Thirty years ago, a group of knife-lovers in southern France were worried that the skills for making their traditional knives were going to be lost. After all, who still cared about bone-handled hunting knives once used by traveling shepherds in Spain? Apparently, Philippe Starck did. As did the French government, which recognized that these were irreplaceable treasures. So with their help, this little group of artisans started a thriving business making these knives.
In an era of mass-market production, this seemed like an impossible dream, but through the efforts of those folks, today this company – Forge de Laguiole – makes the highest-quality Laguiole implements in the world. And every piece is completely made, from beginning to end, in the place where it all started: the original village of Laguiole.