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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Laguiole Pocket Knives

Laguiole is a pocket knife that was originally produced in the town of Laguiole, in the Aveyron region of southern France. These knives are French in origin, but because they are not trademarked, and this is simply the name of a style of knife, they are now made all around the world. Asia produces many cheap but poorer quality Laguiole knives, and many people can purchase them, thinking they are a genuine French product.

If you seek to purchase a Laguiole, the best place to obtain one of high quality, is France itself. The knife would make a useful cultural souvenir for yourself or a friend, and many major French manufacturers produce these knives. You can also now purchase the modern trademarked products, that are Laguiole bottle top openers, Laguiole corkscrews, and other forms of Laguilole cutlery. With these products also, remember that they are modern creations and do not necessarily have any true French historical relevancy.

 Over one hundred production steps are required to make an authentic standard Laguiole, and many more for the more extensive versions. Respect and appreciation needs to be given, to the history of this product and the amount of work that goes into creating one.

The design on Laguile knives is streamlined and elegant. They are approximately 10cm when closed and feature a back spring. There can be one blade, or the addition of a corkscrew or similar implement. On the catch is a carving on an insect, which is distinct in its image, yet there is much debate over what it actually is. Some say the insect is a fly or a bee. It is also known as a Laguile fly.


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