The cutler's workshops

Knife forging With more than 15 cutlers, whom several received awards, the family company Coutellerie de Laguiole is today the first artisanal manufacturer of Laguiole knives in Laguiole.

Arts and Craft prestige

109 operations for a Laguiole knife with blade only and 216 for a Laguiole knife with blade, corkscrew and punch.
Below you can see the alterations made by men to the raw materials. It is in this long process that rests the difference between mass production and handcrafted production, which is the only way to garantee that each knife is unique.

The assembling workshop

Our knives are made from A to Z by the same cutler:
1- He prepares and adjust the knife components (spring, bolsters, blade...)
2- He assembles the knife in one stage (adjusting the spine, and the blade, nailing and assembling the whole pieces).
3- Manual trimming sleeves and material on the sleeves.
4- Shaping the handle.
5- Finishes: realization of the cross on the handle, sharpening, manual guilloché finishing and polishing the knife.

1- Preparation of steel parts of the knife (spring, plates, ...)

Upgrading and recovery of spring
1 - Upgrading and recovery of spring
Whitening the interior of the spring mass with bee forged
2 - Whitening the interior of the spring mass with bee forged
Whitening the front of the massive bee forged (grain abrasive belt end)
3 - Whitening the front of the massive bee forged (grain abrasive belt end)
Bleaching heel of the blade
4 - Bleaching heel of the blade
Passage of the file on the spring to remove the roughness of steel spring
5 - Passage of the file on the spring to remove the roughness of steel spring
Chiselling lime forged massive bee  (1)
6 - Chiselling lime forged massive bee (1)
Chiselling lime forged massive bee  (2)
7 - Chiselling lime forged massive bee (2)
Polishing inside the spring mass with bee forged
8 - Polishing inside the spring mass with bee forged

2- Assembling the handle

Riveting spring between two stainless steel plates
1 - Riveting spring between two stainless steel plates
Piercing the plate olive wood. The plate acts as a guide
2 - Piercing the plate olive wood. The plate acts as a guide
Adjusted handle pierced. Next step up spring
3 - Adjusted handle pierced. Next step up spring
Preparation screwing the tip horn handle on stainless steel plates
4 - Preparation screwing the tip horn handle on stainless steel plates
Screw horn handle on turntables hands and following manually
5 - Screw horn handle on turntables hands and following manually
Screwing platelet horn on brass plates (table knife)
6 - Screwing platelet horn on brass plates (table knife)
Drilling the holes for the cross shepherd
7 - Drilling the holes for the cross shepherd
Establishment of stainless steel wire to form the cross shepherd
8 - Establishment of stainless steel wire to form the cross shepherd
Cut the rivet holding the wooden handle with plates
9 - Cut the rivet holding the wooden handle with plates
End of the mounting sleeve. The next step is to mount the blade on the handle and make adjustments mechanism
10 - End of the mounting sleeve. The next step is to mount the blade on the handle and make adjustments mechanism

3 - Assembling the blade.

Preparation of the heel of the blade
1 - Preparation of the heel of the blade
Riveting rear axle (spring)
2 - Riveting rear axle (spring)
Riveting of the blade on the handle (1)
3 - Riveting of the blade on the handle (1)
Riveting of the blade on the handle  (2)
4 - Riveting of the blade on the handle (2)
Adjusting mechanical blade and handle finished. Next step mater passage.
5 - Adjusting mechanical blade and handle finished. Next step mater passage.

4 - Shaping the handle.

Start shaping the handle on the backstand (coarse sanding belt)
1 - Start shaping the handle on the backstand (coarse sanding belt)
Start shaping the handle on the backstand (average grain abrasive belt)
2 - Start shaping the handle on the backstand (average grain abrasive belt)
Start shaping the handle on the backstand (average grain abrasive belt)
3 - Start shaping the handle on the backstand (average grain abrasive belt)
Upgrading the spring with the rear bolster
4 - Upgrading the spring with the rear bolster
Upgrade over the blade with spring
5 - Upgrade over the blade with spring
Environment shaping the handle on the backstand (average grain abrasive belt)
6 - Environment shaping the handle on the backstand (average grain abrasive belt)
End of shaping the handle on the backstand (fine grain abrasive belt) (1)
7 - End of shaping the handle on the backstand (fine grain abrasive belt) (1)
End of shaping the handle on the backstand (fine grain abrasive belt) (2)
8 - End of shaping the handle on the backstand (fine grain abrasive belt) (2)
End of shaping the handle on the backstand (fine grain abrasive belt) (3)
9 - End of shaping the handle on the backstand (fine grain abrasive belt) (3)
End forming the handle to cover special table (next step blade mounting)
10 - End forming the handle to cover special table (next step blade mounting)

5 - Finishes: polishing of the entire knife and finally sharpening.

Polishing the back of the blade (passage sisal)
1 - Polishing the back of the blade (passage sisal)

Our motto: one man, one knife.

Our handcraft workmanshift respects the ancestral tradition of original Laguiole knives.
Our knives are manufactured from A to Z by the same cutler. When a set of knife is finished, the foreman controls it quality, erase the imperfections and then the knives are rubbed and labelled.
In mass production men's role is reduced to the lowest degree.
In factories there is division of labour. The knife goes from one unskilled-worker to the other, each of whom does one operation before he passes the knife on to the next worker. Mass-production goes along with outputs and thus the cutler's skill is replaced by numerically controlled machines.