Pocket knife, handchiselled bee and spring, warthog handle.
Forge de Laguiole was created in 1987. It was the culmination of a project dreamed up by a group of enthusiasts, aimed at relaunching the production of the Laguiole knife in Laguiole. The task of designing the factory was given to Philippe Starck and is a perfect illustration of the company’s philosophy, combining tradition and design.
The glass and aluminium architecture, from which emerges a blade 18 metres high, symbolises the company’s activity and dynamism. Every stage in the manufacturing of the knife is now carried out once again in the place where it originated: the Laguiole knife has come back to Laguiole.
The “ENTREPRISE DU PATRIMOINE VIVANT” (Living Heritage Company) label awarded by the Minister responsible for companies and external trade and the “JANUS DE L’INDUSTRIE”, awarded by the French Design Institute and sponsored by the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry for External Trade, make it the leading enterprise in Laguiole.
At Forge de Laguiole, we have a real determination to pass on and defend our heritage.
Once a knife used locally, it has now become a cult object, a design benchmark and a synonym of the art of living. As an object representing continuity and solidarity with the past or as a statement of contemporary creativity, Laguiole cutlery continues to inspire designers. Philippe Starck, Ora Ito, Yan Pennor’s, Eric Raffy, Sonia Rykiel, Hermès, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Olivier Gagnère, C+B Lefebvre, Christian Ghion … all have lent their particular talents to the interpretation of the Laguiole.