The forge at Montezic
Local production of the Laguiole knife saw its Renaissance in the early 1980’s, after having declined in the 1920’s, a result of industrialized manufacturing in the city of Thiers.
 

Out of respect for the local cutlery traditions to which the original Laguiole knives owe their celebrated quality, four cutlers came together to create a forge in Montézic, a small village just a stone’s throw from Laguiole. This was the real return to the original techniques used in every stage of Laguiole knife production.

 
 
METAL WORKING AT THE FORGE
 

Metalworking: the steel, spring-plate, the fly and the awl

Traditional Carbon Steel :
- It sharpens easily and holds an excellent edge.
- It is very soft, and wears-out quickly
- It tarnishes and rusts.

12 C 27 “Sandwik” Stainless Steel :
This steel has all the advantages of other steels, but not the disadvantages :
- It sharpens easily
- It holds an edge
- It never rusts.

The brass and stainless steel work, from the raw materials to the cutting of the bolsters and side-plates.

Solid bolsters and side-plates are stamped using special, locally produced dies. It is from these brass rods that the bolsters are stamped and then mounted on the side plates, where they reinforce the handles. Next, they are drilled for the brass pivot pins. This same process is used for new materials, such as brilliant or brushed stainless steel.

 
 

Water polishing

Mould for side plates
 

Examples of finished metalwork produced at the forge

Fixing