Back in 1829 in the small village of Laguiole, situated in the L’Aubrac region of southern France, these knives were mainly acquired as an essential tool for shepherds and livestock farmers who used it for their daily tasks. Today, the Laguiole, gradually slimmed down and modified, is now coveted as a statement piece on a sophisticated table setting and favoured for use by renowned chefs such as Pierre Herme.
A bonafide knife-maker of the highest order, the Forge de Laguiole factory was unveiled in 1987 aimed at reintroducing the production of the Laguiole knife in Laguiole. Uniquely, it was designed by Philippe Starck, who built a distinctive and bold façade featuring glass and aluminum, with an 18-metre high gleaming blade soaring into the sky; symbolic of the dynamism of the company.
It made such an impact that the legendary designer was invited a year later to collaborate with actually designing a Languiole knife that had a polished handle and corrosion-resistant steel blade. This exquisite object was later selected by the Colbert Committee to be displayed at the Cooper Hewitt Museum as part of an exposition on French Art of Living. Today, it is part of the permanent collection ‘Design at MOMA’ of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Since then, other renowned designers have lent their talents to the interpretation of the Laguiole including Yan Pennor, Eric Raffy, Sonia Rykiel, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, C+B Lefebvre, Thomas Bastide, Olivier Gagnère, Matali Crasset, Pinel & Pinel, Christian Ghion, Andrée Putman, Hilton McConnico and Ora-ïto.
In 2012, Forge de Laguiole teamed up with Montblanc to unveil the Montblanc Masters for Meisterstück L’Aubrac. The collaboration brings together the expertise of both sets of master craftsmen, resulting is an exceptional collection of exquisite fountain pen editions composed of the L’Aubrac Special Edition, L’Aubrac Artisan Edition, and the L’Aubrac Atelier Privé Edition.
Apart from its extensive knife collections, Forge de Laguiole also offers a wide range of forks, soup spoons, tea spoons, and other unique products including cigar cutters, letter openers, artisanal spreads, presentation slates, and golf pitch repair knives.
Forge de Laguiole is available at B1 Robinson Orchard, Marina Bay Link Mall and Sultan of Shave.