You have spent a lot of time choosing the handle material of your favourite knife, and truth be told the array of options was impressive. Now that you are holding your faithful and robust companion in the palm of your hand, take good care of it.
Each handle type requires a specific type of care if you wish to preserve the beauty and toughness of your Laguiole knife.
To avoid any mistake when cleaning your Laguiole knife, follow the advice of our Thiers master cutlery-makers. Watch how you can look after a wooden handle, or how to keep your horn handle safe from the passage of time.
Whether you enjoy wooden, fine wood or nimal horn handles, you will find straightforward and efficient maintenance tips !
Please send us your questions directly via email to know how to take care of a knife made from a material not mentioned in this article.
To keep the beautiful look of the handles, avoid abrupt changes in temperature and/or humidity.
Handles made of horn, bone and ivory can be cleaned by rubbing with whitening.
Our horn-handled knives are all made from living, natural materials. The horn plates used for these knives will therefore always vary. For example, there will always be varying degrees of white streaking in a black horn-handled knife.
However, if the knife is used regularly, no upkeep is necessary for the handle, as perspiration from the hand is the best cleaning product.
Wooden-handled knives are crafted from wood species sorted for their hardiness and beauty, but they are all different. For this reason, it will always be difficult to find 2 knives with strictly the same wooden handle.
Cracks in the handles can be repaired with sawdust in the same colour (either using the same wood or by staining).
Mix the sawdust with colourless glue and fill in the cracks. Allow to dry and the wax finish.