The Laguiole knife used to have a so-called “mouche”, which translates as “fly” but is known as the bee. The bee was the small piece of triangular or oval-shaped metal, sometimes with a ring, which you needed to push up to allow the blade to close. Today, on the forced notch of the Laguiole, the bee no longer has a functional role. But it is still there as a decoration, as a testament to the technical feature of its origins.
If you happen to go through the Aubrac region of France, go up to one of the herds of Aubrac cows. Look them straight in the eye and you’ll almost certainly see a few Aubrac flies – pretty, all things considered, and fairly gentle too. Is it a bee or a fly on the Laguiole knife? The story makes for interesting reading. The Laguiole knife has traditionally been given as a gift, previously held on to or handed down. From generation to generation, and from a friend to friend - in exchange for a coin so as not to break the friendship. In the process, a whole series of memories are passed from pocket to pocket, and from imagination to imagination. More interesting facts about Laguiole cutlery here