Over the years, cutlery makers have taken their inspiriation from the Laguiole knife using it to create beautiful and functional cutlery and accessories. The cutlery and accessories from the most respected Laguiole makers are showcased here.
The Laguiole knife was first designed in 1829 by Jean-Pierre Calmels. His concept of the knife became the pattern for this style, with the forged "bee" symbol emerging as a distinctive trademark. In 1880, some models of the laguiole knife began featuring a corkscrew, in response to demands from waiters in northern Aveyron.
The word Laguiole is a generic term, not legally restricted to any one company or place of manufacture. Such knives are produced by a number of unrelated companies in southern France with 70% of the traditional knife production comes from Thiers, a long-established centre of the cutlery industry.