Must Know about Chateau Laguiole Corkscrews
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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 pronunciation: 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 any cutlery item; 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 waiter's style 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 true waiter style wine opener. Several Laguiole manufacturers were offering rudimentary waiter style openers before 1992, but they were only crude modifications of a standard Laguiole knife handle.
All models of Laguiole waiter's style corkscrews on the market today came after the Chateau Laguiole design was introduced.
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 as a 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 spring head is a bee and sometimes a sage leaf on the high-end models.
Are Chateau Laguiole corkscrews hand made?
Yes and no, to be hand made a piece would need to be forged the old fashion way, machined by hand, and assembled and polished the same way. Every piece (except the handle material) of a Chateau Laguiole are manufactured 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 customs made pieces like the Damascus are fully forged the old fashion way.
Why would I purchase my Chateau Laguiole from you?
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 try to activate this warranty; re-sellers will most likely 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 have the manufacturer repair it or replace it for you. Please visit our Laguiole warranty support page for more details.
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Cepage Laguiole (left) also called "Chateau Laguiole Cepage" corkscrews by some retailers to mislead consumers (and google) 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 for replacement.
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 (sometimes unaware) will sell look-alike/fake Chateau Laguiole. They are sold as Laguiole waiter-style corkscrews and sometimes as Chateau Laguiole wine openers.
The most visible sign of a Chateau Laguiole wine opener imitation is the price. If you find a brand new Laguiole wine opener that looks like a Chateau Laguiole wine opener for a very low price you are most likely looking at a fake.
Another 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 of 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 includes a wooden box.
Bellow are photos of FAKE Chateau Laguiole corkscrews being shipped from China. The two photos were found on Amazon. Note how the logo is identical to the real thing.
Besides being cheaply made the other main difference is that the foil cutter blade in not stamped with "Made in France."
Can I return my Chateau Laguiole wine opener or Laguiole knife?
Absolutely. If you are not entirely 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 than other internet retailers, are they genuine Chateau Laguiole®?
Yes, all wine openers offered through our website are genuine Chateau Laguiole® 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 than most retailers, our buying powers allow us to negotiate the best prices and pass on the savings to the consumers.
Why would someone pay over $150 for a wine opener?
This is a fair question. A similar question could be asked of anyone wearing a Rolex watch or driving a Lexus. The answer is quite simple: luxury, desire, quality, and status. Many of our custom pieces such as the Galuchat and Outside bark Mammoth Ivory crust with Damascus bolsters sold for ten times this amount. Laguiole wine openers make truly memorable gifts for truly extraordinary people.