Laguiole Knives, Laguiole Spreaders, Laguiole Sets

The Laguiole knife is a high-quality traditional French pocket-knife, originating in the town of Laguiole in Aveyron region of southern France. Thanks to their elegant and distinctive lines as well as fine craftsmanship and expensive materials, they have achieved the status of a design classic.

Our knives are imported directly from manufacturers in both Laguiole and Thiers in France. They are both made with the same French authenticity of style and whether based on historic or geographic reasons, are truly authentic laguiole knives. With each knife you will receive a certificate of authenticity showing the name and address of the producer and all knives bear the logo of the French Knifemakers' Federation, or a blade stamp of authentication. (Continue reading below...)


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Laguiole 7 Piece Colored Steak Knife Set by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 7 Piece Colored Steak Knife Set by Jean Dubost
$96.00
Laguiole 24 Piece Everyday Flatware Set with Red Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 24 Piece Everyday Flatware Set with Red Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
$195.00
Laguiole 4 Piece Colored Spreader Set by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 4 Piece Colored Spreader Set by Jean Dubost
$49.95
Laguiole Folding Pocket Knife with Horn Handle, Sharpener and Leather Case by Jean Dubost
Laguiole Folding Pocket Knife with Horn Handle, Sharpener and Leather Case by Jean Dubost
$130.00
Laguiole Wooden Map of France Cheese Board and Cheese Knife by Jean Dubost
Laguiole Wooden Map of France Cheese Board and Cheese Knife by Jean Dubost
$37.00
Laguiole 24 Piece Everyday Flatware Set with Black Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 24 Piece Everyday Flatware Set with Black Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
$195.00
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knife Set with Ivory Acrylic Handles in a Wooden Case by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knife Set with Ivory Acrylic Handles in a Wooden Case by Jean Dubost
$170.00
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knife Set with Genuine Horn Handles in a Wooden Case by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knife Set with Genuine Horn Handles in a Wooden Case by Jean Dubost
$298.00
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knife Set with Stainless Handles in a Wooden Case by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knife Set with Stainless Handles in a Wooden Case by Jean Dubost
$196.00
Laguiole Folding Pocket Knife with Olive Wood Handle, Sharpener and Leather Case by Jean Dubost
Laguiole Folding Pocket Knife with Olive Wood Handle, Sharpener and Leather Case by Jean Dubost
$116.00
Laguiole Corkscrew and Bottle Opener by Jean Dubost
Laguiole Corkscrew and Bottle Opener by Jean Dubost
$29.95
Laguiole Olive Wood Carving Set in Wood Box by Jean Dubost
Laguiole Olive Wood Carving Set in Wood Box by Jean Dubost
$132.00
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knives with Mixed Wood Handles by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knives with Mixed Wood Handles by Jean Dubost
$298.00
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knives with Mineral Colored Handles in Wood Block by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knives with Mineral Colored Handles in Wood Block by Jean Dubost
$96.00
Laguiole Olive Wood Salad Spoon and Fork in Wood Box by Jean Dubost
Laguiole Olive Wood Salad Spoon and Fork in Wood Box by Jean Dubost
$136.00
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knife Set with Olivewood Handles in a Wooden Case by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knife Set with Olivewood Handles in a Wooden Case by Jean Dubost
$338.00
Laguiole Wine Waiter with Olivewood Handle and Leather Case by Jean Dubost
Laguiole Wine Waiter with Olivewood Handle and Leather Case by Jean Dubost
$136.00
Laguiole 12 Piece Forks and Knives Set with Linen Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 12 Piece Forks and Knives Set with Linen Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
$84.00
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knife Set with Tortoise Acrylic Handles in Wooden Case by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knife Set with Tortoise Acrylic Handles in Wooden Case by Jean Dubost
$318.00
Laguiole 3 Piece Cheese Set with Red Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 3 Piece Cheese Set with Red Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
$32.00
Laguiole Salad Spoon and Fork with Ivory Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
Laguiole Salad Spoon and Fork with Ivory Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
$29.00
Laguiole Corkscrew and Bottle Opener with Ivory Acrylic Handle by Jean Dubost
Laguiole Corkscrew and Bottle Opener with Ivory Acrylic Handle by Jean Dubost
$30.00
Laguiole Olive Wood Cheese Knife and Fork Set in Wood Box by Jean Dubost
Laguiole Olive Wood Cheese Knife and Fork Set in Wood Box by Jean Dubost
$140.00
Laguiole 3 Piece Breakfast Set with Linen Colored Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 3 Piece Breakfast Set with Linen Colored Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
$46.00
Laguiole 6 Piece Stainless Steel Steak Knife Set in Wood Block by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 6 Piece Stainless Steel Steak Knife Set in Wood Block by Jean Dubost
$110.00
Laguiole Stainless Steel Carving Set by Jean Dubost
Laguiole Stainless Steel Carving Set by Jean Dubost
$49.00
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knife Set with Black Acrylic Handles in Wooden Case by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 6 Piece Steak Knife Set with Black Acrylic Handles in Wooden Case by Jean Dubost
$170.00
Laguiole 3 Piece Cheese and Wine Set with Black Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 3 Piece Cheese and Wine Set with Black Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
$44.00
Laguiole 3 Piece Cheese Set with Red, White, and Blue Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
Laguiole 3 Piece Cheese Set with Red, White, and Blue Acrylic Handles by Jean Dubost
$44.00
Laguiole Serrated Bread Knife with Ivory Acrylic Handle and Wood Cutting Board by Jean Dubost
Laguiole Serrated Bread Knife with Ivory Acrylic Handle and Wood Cutting Board by Jean Dubost
$45.95


