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Chateau Laguiole Classic Corkscrews

New & Improved 2020 Chateau Laguiole® Classic. The Chateau Laguiole® classic was the first true waiter-style Laguiole corkscrew on the market when it was created in 1993 by Master Sommeliers Guy Vialis.
Despite imitations and counterfeits, it quickly became a favorite among the world's best sommeliers and continues to be the world's most-sold high-end Laguiole wine opener. Unfortunately, Mr. Vialis passed away in 2016, but the brand was given a fresh start after being purchased following contractual issues. To enhance wine service, consider the Chateau Laguiole brand, which is dedicated to quality and innovation in every sommelier's routine.

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In 2020, the Chateau Laguiole® brand underwent some revisions that mainly focused on improving its construction. One notable improvement is the forging of the bee, which has now become an integral part of the spring top - it is no longer solder to the spring top. Additionally, the liners or plates are now thicker to prevent warping, while the bottom bolster is thicker and no longer has two decorative lines. Despite these changes, Chateau Laguiole® is still predominantly handmade in their new workshop in Thiers, France.

Did I purchase the older version of the Chateau Laguiole Classic model?
How can you tell? Just look at the bottom of the handle; the bolster of the new 2020 version looks plain with no lines. The current brand owner no longer authorizes retailing of the previous Chateau Laguiole model. However, several well-known retailers in France and the U.S. still offer old models. Such retailers are using old stock or inadvertently purchasing fakes.
Laguiole Imports does not retail the older Chateau Laguiole classic model.

new 2020 chateau laguiole corkscrew showing the changes that were made


Chateau Laguiole corkscrews are handcrafted in Thiers, a charming city in south-central France. Known as the cutlery capital of Europe for over seven centuries, Thiers boasts a rich tradition of exquisite craftsmanship. In 1992, the ingenious Mr. Vialis of "Guy Vialis Creation" introduced the world to the timeless elegance of the Chateau Laguiole.

Certainly! It's completely normal, especially for new corkscrews. The screw's spring action is engineered to endure for years, necessitating a tight clearance between the screw and the spring (the long, adorned spine just below the bee symbol). This allows for some gradual wear and tear over time, ensuring optimal functionality in the long run.

The answer to whether a Chateau Laguiole is hand-made or not depends on the perspective. From an ethical standpoint, the answer would be both "yes" and "no". To qualify as hand-made, a piece would have to undergo the traditional forging, shaping, assembling, and polishing process 100% by hand. Although modern tools are used for every part except the handle material, each Chateau Laguiole is meticulously assembled entirely by hand and subject to rigorous standards and testings before being deemed complete. The handle material is also carefully chosen and sculpted by hand for a flawless finish.

It's actually a bee, which has become the symbol of these knives. According to local legend, the bee was Napoleon Bonaparte's imperial seal, given to the town of Laguiole as a gesture of thanks for the bravery of its men during battles. However, "the bee" is also a technical term used by French knife makers to refer to the springhead.

Chateau Laguiole is pronounced, "SHATO LAYOL". The old pronunciation, in Occitan, was preserved, this is the reason why one says "LAYOL"

 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.

The brand's name can be easily deciphered. Many of France's finest wines are associated with a "Chateau," while the wine accessory is inspired by the elegant "Laguiole" style of cutlery. It's worth noting that "Laguiole" isn't a registered brand of cutlery, but rather the name of the village where this style originated. The name "Chateau Laguiole" demonstrates an ingenious play on words, crafted by a particularly astute sommelier.

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