The Handcraft Production
Each authentic Laguiole knife is therefore unique.
There are 109 production steps for a one-piece knife, 166 for a two-piece and 216 for a three-piece model. Let’s have a closer look at the path of the raw materials in a craftsman’s hands. This long process is what distinguishes true craftsmanship from mass production, and guarantees the unique qualities of each knife.

1 / The main quality criteria of local craftsmanship.
2 / Fitting, assembly and finishing process.
3 / The Horn Work.
4 / The Working of Precious Woods.
5 / Crafted pieces displaying the individual skill of each cutler

 

1 / The main quality criteria of local craftsmanship


- Individually hardened by hand
- Shaping and fitting are done by hand and to the craftsman’s eye.
- Each knife is assembled from start to finish in one sequence and by a single craftsman
- Hand decoration of the blade and spring

Back to the old way.


THE SPRING :
true to tradition, the spring is polished on the inside and forged as one piece with its fly.


THE SPRING STOP :
this prevents the blade from dulling when the user snaps it shut too fast.


THE CROSS : The Shepherd’s Cross


Examples of spring-plates with forged flies


Example of model bearing the “shepherd’s cross”

 

2 / Fitting, assembly and finishing process

After a rigorous quality control of parts created at the forges, the cutler begins the hand assembly and shaping of the knife. He will mark the end of his work by cutting a pattern into the hilt of the blade.

Each knife is assembled entirely by hand in the Laguiole Origin area by a single master craftsman, in the pure Laguiole tradition


                Hand polish of the bee and spring

                  Le travail de marqueterie

3 / The Horn Work

The first “Laguiole” knives had handles made of bone or horn, the materials most available at the time. Although this material provides a wide range of natural colors and patterns, one should note that there is a great difference in quality between the material taken from the tip of the horn (cow horn tip), and the lower hollow section (pressed horn).

The solid horn from the tip displays a much finer, more nuanced and harmonious pattern than horn taken from the softer, more fragile lower section..



4 / The Working of Precious Woods

 

From brut log to handle sized pieces

Easy to work, wood was quickly adopted as a material for the “Laguiole”. While the cutlers of yesteryear were limited to local species, however, today’s creativity and designs call for exotic and precious woods such as those used for marquetry.

These models are a joy to collectors and stand as visible testimony to the perfect marriage of steel, brass, stainless steel and wood.


Steam room where wood is stored


5 / Crafted pieces displaying the individual skill of each cutler

Each cutler has his own hand decoration. Laguiole en Aubrac crafted pieces bear the stamped signature of its cutlers on each forged spring-plate.