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The word Laguiole, pronounced "Lag-yoll", is not a brand name. It is the name of the village from which these knives originated. ( The pronunciation actually comes from the word Laiola which means "little church".) In the early 1900's, production in the village ended and this is possibly because a number of unrelated companies in southern France had been producing the knives more efficiently in these industrialized centers taking business away from the knives traditional home. The city of Thiers, a long established center of the cutlery industry was producing some 70% of all Laguiole knives from around the 1920's.

Local production of the knife in and around the town of Laguiole returned in the 1980's.. In 1988, two forging mills were built on the Laguiole production site: La Coutellerie de Laguiole and Forge de Laguiole started to produce the spare parts for the famous knife. Success was astounding. New products were born: table knives, forks and spoons, paper knives and corkscrews. In 1991 the 'Laguiole Origine Guarantie' trademark was established that guaranteed that knives with this trademark could only be made within this specific geographic territory.

Master Cutlers had been making cutlery in Thiers dating back to the 15th century, when the pureness of the water in the Massif Central was found to be excellent for tempering steel. Thiers had been the manufacturer of 99% of the Laguiole knives for the previous 80 years but demand shifted to knives made around the actual town of Laguiole.

In response to the drop in demand, Thiers set up its own cutlers' guild in 1991 known as the 'Confrerie du Coute de Tie'. This is what gave rise to the Thiers knife, a prototype of which was duly registered. Each member of the guild can produce a Thiers knife within the concept of the design.

Like 'Laguiole Origine Guarantie' the 'Confrerie du Coute de Tie' brand controls the quality, the territoriality and the concept of the knife design.

The design, itself, dates from the early 19th century with a farmer's knife from the village. According to legend, it was the Aveyron born Jaques Calmels, son of an innkeeper who invented the knife after an apprenticeship in cutlery production. The knife was first designed in 1829 and became the pattern for this style, the forged bee being its distinctive mark.

Classically there is a single blade, but sometimes a corkscrew or awl (puncher) are added. In 1840 the first awls appeared and were to help shepherds pierce the skin of sheep or cattle that had bloated from eating too much green grass. It was also used as a bodkin to perforate thin straps of leather. In 1880 they added a corkscrew in response to demands from waiters of the northern Aveyron and also as an essential accessory when the people from Rouerge went off to Paris, hoping to set up as coal merchants or innkeepers.

 

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