Laguiole en Aubrac: The choice of blades – Mitres & Plates

FOREWORD : FOOD SAFETY STANDARDS

The European Union imposes, as in every country, that the minimum of chromium present in each metallic element intended for food is 13% minimum to be considered as an element 100% corresponding to food standards. This being respected on all of our so-called “stainless” products.

Laguiole en Aubrac – Stainless steel Blades

Sandvik 12C27MOD stainless steel is a martensitic chrome-plated stainless steel, optimized for cutlery. (Martensity is a metastable phase of steels, resulting from the transformation without diffusion of γ austenite below a martensitic temperature.)
After heat treatment, its carbon and chromium composition gives it a unique combination of properties: very high hardness, no corrosion / rust, very good wear resistance.

As you might expect, neither lead nor cadmium is used in the metal components of our products. They are hazardous to health and can never be found on knife blades or other accessories from our high-end manufacture.


The  stainless steel blades 12C27MOD Sandvik, are composed of: Carbon: 0.5%. Silicon: 0.43%. Manganese: 0.51%. Phosphorus: 0.013%. Suffers: 0.0009%. Chromium: 14.27%. Steel: last%
laguiole knife with deer horn handle
damascus blade on laguiole knives

XC75 Carbon Blades

The XC75 blades are made of so-called “carbon” steel of a lower quality than stainless steel. Its sharpening is easy, but must be more regular. Most of the knives of the past were mostly mounted like this. Made up mainly of iron and carbon, this blackened blade oxidizes and can even give food a metallic taste. Although always assembled in the workshops, we do not offer this type of blade on this site.

Damascus Carbon Blades

Find a page dedicated to Laguioles damask blades including a video retracing the main stages of production.

Stainless steel or brass bolsters and plates ?

Laguiole made of brass: bolsters and plates

Bolsters, plates and rivets are in brass. The spring and axles are made of stainless steel. The polish will always be shiny on these models. The bee is forged on majority of them. Only 6 knives made of pressed horn handle are welded.
Laguiole knives - brass
laguiole knife brass bolters

Laguiole stainless steel knives: Blades, bolsters, plates, springs …

With or without corkscrew, blades, bolsters, plates, rivets and spring pins are made of 12C27MOD stainless steel. The entire knife is polished shiny or satin. The bee will be forged on the spring and chiseled.
Laguiole knives - Stainless steel
laguiole knife forged bee

The stainless steel bolsters are made of steel called 304L and are made of: Carbon: 0.19%. Silicon: 0.43%. Manganese: 1.78%. Phosphorus: 0.032%. Suffer: 0.001%. Chromium: 18.10%. Nickel: 8%. Nitrogen: 0.07%. Steel: last%

The plates and the bees are made of steel called 1.4016 F17 and are made of: Carbon: 0.04%. Silicon: 0.39%. Manganese: 0.53%. Phosphorus: 0.025%. Suffer: 0.001%. Chromium: 16.10%. Steel: last%

Chiselling on Spring and plates

Laguiole 1 plate: Classic decoration by default

The models of the classic range have a sober decoration on the spring, their plates are smooth.
Laguiole Classic Range
laguiole repair service

Double chiseled plates

The “guilloche” decoration is an ornamentation following the inspiration and preferences of the craftsman cutler. Thus producing almost unique pieces every day. The two decks are decorated above and below!
Laguiole Doubles Plates
laguiole knife spiral spring

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Blacksmith’s Workshop

The work done at the forge of Laguiole en Aubrac produces all the metal elements that make up the knife before arriving in the hands of the cutlers who will undertake polishing and the finishing stage.

Handle materials Ultime Guide

The handles can be made in many different materials: Wood, Horns, Bones, Mammoth ivory, mineral materials or even synthetic materials. We have selected the most beautiful!

Damascus Blades

Damascus is the result of a forging assembly of several different metals. An art that can be difficult to master due to the great possibility of assembling different metals with various patterns.