The Montézic Forge

A forge to return to local production

Forging is a crucial step in the world of cutlery. It involves cutting, welding, heating, and shaping the metal to give it its final form. This process requires unique expertise and perfect mastery of these essential tools to ensure the quality and durability of the knives.

The revival of Laguiole knife production in their original region dates back to the 1980s, after a decline that began in the 1920s due to the industrialization of cutlery in the Thiers basin. At that time, eager to preserve the local artisanal tradition, Laguiole en Aubrac established a forge in the charming village of Montézic, not far from Laguiole. Three other cutlery artisans joined this initiative from the very beginning, in the history of the Laguiole en Aubrac manufacture.

chiseled bee and spring

Laguiole en Aubrac knife production adheres to strict quality criteria related to local artisanal manufacturing, thus guaranteeing their authenticity. This approach sets them apart from industrial productions and counterfeits.

The forging process generates the knife’s metal components before they are handed over to the cutlers for polishing and various finishes, such as chiseling, guilloché of plates and springs, among others.

To achieve optimal results, an internal quality control is carried out at each stage of the design. This process begins at the Montézic forge, owned by the Laguiole en Aubrac manufacture, where the majority of the metal elements making up our products are created. Some parts may also be subcontracted to Thiers.

forge for laguiole en aubrac

Cutting the Plates and Mounting the Bolsters

The plates are cut from locally made dies using brass bars. The solid bolsters have the property of reinforcing the handle; they are manually fixed to the plate (bolstering). The bolsters are then drilled, allowing the knife to be assembled with brass or stainless steel nails, depending on the model.

The plates ensure the rigidity and solidity of the handle scales (wood, bone, horn, or other) attachment.
These steel plates can have bolsters or not. Without a bolster, the knife will be called “full handle.”
The front bolster supports the blade’s pivot axis and allows for the adjustment of the force rivet. The rear bolster will absorb shocks in case of a fall. They initially appeared as repair parts. Nowadays, most models have two bolsters.

blacksmith manufacturing steps laguiole en aubrac

Working with Steel

The knife blades are made of 12C27MOD stainless steel, known as “SANDVIK.” This steel has the advantages of carbon steel without its drawbacks. It does not rust, sharpens easily, and maintains an excellent edge for a long time.

The shaping of the cutting edge is done by the bevel, which refers to the part of the blade that tapers to form the edge.

Laguiole en Aubrac has the distinction of making a very fine bevel, giving the blades an exceptional cutting edge.

manufacturing laguiole knives

Forged Bee and Spring Stop

The spring steel is heated in a furnace to over 1000°C and then tempered, giving it its strength. The bee is outlined to be chiseled by the cutler. The lower part contains the “blade stop.” This is a small protrusion on which the heel of the blade rests when the knife is closed, preventing the edge from dulling in case of abrupt closure.


Distinguish Counterfeits

It is crucial to differentiate an artisanal Laguiole knife from numerous imitations. Several signs help identify a Laguiole made in the historical origin area. Attention to detail, materials, and provenance can help you choose an authentic Laguiole.

Handle Materials

Handles can be made from various materials: Wood, Horn, Bone, Mammoth Ivory, minerals, or synthetic materials. We have selected the finest!

Knifemaker’s Workshop

Under the workshop manager’s supervision, Laguiole en Aubrac not only has a woodworking workshop and a forge but also its own assembly workshop. In this workshop, each knife is assembled by the same artisan knifemaker, ensuring constant attention to detail and impeccable quality.

Classic Laguiole Knife

This series is undoubtedly the most famous: available in shiny or satin stainless steel, as well as brass. Options include a single blade or one accompanied by a corkscrew. This variety caters to different preferences and needs of Laguiole knife enthusiasts.

Laguiole Corkscrews

Laguiole en Aubrac corkscrews are the perfect tool for opening and tasting wines and great vintages. Their elegant design and ease of use make them an ideal choice for wine enthusiasts, offering a pleasant and refined experience during tasting.

Laguiole Double Plates

Due to their elaborate ornamentation, these knives are often perceived as unique and valuable pieces, appreciated for their comfortable grip. The handles are slightly wider than those of traditional models.