BETWEEN THIERS AND LAGUIOLE

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In Laguiole, according to archives, at least 4 “knife makers” lived in the mid-1860s. Besides the already mentioned and often quoted Jean-Pierre Calmels, these were smiths named Pages, Mas and Gleize. All these and also further smiths however at some point reached their production limits, whereupon the knife smiths from Thiers were asked for help – successfully.

At some point in the early 20th century, however, and also due to the outbreak and consequences of World War I, the production of Laguiole knives in Laguiole itself came to a halt, while production continued in Thiers.

This is in principle also the problem of the missing trademark protected indication of origin, the Thiers smiths now claimed the Languiole for themselves, also because they had worked the last decades for its preservation. The dispute seems to have been settled and it was finally agreed to simply produce different types and styles of Laguiole knives – in Thiers and in Laguiole.

The result is currently well over 130 forges and manufactories throughout France that produce Laguiole knives by name. In addition, there are kitchen knives and sommelier cutlery – and above all the Laguiole knife as an individual status symbol.