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The blacksmith’s workshop

Our family business employs more than half a dozen blacksmiths.

Les ateliers de la forge moderne de la coutellerie de Laguiole Honoré Durand

The profession of blacksmith (or the journey of the steel and brass)

A blacksmith’s job requires two sets of skills:

- mechanical: cold working

- forging: hot working. The stainless steel or brass workpiece is heated in order to form it. 

It is a profession that requires a variety of materials (each with their particular tools):

- presses (for trimming, forging, stamping, etc.)

- abrading machines (for the beveled edge of the blade or for honing at an angle)

- jig boring machine (welding of bolsters, etc.)

- machines for buffing, honing, engraving, etc.

Bloc de frappe des ateliers de la forge moderne de la coutellerie Honoré Durand à Laguiole

 

The profession of blacksmith (or the journey of the steel and brass)

A blacksmith’s job requires two sets of skills:

- mechanical: cold working

- forging: hot working. The stainless steel or brass workpiece is heated in order to form it. 

It is a profession that requires a variety of materials (each with their particular tools):

- presses (for trimming, forging, stamping, etc.)

- abrading machines (for the beveled edge of the blade or for honing at an angle)

- jig boring machine (welding of bolsters, etc.)

- machines for buffing, honing, engraving, etc.

Couteau Laguiole Honoré Durand avec lame Acier Damas

Videos of our equipments in action:

Crafting the spring with a forged bee

Abeille massive avant et aprés détourage avec la chute d'acier et dessous l'outil servant à cela 

1 - Solid bee before and after trimming, with the steel offcuts

Lot de ressorts crépes avant mise en forme d'abeille 

2 - Batch of crimp springs before shaping into a bee

Chauffe par induction de la pièce abeille donc de la pointe du ressort 

3 - Heating of the bee workpiece using induction

Abeille chauffée avant écrasement pour donner le motif abeille 

4 - Heated bee prior to flattening in order to obtain the bee motif

Apres écrasement l'abeille est devenue abeille 

5 - Once flattened, the bee is now a bee

Chauffe par induction de l'abeille pour détourage de l'abeille 

6 - Heating of the bee using induction in order to trim the bee

Abeille devenue abeille, fin opération 

7 - Bee is now a bee, end of process

Lot de ressorts avec abeille avant détourage 

8 - Batch of springs with bee prior to trimming

Détourage des abeilles massives sur presse à découper 

9 - Trimming of solid bees on blanking press

Fashioning the blade

poinçon servant à marquer les lames 
1 - Stamp used to mark the blades
Poinçon de marquage du logo avec couteau en arrière plan 
2 - Stamp for marking the logo, showing knife in background
Découpe de lame avec presse à découper 
3 - Cutting the blade with blanking press
Chutes d'acier aprés découpe de lames 
4 - Steel offcuts after blades have been cut
Lame en place sur porte outil machine à émoudre 
5 - Blade positioned on tool holder for the abrading machine
Lame en place sur porte outil machine à émoudre avec eau qui coule 
6 - Blade positioned on tool holder for the abrading machine, with running water
Lames en sortie d'émouture, gros plan 
7 - Blades after honing, close-up view
Lames dans un vibrateur pour polissage initial 
8 - Blades in a vibrating machine for initial buffing
Lame en cours de polissage final manuel 
9 - Blade undergoing final buffing by hand
   


Fashioning the bolsters

Découpe de lopins de laiton qui vont être écrasés pour devenir des mitres 
1 - Cutting the brass blanks that will be flattened to produce bolsters
Découpe de lopins de laiton qui vont être écrasés pour devenir des mitres 
2 - Cutting the brass blanks that will be flattened to produce bolsters (end of operation)
Mitres inox aprés découpe 
3 - Stainless steel bolsters after cutting
Mitres inox aprés découpe vue plus en gros plan 
4 - Stainless steel bolsters after cutting, close-up view


Fashioning the liners

Lot de platines inox en fin de fabrication 
1 - Batch of finished stainless steel liners
Divers outils support pour soudure par point des mitres avec les platines 
2 - Different tool holders for tack welding the bolsters to the liners
Soudure par point des mitres sur les platines inox 
3 - Tack welding of bolsters on the stainless steel liners
Soudure par point des mitres sur les platines inox gros plan 
4 - Tack welding of the bolsters on the stainless steel liners, close-up view
Percage manuel de platines et mitres inox 
5 - Manual drilling of stainless steel liners and bolsters
Mise en place de chanfreins sur platines inox 
6 - Fitting chamfers on the stainless steel liners
Percage manuel de platines et mitres inox fin opération 
7 - Manual drilling of stainless steel liners and bolsters


Crafting the springs

Vue de ressorts aprés découpe 
1 - View of springs after cutting
Deux lots de ressorts avec crepes et abeilles 
2 - Two batches of springs with crimps and bees
Ciselage manuel de ressorts abeilles massives 
3 - Hand chiseling of solid bee springs
Gros plan sur lot de ressorts terminés 
4 - Batch of completed springs in close-up view


The parts that go to make a Laguiole knife

Les pièces constituant le couteau de Laguiole


1 - Right side 
4 - Nail
7 - Left side 
10 - Bottom bolster 
13 - Shield

2 - Cap bolster
5 - Cap bolster 
8 - Right liner
11 - Awl 
14 - Bottom bolster

3 - Pivot pin in nickel silver
6 - Left liner
9 - Pivot pin in nickel silver
12 - Spring

Knifemaking course:

Find out what it’s like to work as a knifemaker for a day and take home a Laguiole that you’ve made yourself!

Further details


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