The key distinguishing feature of Laguiole knives is the insect at the top of the handle. Many people believe it’s a bee, a royal seal of approval bestowed by Napoleon in gratitude for courageous fighting by local soldiers. Others think it’s a horse fly, familiar to local farmers. Whatever the story, it’s a charming detail and a good way to assess the quality of a knife.
The Jean Néron Coutellerie is located in Chabreloche, north of Laguiole in the Puy-de-Dome, in south-central France. A third generation family business, Jean Néron prides itself on producing cutlery according to longstanding tradition, but practical enough to be used every day – the colourful resin handles and inox stainless steel blades of this range are dishwasher proof.
Did you know – if you’re the recipient of the knife as a gift, it’s customary to give a coin in response to avoid cutting the ties of the friendship!
Cheese Knife – 9″ L