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Jul 2, 2014 05:07 PM

Vintage Laguiole Steak Knives- Better Quality?

I'm thinking of buying some Laguiole steak knives that are estimated to be 10-20 years old. With the Laguiole name and quality notoriously going downhill for several years, are the vintage knives a better bet for receiving the "real thing"? Thanks.

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  1. No, the Laguiole name and quality have not gone down -- they have been victimized by a scheming businessman who had the audacity to copyright the name of a village that has been there for centuries.

    Make certain the knives say "made in France" and you'll be fine.

    The thieving so-and-so is bringing in stamped knives made in China...they're visibly cheap and crappy and not hard to avoid.

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    1. re: sunshine842

      That's what I meant- that the name has been sabotaged. I also read that some of the Made in France Laguiole products haven't made the cut recently though.

      1. re: BonBon79

        if they're made in France (and labeled "made in France") then it's pretty likely they were made in the knife factories in the southwestern part of the country.

        Having seen and handled both side-by-side, there's really not much way to be fooled.

      2. re: sunshine842

        I have a chef's knife labeled LAGUIOLE® L'ECLAIR.

        It has the fly symbol on the blade and a metal fly on the top of the wood and brass handle near the blade. The top of the full tang is engraved with a leaf design. The wooden handle has brass rivets. The knife does not say Made in France but the quality seems quite high. The knife guy at the Wusthof Factory Service Center (authorized Wusthof repair center in Minneapolis) said it was a really good knife when I brought it in for sharpenng. The thing is, I have no idea how old it is. I bought it for a couple bucks at a thrift store a few years ago. Is it possible it was made in France? The ® symbol has me thinking probably not.

      3. Laguiole can refer to brand (typically adorned with the ® symbol), a region in France, and the style of knives from said region.

        In general, I find that knives with ® symbols to be of lesser quality than knives that have no need to brand themselves.

        If you want a good suggestion for high quality knives in the Laguiole style, take a look at Le Thier and their Chambriard lines:

        They also make steak knives but I've not seen a place where you can buy them regularly, and so they seem to be more of a rare item.

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        1. re: Cynic2701

          Yes, the ® mark indicates the made-in-China rubbish that the thieving so-and-so has decided to market, all the while issuing cease-and-desist orders to the knife makers **in the village of Laguiole** who dare put the name of their village on their knives as they've been doing for hundreds of years.

          1. re: sunshine842

            I'm glad I did not spend more than a couple of bucks on my knife. The funny thing is, it's a beautiful, well-made knife.

            1. re: John E.

              then enjoy it...

              and this is why the whole issue is so confusing (and kinda ridiculous...I know there's still a legal battle raging, as to the letter of the law, the folks who live in the village can't even post city-limit signs!)

              1. re: sunshine842

                I agree that it is ridiculous. I wonder who the people are who registered the name?

                When I was a kid, there was teacher in my hometown who as was also a professional magician. He put himself through college doing magic. He put his kids through college because of the extra money. He was sued by 'Blackstone the Magician' because the teacher's name started with 'Black'. The teacher won the suit because he was born with the name while Blackstone was a stage name.