Laguiole Cutlery

Laguiole Steak Knives

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We are so in love with these Laguiole steak knives that we decided to sit down and write a blog post to help us figure out why. First of all, we think they're absolutely gorgeous. But what is it that makes them so beautiful, exactly? We're not sure, but we think it has something to do with the soft, gentle, almost sensual curves and contours of the handles - somehow they just make you want to reach into the photo, grab one, and hold it in your hand. The warm curviness of the handles is especially intriguing because it contrasts so sharply with the cold, straight...

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Laguiole Cutlery

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If you ask people what comes to mind when they hear the words "French culture," most of them will say: fine food, wine and cheese. Many will say: beauty, elegance, and style. Some will say: socialism and taxes - but that's a topic for another blog post! What almost nobody will say is: fine knives and cutlery. But the French actually do have a very rich tradition and a long history of producing some of the finest - and arguably the most beautiful - knives and cutlery in the world. The tradition started in a little village called Laguiole in the...

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What's a Laguiole, anyway?

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Laguiole (pronounced LA-YULL, or LAI-YULL) is a village in south-central France, in an area known as the region of Aubrac. Geologically, the Aubrac is a high, volcanic plane, ranging from 3,000 to almost 5,000 feet in altitude. It's known for four things: cows, sheep, cheese, and knives. Hundreds of years ago the local craftsmen in Aubrac developed a peasant knife called the Capuchadou that the cowherds and shepherds carried with them as they followed their herds and flocks in the high summer grazing lands from May through October. Many of the herdsmen would travel to Spain in the winter months (the "off season" as it...

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