These fine knives are individually handcrafted pieces of art and are renown in the cutlery world as some of the very finest Laguiole style knives.
Forge de Laguiole was established in 1987 to restore the craft of knife making in the small namesake town of Laguiole in South Central France. This small award winning company employs about 90 people. Each knife is crafted in the tradition of Laguiole knives made famous over the years by their design and quality.
Knives in this style were first produced commercially by Pierre Jean Calmels in 1829; corkscrews were added in about 1880 when the distribution of French wine in bottles, rather than barrels, became popular. Le sommelier, the contemporary corkscrew made by the Societe Laguiole, was introduced in 1995.
Today Forge de Laguiole hand crafts every single knife and corkscrew available from their company.
The fine standards of the original Lagioule knives are used in creating these contemporary knives. This means including the traditional bee on the back sprin as well as the sheperds cross created by the rivets, and using materials such as exotic woods, horn and the finest steel.