HOW DO I RECOGNIZE A GOOD LAGUIOLE POCKET KNIFE?
First and foremost it is important to be aware that Laguiole knives, sometimes called "bee knives" are not made by a single manufacturer, it is not a brand of knives but rather the name of a small village in the department of Aveyron in France. The village of Laguiole is where the famous Laguiole style of cutlery we know today was created.
The Laguiole knife style originated in the quaint village of Laguiole, but sadly, the name was never trademarked. Consequently, it has become part of the public domain. This means that anyone can label various cutlery items as "Laguiole," regardless of whether they're made in France or even exhibit the characteristic Laguiole design.
As of 2024, no regulations govern Laguiole cutlery. The name "Laguiole" is available for use on any cutlery items by anyone and can be manufactured worldwide. With this knowledge, it's apparent why this style of cutlery appears in numerous big-box stores at astonishingly low prices. As the saying goes, "You get what you pay for." We frequently receive calls or emails regarding knives falling apart after a few months of use. Such knives are mass-produced in Asia or France. Laguiole Imports does not endorse these manufacturers; all Laguiole knives on our site are meticulously handcrafted and are of the highest quality, keeping nearly 200-year-old traditions alive.