LAGUIOLE POCKET KNIFE - THE ORIGINAL
HOW TO DISTINGUISH GENUINE FRENCH LAGUIOLE POCKET KNIVES FROM PLAGIARISM?
The product name Laguiole is not protected by trademark law. Therefore, in principle, imitations from China, Pakistan and Co. may also appear under the name “Laguiole pocket knives”. Consequently, more than 80 percent of the Laguiole pocket knives offered on the market are not made in the traditional way, but are produced on an assembly line.
The distinguishing feature of an authentic Laguiole is its craftsmanship. If the smiths are based in Thiers or Laguiole and make all the components of their products themselves, this is a clear sign of quality. A high quality Laguiole requires over one hundred steps to complete.
After production, Laguiole knives undergo strict quality controls and must meet certified quality standards. In addition to the guarantee of origin, a lifetime repair service by the blacksmith proves the authenticity of the knife.
In addition, there are other characteristics and factors that distinguish an original.
OTHER FEATURES AND FACTORS BY WHICH YOU CAN RECOGNIZE A GENUINE LAGUIOLE KNIFE.
In addition, a genuine Laguiole pocket knife is made of high quality steel such as 12C27 steel or Damascus steel. In addition, the handle scales contain selected by the master smiths high-quality woods or even mammoth bones. This composition of different noble materials results in a unique and distinctive Laguiole.
This quality is also reflected in the price. Knives sold in sets for a fraction of the original can by no means have the same qualities.
Another proof of authenticity is the name or logo of the blacksmith. Most often it is either stamped or embossed on the blade. Ornaments in the form of bees, also often interpreted as a fly, but also a bull’s head or the scallop are traditional Laguiole identifying features.
Also considered typical insignia are incised notches and the shepherd’s cross, usually found on the left side of the handle. This religious symbol is said to have served shepherds for prayer in past centuries. Thus, shepherds always carried their own cross in front of which they could pray while tending their flocks.