Laguiole knives were inspired by the Arabo-Hispanic
knife, the Navaja. Local men who migrated to Spain
in winter as pit-sawyers brought this knife back
as souvenirs. Local cutlers and tinkers blended
the Navaja with a local knife of the time, the
Capouchadou, thus creating what came to be known
as the Laguiole.
1840 : The first awls
appeared to help shepherds pierce the skin of sheep
that had bloated from eating too much green grass.
1880 : The corkscrew made its début,
in response to the demands of men from northern
Aveyron who had gone to Paris to work as waiters
The shepherd’s cross which is set in the handle acts as a rosary. The knife
was planted upright in the bread with the cross facing front. Shepherds, who
spent many months on the high summer grazinAg lands, far from any churches, were
thus able to do their daily prayers.