LAGUIOLE, TRADITION IN A POCKET KNIVES
The early blacksmiths of Laguiole called the original knife the “capuchadou”, a multi-tool knife used by peasants of the Aubrac plateau. The blade of the knife was pointed and the handle made from oak or boxwood. In the 1820´s the first folding knife was produced, it was called: Laguiole Droit, the handle was made from bone or ivory with no decorated bee, and it was made in Laguiole until 1900.
Between 1850 and 1860 the current shape of the Laguiole appears and becomes gradually refined. The blade curves up slightly in the Yatagan style and the handle has an elegant shape.
In 1880 the Laguiole knife has a third piece added: the corkscrew, it became a sommelier. In 1900 the Laguiole is renovated he bee is sculpted with a flower style and the back of the spring is decorated with alternating triangular patterns. Using a file, the knives are shaped and decorated entirely by hand. Also that same year, knife manufacturing is at its highest level and 30 people are employed in the forges of Laguiole.
In 1909 the first bee appears instead of the floral motif. The ivory handles are carved and sculpted in various forms, including horse’s hooves, rattlesnake tails, butterflies, ram’s heads and clovers.
The elegance of Laguiole’s original line allows Laguiole-en-Aubrac cutlers multiple variations. The variety and beauty of natural materials remain their main sources of inspiration. Laguiole en Aubrac guarantees artisanal manufacturing, each pocket knife is a work of art, handmade by a single craftsman. Exquisitely shaped and perfectly balanced, with a design that has been refined by generations of cutlers, these knives will be in your family.
- Laguiole Advocate