HOW DO I RECOGNIZE A GOOD LAGUIOLE POCKET KNIFE?
First it is important to be aware that Laguiole is not a single manufacturer or 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.
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The Laguiole style of knives first appeared in the small village of Laguiole but unfortunately the name was never registered and, as a result the name is now part of the public domain. It is a fact that anyone can use the name "Laguiole" and place it on cutlery related items regardless if the objects are made in France or even have a 'Laguiole" design/style.
As of 2020 there are still no regulations associated with Laguiole cutlery. The name "Laguiole" is free to use on cutlery items by anyone, including you and it can be manufactured anywhere in the world. Now that you know more about it you probably understand why this style of cutlery is available in many not so glamours big box stores at ridiculously cheap prices. Remember the saying? "You get what you pay for". We are getting calls or emails about knives self destructing after a few months of use. Those knives are mass produced in Asia or in France. Laguiole Imports does not support any of those manufacturer, all Laguiole knives offered on our site are carefully hand made using traditions that are almost 200 years old.