How to recognize a  genuine Laguiole knife

Genuine Laguiole knife with certificate

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.


 How to recognize a truth Laguiole knife

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

Laguiole 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.

Laguiole knife

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.

Laguiole knife

TRADITIONAL LAGUIOLE KNIFE 2 BRASS BOLSTERS - 90€/102€

1 - 12C27 stainless steel blade of a thickness of 3 mm to the stub.
2 - Two shiny brass bolsters.
3 - Traditional welded bee.
4 - Traditional stainless steel spring, traditional guilloché. Brass plates.
5 - Brass shepherd's cross (5 rivets).
Dimensions : 22cm Open (8.7in), 12cm (4.7in) Closed.

Brass is less and less used, in favor of stainless steel, giving Laguiole knives a more modern style.

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TRADITIONAL LAGUIOLE KNIFE 1 INOX BOLSTER - 90€/98€

1 - 12C27 stainless steel blade of a thickness of 3 mm to the stub.
2 - One stainless steel bolster.
3 - Traditional welded bee.
4 - Traditional stainless steel spring, traditional guilloché. Stainless steel plates.
5 - Stainless steel shepherd's cross (5 rivets).
Dimensions : 22cm Open (8.7in), 12cm (4.7in) Closed.

With handles in Brown Horn, or in Blonde Horn; the stainless steel bolster is shiny (polished) and not brushed.
Few handle materials, which are more brittle, cannot be used for Laguiole 1 bolster knives.

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TRADITIONAL LAGUIOLE KNIFE 2 INOX BOLSTERS - 90€/102€

1 - 12C27 stainless steel blade of a thickness of 3 mm to the stub.
2 - Two stainless steel bolsters.
3 - Traditional welded bee.
4 - Traditional stainless steel spring, traditional guilloché. Stainless steel plates.
5 - Stainless steel shepherd's cross (5 rivets).
Dimensions : 22cm Open (8.7in), 12cm (4.7in) Closed.

With handles in Brown Horn, or in Blonde Horn; the stainless steel bolster is shiny (polished) and not brushed.

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LAGUIOLE KNIFE FULL HANDLE - 123€/143€

1 - 12C27 stainless steel blade of a thickness of 3 mm to the stub. Hand guilloched blade, 3 patterns.
2 - Forged bee on forged spring.
3 - Stainless steel forged spring. Hand guilloched spring, 3 patterns. Stainless steel plates.
4 - Wood or horn full handle, no bolster. Stainless steel rivets.
Dimensions : 22cm Open (8.7in), 12cm (4.7in) Closed.

Guilloché pattern :

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Forged springs are much stronger than traditional springs with their welded bee.
Few handle materials, which are more brittle, cannot be used for Laguiole full handle knives.

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LAGUIOLE KNIFE PRESTIGE - 138€/156€

1 - 12C27 stainless steel blade of a thickness of 3 mm to the stub. Hand guilloched blade, 3 patterns.
2 - Two stainless steel bolsters.
3 - Forged bee on forged spring.
4 - Stainless steel forged spring. Hand guilloched spring, 3 patterns.
5 - Stainless steel rivets, star design.
6 - Stainless steel plates, hand guilloched, indented with ebony wood wafers of 2mm.
Dimensions : 22cm Open (8.7in), 12cm (4.7in) Closed.

Guilloché pattern :

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Forged springs are much stronger than traditional springs with their welded bee.
With handles in Brown Horn, or in Blonde Horn; the stainless steel bolster is shiny (polished) and not brushed.

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LAGUIOLE HUNTING KNIFE FULL HANDLE - 99€/126€

1 - 12C27 stainless steel blade of a thickness of 3 mm to the stub.
2 - Forged bee on forged spring.
3 - Stainless steel forged spring. Hand guilloched spring, 3 patterns.
4 - Wood or horn full handle, no bolster. Stainless steel plates. Stainless steel rivets.
Dimensions : 22cm Open (8.7in), 12cm (4.7in) Closed.

Guilloché pattern :

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LAGUIOLE KNIFE WITH DAMASCUS BLADE - 400€/1.200€

1 - Damascus stainless stell blade DS93X, "Twist" pattern, , +/- 120 layers.
2 - Damascus stainless stell blade DS93X, "Vinland" pattern, +/- 120 layers.

Damas steel DS93X is made with two different steels of different hardness.
This steel is highly corrosion resistant, it has a unique cutting capacity and a very high quality cutting edge.

This Damascus blade does not oxidize, is easy to maintain and corrosion resistant.

Clean the blade with water and dry it well before closing the Laguiole knife.
Sharpen your blade regularly, don't wait until it stops cutting.


3 - Damascus blade in carbon steel is hand forged with +/- 520 layers.

It is an outstanding handcrafted Damascus blade.
The Damascus carbon steel blade can oxidize over time, giving it a slightly gray patina.

We advise you to clean the Damascus carbon steel blade after each use:
Wash the blade quickly with water

Dry it immediately afterwards with a soft and dry cloth.
Grease the blade lightly with edible oil.
Store the Laguiole knife in a dry place well protected from humidity.

The advantage of this Damascus carbon blade is to be very easy to sharpen. The cutting edge is always of a very high quality.

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