The composition of a genuine Laguiole folding knife

1 - Left handle
2 - Center pivot pin
3 - Nickel-silver pivot pin
4 - Awl
5 - Spring plate
6 - Dummy piece
7 - Right handle
8 - Right side-plate
9 - Nicke-silver pivot pin
10 - Left side-plate
11 - Front bolsters
12 - Back bolsters

 


Forged fly (or bee). The spring and the fly are forged as one piece.

      
                                         Hand engraving of the spring

The bee is welded onto the spring.

Hand-decorated blade


Several cutleries produce Laguiole knives in the two main locations: the Laguiole area, the cradle of the first Laguiole knives, and also in the area surrounding the city of Thiers, the capital of knife making in France. In each of these areas, different knife-making techniques are employed :



Industrial production, with assembly line techniques and mechanized shaping, decorating and assembly



Handcrafting, where a single person carries out each individual production step, manually, shaping, assembling and decorating the knife. Thus, each knife that passes through his hands its own unique qualities.

To be sure of the authenticity of a Laguiole knife, you should verify :


- Its exact origins
- The duration of the guarantee on its certificate
- The quality of the materials (all natural), their assembly and finish.


Hand-engraving of the spring


The quality of iron is stamped on the blade