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Where are Chateau Laguiole wine openers Manufactured?
Chateau Laguiole corkscrews are manufactured in the south central city of
Thiers, France. Thiers has been the cutlery capital of Europe for the last
seven centuries. Mr. Vialis from GUY VIALIS CREATION invented the Chateau
Laguiole in 1992 and is the patent owner.
How do you pronounce "Chateau Laguiole, what is this name anyway?
Laguiole is the name of a small village located in south central France.
The famous knife of the same name was born there in 1829. Unfortunately the
name Laguiole was never registered and is, to this day totally unprotected.
Anyone can use this name on anything, therefore one must be very cautious
when purchasing a " bargain " Laguiole knife or corkscrew.
Written Chateau Laguiole, and pronounced as "SHATO LAYOL". The old
pronunciation, in Occitan, was preserved, this is the reason why one says "LAYOL"
Laguiole wine openers have bee manufactured since the early 1990s. Mr.
Vialis the creator of the Chateau Laguiole brand was the first to adapt the
Laguiole knife design to a waiter style wine opener. Every single models of
Laguiole wine opener on the market today are based on the Chateau Laguiole
Slogans such as "Chateau Laguiole corkscrews are hand-crafted since 1850"
are not true and are misleading.
What insect is represented on the spring?
It is the bee, symbol of the Laguiole knives. The local legend says it is
Napoleon Bonaparte's imperial seal that was offered to the Laguiole town for
token of his gratitude for the men's courage during the battles. The bee is
a technical term used by manufacturers to designate the springhead. The
Chateau Laguiole's springhead is a bee.
Are Chateau Laguiole corkscrews really hand made?
Yes and no, to be really hand made a piece would need to be forged the old
fashion way, machined by hand, and assembled and polished the same way.
Every pieces (except the handle material) of a Chateau Laguiole are machined
with modern tools, but are carefully and individually assembled entirely by
hand and must pass very strict criteria before completion. The carefully
selected handles are formed and polished entirely by hand. Some of our
custom made pieces like the Damascus are entirely forged the old fashion
Why would I purchase my Chateau Laguiole from you?
Because we will supply you with a written and signed certificate that assure
you that they will replace your wine opener Free if it breaks, LAGUIOLE-IMPORTS.COM
will provide you with such certificate. No other retailers anywhere in the
world we offer such commitment. We have replaced over 700s broken
Chateau Laguiole corkscrews over the last 10 years. Of course this is a very
small fraction of the over 7000 CL we sell per year.
All genuine Chateau Laguiole wine openers and Laguiole knives we offer carry
a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects and workmanship. The tricky
part is to actually try to activate this warranty; re-sellers will most
likely will not want to help you with this, they are not required to do so. If
they do help, you will have to pay all shipping cost to France and back
($30-$50) and wait about a month, and hopefully, get your wine key back...If
you purchase your Chateau Laguiole from us we will replace it for you, no
questions asked. All we ask for is that you fund the S&H back to you
from the US ($10).
Cepage Laguiole (left) also
called "Chateau Laguiole Cepage" corkscrews to
mislead consumers are not lifetime guaranty. This type
of corkscrew retail around $50 and will often break.
Please do not send us this type of Laguiole corkscrew
How can you tell a real "Chateau Laguiole wine opener from a Fake?
Although the name and design of the Chateau Laguiole are register and
patented some unscrupulous manufacturers and retailers (sometime unaware)
will offer look alike / fake Chateau Laguiole. They are sold as Laguiole
waiter style corkscrews and sometime as Chateau Laguiole wine openers.
The most obvious sign of a Chateau Laguiole wine opener imitation is the
price, if you find a brand new Laguiole wine opener that look like a Chateau
Laguiole wine opener for a very low price you are most likely looking at a
An other very obvious sign of a fake is the weight, authentic Chateau
Laguiole corkscrews can weight up to 4.5 oz, they have massive / solid
stainless bolsters and thick body plates. Laguiole wine openers like the
ones bellow may only weigh a couple ounces, of course you will not know the
actual weight of your opener until you receive it.
Many fake Chateau Laguiole corkscrews (not all) are offer with a wooden box,
you must know that the price of a real Chateau Laguiole wine opener never
include a wooden box. If it is to good to be true......
Can I return my Chateau Laguiole wine
opener or Laguiole knife?
Absolutely. If you are not totally satisfied within 30
days we will refund your full payment less shipping. No
questions asked. Please email us before returning your
item. This policy does not apply to personalized pieces.
Your Chateau Laguiole prices are lower then other
internet retailers, are they genuine Chateau LaguioleŽ?
Yes, all wine openers offered through our website are
genuine chateau LaguioleŽ wine keys, they are shipped to
you with a certificate of authenticity from the
manufacturer, a lifetime warranty against defect and are
protected by Our guarantee. Yes, our prices are lower
then most retailers, our buying powers allows us to
negotiate the best prices and pass on the savings to the
Why would someone pay over $120 for a wine opener?
This is a fair question. A similar question could be
asked from anyone wearing a Rolex watch or driving a
Lexus. The answer is quite simple: luxury, desire,
quality and status. Many of our custom pieces sold for
10 times this amount. Laguiole wine openers make
truly unforgettable gifts for truly extraordinary