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Caring for your Laguiole knife

A genuine Laguiole knife of ancestral tradition must be the everyday companion. It benefits from a total guarantee within the framework of normal use.

In general, after use, only clean the blade with a slightly damp cloth or sponge. Then wipe and store your Laguiole knife. If necessary, use a washing-up liquid. Clean the handle only if it has been soiled. Proceed in the same way as for the blade.

We do not recommend these uses: cleaning under the tap, soaking in water, putting in the dishwasher, cleaning the blade with an abrasive material, ...

These uses may not be covered by any guarantee because you damage both the material of the natural handle and the opening-closing mechanism for a folding Laguiole. 

Handle in natural material

For horn tip, horn, antlers, bones and rare materials: be careful. Avoid getting your handle wet.

For the antler, you can feed it to give it a shinier patina. Rub the handle with a soft cloth of olive oil.

Storage of your Laguiole and maintenance of the bolsters

We advise against storing your Laguiole in contact with keys, coins, other knives ... We do not recommend storing your Laguiole in a pocket or drawer because you will damage the handle and metal parts.

If you do not use your Laguiole for a few months, separate your Laguiole from its leather case (leather tanning can oxidise the brass). To make your brass bolsters shine again, use Ouator or Mirror on a cloth with elbow grease!

Sharpening your blade

For each of the 2 complementary sharpening operations, you work :
  -maintaining an average angle of 30° (you must never scratch a blade).
  -and by pressing the blade firmly on your sharpening tool

These operations only take a few minutes. To begin with, practice on an old knife to get the hang of it. Remember that making quick movements does not improve the quality of the sharpening, but you will have a high risk of scratching the blade and injuring your hands. Make the gesture slowly and with pressure.

The cut needs to be maintained. 

Use a good quality, magnetized sharpening steels with a good length (25 cm of wick). It is the same gesture as the water stone. Starting from the top of the sharpening steel wick and the heel of the blade, make the movement of cutting the sharpening steel down towards the hilt. Repeat the movement, alternating each side of the blade on each side of the sharpening steel. 

It can't hold the cut anymore.

Use a medium-grain knife stone. Soak the stone 10' in cold water. Then make a mouvement as if you wanted to cut a thin slice of stone (keeping the same angle) and alternate one side of the blade with the other. Repeat this movement. Do not hesitate to moisten the stone again while sharpening.

Maintenance of your Laguiole mechanism

A folding Laguiole has a mechanism. If it becomes difficult to open and close the blade, lubricate the mechanism, like a car engine (you will avoid premature wear of the mechanism). Use a type 3 in 1 oil or WD 40. Insert a drop of oil with the blade closed between the blade and the spring at the blade axis. Open and close the blade and wipe off the excess.

Can a Laguiole knife be repaired?

Any Laguiole knife can be repaired, even very old ones.

Change a worn blade, a tired spring, a rib (one side of the handle), ...

But beware, sometimes the repair costs more than buying a new one ! 

Do not hesitate to ask us for a free estimate. (see our Repair Service page)

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