Handmade in the village of Laguiole, France, the Forge de Laguiole "Sommeliers" as they are often called are the only high-end Laguiole waiter-style corkscrews to feature the traditional shepherd's cross on most models (check photos).
This wine opener was created in collaboration with professional sommeliers. Its ergonomics, elegance, and efficiency earned it the "Prix Design Plus" (the Design Plus award) in Frankfurt, Germany. Additionally, each one of these incredibly efficient masterpieces is entirely hand assembled and completed by the same craftsman to ensure pride in the completed object.
The Forge de Laguiole workshop is located in the tiny village of Laguiole, France - Pop. 1300 - where the Laguiole knife first appeared in the early 1800's. Interesting pages:Laguiole's history and facts.
Handle Material: Snakewood aka Amourette (Brosimum guianense). This incredibly beautiful wood 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.