Laguiole is not a trademark, as too old. It is part of the public domain, that is why anybody can make knives with Laguiole brand.
The genuine Laguiole knife is manufactured through 170 operations manual made by expert craftsmen.
We respect this tradition of manufacturing in our plant in Lezoux, near Thiers.
The name of our Laguiole band is "laguiole Le Fidele" - always engraved on the blade of our knives.
There are several laguiole manufacturers who work with the same process and produce high quality knives.
However, there are a lot of fake laguiole knives that are made from molds in China and even in France.
Do not forget that a laguiole knife is handmade with very high quality raw material, that is why you can not find Laguiole knife at a low price.
A genuine Laguiole must include :
Handle with high quality raw material (real horn, wood...)
The assembly is done by hand and everything is mounted as a puzzle, assembled nested. Fake knives are glued.
The blade is a high grade stainless steel, highly resistant to time. The true Laguiole have a perfectly smooth blade, a sharp and exceptionally brilliant impeccable.
Fake knives have a blade with poor quality steel, and are not resistance over time.
The bolsters are brass or brushed steel. Fake knives have aluminum bolsters.
The bee is steel (brushed or not), and then welded to the knife. The bee is flat on fake knives. Most of the time it is glued on it, that is why it brakes very often.
Shepherd's cross (5 rivets) on the handle is the result of a manual collation of a traditional knife.
The weight of the knife is different, much heavier than fake one.
We work in a traditional way, guarantee our products for life against defects in workmanship and have never had a return of non-satisfaction.
Why the shepherd's cross is not present on all knives of the website :
5 rivets makes the Shepherd's cross visible as s you can see on the following assembly plan
In some cases, we add more rivets, 9 for example on the following knife. You can see the Shepherd's cross and 4 more rivets. This makes the knife more solid and design.
Finally, in certain cases, we do not pierce the raw material because it is too brittle and we do not want to weaken it (ram or Mammoth-Tooth Molar for example - photo below). In this case, the 5 rivets of the shepherd's cross are not visible on the handle because only the main rivet is visible. The other 4 rivets fix the knife inside the handle.