Photography - Denise Braki. Styling - Adam Powell.

Photography – Denise Braki. Styling – Adam Powell.

Once a local secret, Laguiole cutlery is now a style statement found on tables around the world. Here’s how it happened.

The story starts, charmingly, in the small French village of Laguiole where local farmers and shepherds started crafting folding knives using bone or wood handles in the 1820s.

Photography - Denise Braki. Styling - Adam Powell.

Photography – Denise Braki. Styling – Adam Powell.

Huge demand for the distinctive style and famous forged bee means the Laguiole style is now produced around the world. We believe in authenticity, so we sourced these knives and cutlery sets from Jean Néron Coutellerie, a third generation family business in Chabreloche, France.

Why we love Laguiole - Temple & Webster Journal

Photography – Denise Braki. Styling – Adam Powell.

As for the decorative bee (a royal seal of approval bestowed by Napoleon, according to local legend), it’s just one of the details we love about Laguiole, along with the colourful handles and slim profile.

Photography - Denise Braki. Styling - Adam Powell.

Photography – Denise Braki. Styling – Adam Powell.

There’s lots to love – not least the versatility, practicality and that air of easy elegance that Laguiole adds. Dress it up with white linens, or take it in a rustic direction with timber serving boards and garden blooms.

Photography - Denise Braki. Styling - Adam Powell. Model - Lauren Gough

Photography – Denise Braki. Styling – Adam Powell. Model – Lauren Gough

And when you’re done, throw it in the dishwasher and relax, with a quiet thank you to that fondly-remembered French farmer.

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