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Alan Forbes
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« on: February 07, 2008, 09:34:44 PM »

I went on a barge and bike tour of France last September and was introduced to these French-made knives.  Laguiole is an area where there are many manufacturers of these knives; some produce everyday cutlery and others make highly crafted knives that you bring out on special occasions.  The logo you find on almost every Laguiole is the honey bee.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laguiole_knife

The other trademarks are a decorated spine and a riveted cross on the handle, but the honey bee is what I like.


Each manufacturer puts his own version on their knives.  Some are stylized and very simple:
http://laguiole-southwest.com/frenchcorkscrews.html

while others show more detail:

http://laguiole-southwest.com/champagnesabres.html

http://laguiole-southwest.com/pipecigarknives.html

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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2008, 10:18:42 PM »

Very Cool.

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Brendhan

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2008, 10:55:59 PM »

that is cool.  i love knives. i have a couple of nice sigs and colts, but they are more utility than decorative. 

these look like they could be a little spendy!
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2008, 11:13:52 PM »

OK..........I'll tell you a story:

My friend. Ron and I were on a barge for a week and then got on our bicycles to ride from the Chablis region into Burgundy.  After 2 weeks, we arrived at a place called Beaune and right across the street from our hotel was a wonderful store that sold only knives.  Ron fell for a Laguiole steak knife set that had a different kind of wood on each of the six steak knives (ebony, snakewood, briar root, boxwood, juniper and rosewood).  We both ordered a set that was sent to our house, but when they arrived it was a different manufacturer than the one we had originally chosen.  Ron emailed the shop keeper, told him of the error and today, both of us received the set we had originally requested.  Now, you've got to understand that both of us have 2 sets but have only paid for one.  The shop keeper was a man of his word and felt as though the customer should get what he wants; he did not bill us for the second set.  I thought it was quite admirable.  Of course, we emailed him, willing to pay him for the second set.
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2008, 12:51:38 AM »

Great to see anothe bike rider in here, and like I say, honesty pays off in the long run!
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