This functional, yet elegant folding knife and corkscrew has a solid horn handle. Each one was manually shaped, assembled, and decorated by a single craftsperson from start to finish; no two knives are exactly alike. With its durable solid horn handle, rust-proof Sandvik stainless steel components, and sleek, sinuous profile, this tool makes for an extraordinary gift or a useful addition to your own pocket. The first Laguoile knife was created by Pierre-Jean Calmels in 1829, and the knife-making trade has come to define the area ever since. Laguoile en Aubrac, the region’s oldest maker, produces this wine opener, which is fastidiously handcrafted by a single master cutler, from handle-shaping to blade-fitting. The knife’s solid horn handle bears the traditional ‘Shepherd’s Cross’ – six inlaid pieces of metal that form a cross when held vertically. According to local legend, late 19th century Catholic shepherds fashioned the cross so that they could stick their knife into the ground or a loaf of bread and pray to it while away on long seasonal herd migrations. The knife is made of hardy, low-maintenance materials: the blade is forged from ultra strong Swedish Sandvik stainless steel, which sharpens easily, holds an excellent edge, and never rusts. The handle is harvested from the solid, dense tip of a cow or water buffalo horn, ensuring a smooth and reliable grip. The handle’s striking pattern and the blade’s slim profile take this knife far beyond a functional tool, and into the territory of a beautiful hertitage item you can use daily and pass down to future generations.
Hand wash immediately with warm water and mild detergent. Towel-dry with a microfiber cloth to prevent water spots. If desired, the stainless steel can be polished. The solid horn handle can be polished or periodically treated with a light layer of food-grade oil.
While the production of Laguoile knives is not limited to the Laguiole region of France, it is only in this small village that production is still done by hand rather than machine. Laguoile en Aubrac is the oldest, most established, and highest quality maker in the entire region. Since 1892, each knife manufactured at Laguoile en Aubrac is the product of up to 216 individual steps and is the handiwork of a single cutler. These masters of their craft each have their own unique pattern or mark, which is stamped into the metal spine of the knife, allowing each piece’s individual lineage to be traced.
Elegant stainless steel folding knife and corkscrew with solid horn handle made in the Laguoile region of France. Created by a single master craftsman from start to finish. Wine Key also available.
4.75" long when closed (12 cm)
- The knife’s metal spine bears the unique marking of the craftsperson who made it, allowing its lineage to be traced
- Folding blade for cutting tasks and corkscrew to open wine
- Made by hand in the Laguoile, France by the oldest, most established, and highest quality knife maker in the region
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