Exquisite penknife from Thiers: Midi-Pyrénées - Laguiole juniper wood
The Laguiole knife is one of the most famous pocket knives in France. It has been forged in the Auvergne for more than 100 years by various Couteliers. The ancestor of the Laguiole is the Yssingeaux, a traditional cutting tool widely used by the rural population.
After some Couteliers had relocated their workshops to Thiers, the final, today common form was developed here. The straight handle with the so-called Rabenschnabel got the elegant momentum, which characterizes the modern Laguiole, and also the stabilizing wide jaws at the ends were added.
A striking feature of all Laguiole variants is the "Mouche", the "Bee" or "Fly" on the blade side of the resort. In the old days a part of the lock, it serves nowadays only as adornment of the featherless Laguiole. The sweeping logo of the prestigious brand "Laguiole gastronome" stands on the blade with the front-facing tip and the lowered back in 12C27 stainless steel. The widened stainless steel jaws of this model are slightly rounded, and the polished handles of light juniper wood smell slightly like fresh pepper. Like every Laguiole they wear the "shepherd's cross".