The Chateau Laguiole Grand Cru series was created to satisfy the need for a stylish and more durable wine opener. This model has the same characteristic as the classic but is more suitable for professional use (20/50 bottles per day). The reason for the added strength reside in the massif front top bolster, the part where the screw enters the handle. All genuine Chateau Laguiole like this one are Made in France.
Handle Material:Snakewood aka Amourette (Brosimum guianense). Snakewood is an incredibly beautiful wood which originates mostly in Brazil's Suriname valley.The part sold as snakewood is really the heartwood of the larger tree. This wood is usually felled with axes and carried on the backs of natives over streams and through snake infested jungle areas. Each tree felled is monitored and the Brazilian government has developed a strict permit process to control harvesting. The name was inspired by the snakeskin-like markings that decorate this exotic wood. Initially deep red in color, snake wood changes color upon being exposed to air, which makes the wood eventually turn reddish brown; as you see it today.