Laguiole F.A.Q

1 - How should I take care of my Laguiole corkscrew or knife?

    Avoid leaving it in damp environments for too long. Periodically place a couple drops of lubricant on the axle of all moving parts. We recommend the use of oil free Sentry-Solutions-Tuf-Glide 1/4 oz Pen Applicator.

     2 - How do you sharpen my Laguiole knife?

    Use a Diamond Whetstone or other fine-grain natural stone on a dry, degreased blade as if you wanted to cut the stone, move the blade from the base towards the tip, at an angle of 18/20 degrees. A wide angle will thicken the cutting edge: it will be more resistant but less sharp. A small angle will thin the cutting edge: it will be less resistant but sharper.<br /> A burr forms on the opposite side of the blade. Remove this by passing this side over the stone, without pressing. To finish off, pass both sides over the stone, twice.

     3 - Can I put my Laguiole in the dishwasher?

    Folding knives and waiter style corkscrews are not designed to be placed in a dishwasher. You can wash them by hand, being careful never to leave them soaking in the water, dry and grease them properly afterwards. Fixed-blade.

     4 - I have a retail store, where can I buy Laguiole cutlery wholesale in the US

    You may apply for a wholesale account at Forge de Laguiole USA here.

     5- How do you pronounce Laguiole?

    So many people called and asked this question that we felt the need to add it to our FAQs.  Laguiole is pronounced: [LA-YOL].

     6 - What is the function of the Awl found on the Laguiole 3 piece models?

    One of the hardest Laguiole knives to find are the 3 piece models. To understand the true purpose of this tool you first need to know that the Laguiole knife was a Cattlemen's tool. As most retailers will make you believe by ignorance or for marketing purpose, the Awl is not a punch or a tool to take knots out; it is a rudimentary "Trocar". Most of us who did not spend years in medical school do not know what a Trocar is; it is a surgical instrument that is used to puncture body cavities. Now, you may ask your self why a cattlemen would need such an instrument, here is why: Herds of cattle do not always stay in their assigned fields, although the dogs usually keep them put, they do escape from time to time. The worse fields a cow can escape too are the ones that contain "Luzerne" Luzerne is a legume, or a plant that produces nitrogen by means of its root system. This is what contributes to an animal's suffering from "bloat" if they eat too much of it, or eat it at a particular time, i.e., when the grass is damp and young (young grass contains proportionately more of the toxin). "Bloat" is the technical name for what happens, i.e., the animal "blows up" or "bloats" from the gas produced in its rumen (which is one of the four compartments of its digestive system).. If the bloat is not relieved in time a the cattlemen will loose is herd as most animals will succumb to internal stomach pressure. The only way to save the animal was to puncture the stomach to relieve the pressure, so they used whatever was at hand, including pieces of barbed wire, nails, or sharp sticks until the Awl was integrated to their knives. The Awl's shape and size are made to assure that the cattlemen would not injure the animal by inserting the awl to deep, the triangular angles of the awl are made to create a "clean" whole. The notches often found on various models are purely decorative.

     7 - Why are mirror polished knives or corkscrews cost more then most satin finish models?

    The answer to this question is quite simple "TIME" is the only reason a shiny finish object cost more. Many parts of a shiny model need to be polished to a mirror like finish before they are assembled. This takes time and creates additional steps to achieve the final piece.