Our knives are made in Thiers, in Auvergne. Thiers’ cutlery-making tradition dates back to the 15th century, when the pure water flowing down from the Massif Central mountains gave steel tempering an exceptional character. Cutlery-making has become more modern of course, but Laguiole knives making remains a craft.
Knife assembly is a key step in the Laguiole manufacturing process. Our cutlery-makers take the greatest care when performing it since it is when you knife acquires its solidity, impeccable finish and perfect locking characteristics.
Our knives are adjusted by hand according to age-old methods. We guarantee their perfect finish, the quality of each of the elements they are made of as well as the seamless fit of all the components together. How serious are we about this ? Our Laguioles come with a lifetime guarantee.
Illustrating the knife assembly process
After a rigorous quality control of parts, the cutler begins the hand assembly and shaping of the knife.
Preparing of wooden boards is the first operation to prepare the handle
1 The plates are used as template cutting wood platelets to the right size
2 The wooden boards are adjusted to the shape of the plates
3 Wooden boards are pre-drilled for easy mounting of the knife
First assembly of the knife
1 The knife handle is assembled for the first time.
2 The curvature of the handle shaped by the use of an abrasive belt
Disassembly of knife handle
1 The handle is disassembled and the plates are polished
2 A roulette wheel adorns.The upper part of the plates
Final assembly of the knife
All parts are ready, now they have to be assembled
Bringing the finishing touches to the knife
One last go on the abrasive belt, to give the knife handle its gently curved shape
Final polishing of blade and handle
Last sharpening for the blade