole knife ?

The Laguiole knife appeared in Aubrac in the 1820s. Since then it has metamorphosed. The first straight knives have quickly been replaced by folding knives. Because they are hand-forged, the Laguiole knives have several distinguishing features that guarantee their quality and their origin. How to recognize a Laguiole knife? Let’s find some answers with the cutlery Sabatier K.

Manufacture of a Laguiole knife

Laguiole is a prestigious brand because it comes from a unique artisanal expertise. The knives are manufactured using traditional methods. A Laguiole knife is a collector knife. It has a stainless steel or steel blade and a handle made in regional wood, ivory, horn or bone. It is to know that the nature of the materials used in a Laguiole knife is always specified on the certificate of authenticity. Laguiole knives’ blades are numbered.

Laguiole knife distinctions

To recognize a brand Laguiole knife, we must distinguish the following:

The bee spring or fly spring must be present. This is small piece of metal that was originally used to facilitate the closure of the knife. Today, the fly is simply decorative and stands as a representative mark of the brand. It is forged with the spring as the two elements form a single piece. It may also take the form of a four-leaf clover or a scallop, referring to the way of Santiago de Compostela crossing the Aubrac.

The shepherd’s cross is present on Laguiole knives since the late 19th century. This cross refers to the one sketched shepherds in bread during transhumance to say their prayers.

A rosary is present on the blade of Laguiole knives. The notches simply represent the days of the week.

Tips

A Laguiole knife can be a collector knife! Some knives have been built and decorated at the request of customers wishing to purchase a unique knife. For more details on the origin or the authenticity of a Laguiole knife, it is possible to contact the Forge de Laguiole.