Handmade knives – Laguiole Actiforge knife

Our knives are made in the town of Thiers, in the region of Auvergne. The cutler tradition of Le Thiers enables a huge quality of steel. Even if knife manufacturing moves with the times, Laguiole knives are completely handcrafted knives. Our knives are handmade adjusted according to ancestral methods. They have a lifetime warranty
manufacturing workshop in Thiers

Handcrafted knife


We make an handcraft production which distinguishes it from industrial production.


The manufacture and assembly of the knife requires more than one hundred operations performed by the craftsman’s hand. Each step is done by Master craftsmen who control the quality of their work at each stage of the process.

The materials used are of French origin.

Blades


The blades are made of stainless steel 12C27, or if you want it, made of carbon steel.  That steel is cut out through pressing
They are punched to our brand.

The blades receive a heat treatment which is done in two steps.
Tempering: The blades are heated to 1030 ° and cooled down suddenly in order to give the hardness to the metal.
Heat treatment: The blades are once again warmed but cooled down slowly for provides flexibility to steel. The hardness obtained is 52/54 Hrc

The shaping of the cutting edge is provided to the blade by grinding, to ensure them a perfect cutting edge.

The blade shall ensure a perfect planarity.

They are then polished.

Plates

The plates of knives are made of brass or stainless steel.
It is the backbone of the knife. They provide rigidity and strength of the binding of the sides of wood or horn.

These plates can have bolsters. They are made of solid brass or forged steel.
The front bolster supports the hinge axis of the blade.
The back bolster protects the handle against shocks.

Spring

Laguiole knife spring

Forged Bee

The spring and the bee are forged as one piece.
The ornaments, engravings of the letter are made at this stage because the steel has not its final hardness.
It is then heated in an oven at more than 1000 ° and tempered. He comes from the tempering covered with calamine. It is polished for the first time.

Welded bee

The Bee is welded into the spring.
It is then heated in an oven at more than 1000 ° and tempered. He comes from the tempering covered with calamine. It is polished for the first time.


Fly or bee?

The end of the spring bears a flat part, Fly (technical term of cutlery). The first Laguiole knives had no decoration. Later, flies have been decorated with a bee. It became symbol of the Laguiole knife.



The bladestop

The bladestop is a small piece of metal is placed into the closing system in order to protect the blade from the shock This prevents the blade from dulling when the user snaps it shut too fast.

Handles



Laguiole knife handles are hand crafted. A thin cross-shaped nailing decorates the handle . This is the shepherd's cross. Indeed the legend tells that the shepherds prayed before this religious symbol when they were isolated in the mountains.

Handles made of horn or bone

The first Laguiole knives had handles made of bone or horn, the materials most available at the time.
Bone looks like ivory. It becomes lightly yellow in the time
Horn’s color changes, as hair’s color. You can find blond or black horn
Although this material provides a wide range of natural colors and patterns, there is a great difference in quality between the material taken from the tip of the horn, and the lower hollow section
- Tip of horn: only the tip of the cow’s horn is used
- Pressed horn: The lower hollow section of the horn is used

Handles made of wood

Wood completed the choice of materials for knife handles very early on.
Only very hard woods are suitable. The high shine of the handle is achieved by patiently polishing through soft and gentle rubbing.
Wooden handles are never varnished.
The types of wood used include the following precious wood species:
Ebony, palisander, olive, rosewood, violetwood, snakewood, stamina wood, wenge. Please note that handles made of wood and horn are not water-resistant. They are not therefore safe in the dishwasher.


          

Handles made of acrylic glass

Acrylic glass is extremely water-and heat-resistant.
The plates are all hand-shaped as in the case of horn plates. Acrylic glass have the tremendous advantage of being dishwasher-safe.