is a real “LAGUIOLE”?
term Laguiole is and its famous bee insignia are often
copied and abused....
like “champagne” can only be from Champagne in
France, a true Laguiole is handcrafted in or very
close to the village of Laguiole in the Aveyronnas
region in the South of France. This area is one of
France's most rural, and well known for its cattle.
Craftsmen have made famous knives there for centuries.
The farmhands were known to use cow horns for knife
handles, and a true carving art ensued. Within the
village, there are a few true craftsman companies,
among which Aubrac, Sabot and David are among the best
known names. When you get to know the knives, you will
recognize the hand forged springs, where the bee or
fly is forged in one piece into the spring, you will
recognize the fine “guilloche” or scroll work on
the metal between the left and right handle, made of
the most beautiful materials. You will no longer be
fooled by knock-offs. The next-door village of Thiers,
France’s capital of cutlery, is also known for its
Laguiole knives, although its cutlery is more
industrially made and less authentic as the ones from
the original village of Laguiole. For more
detailed information on
Laguiole visit the History page in this site History