Have you ever noticed our steak knives feature a bee on the handle and an elegant pen-knife design? Those beauties are hand-crafted by the artisans at André Verdier Laguiole Cutlery (pronounced “LAYOLE” in Occitan), a company that has been nestled in the French countryside of Auvergne for over 150 years. In that time, they have perfected the traditional Laguiole style of fine cutlery and knives. Read on to learn more about the history and culture behind this iconic brand.
Each piece of Laguiole cutlery is constructed with a continuous blade that runs from the tip all the way through the handle. This ensures that no wobbling develops over time as the spoons, forks, and knives are used for daily meals. The bee design depicted on the catch is an imperial symbol of France. Local legend says it was granted by Napoleon himself to local soldiers for their outstanding bravery on the battlefield.
When shopping for Laguiole cutlery it is important to ensure that the product is 100% designed and manufactured in France. The word “Laguiole” and the region’s classic knife design were never trademarked. This has led many imitators to pop up all over the globe, producing cheap replicas with low stainless steel content. To provide our customers with the best product, we only stock pieces that are made from start to finish in France from the highest quality materials.
Laguiole flatware is available in many finishes, ranging from brightly colored enamel to sleek stainless steel to luxurious mixed woods. Those with enamel or stainless steel handles are dishwasher safe and are great for people who love to entertain. The top-of-the-line Prestige series features wood handles in breathtaking natural woods, such as ebony and olive. Individuals looking for heirloom quality cutlery are drawn to the extravagantly engraved staves and weighty feel of these magnificent knives.
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Photo credit: Casey and Aurore Maxon; Hallie and Mark Burrier