The Knife : Forge De Laguiole
Each knife takes several days to create. Over 40 successive steps are needed to achieve just one blade. The quality of the finish, the strenth of the blade and its spring, the thickness of the bolsters and plates, as well as the accuracy of its calibration are the elements that contribute to its lifespan.
The blades and other components are forged in the village of Laguiole, France. Each model is assembled and shaped by the same cutler to assure accountability and pride of ownership of the final blade. The lines of the knife must respect the general profile determined by the Laguiole cutlers of the nineteenth century and today those same lines inspires many designers. Appreciated by collectors, it has a perfect edge and seasoned gracefully by changing colors and patina. It retains its luster and sharpness over the years. A true Laguiole knife can only be Forged in the Village of Laguiole, much like Champagne is produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region.
In French tradition the propriétaire of an establishment would store their special guest personal steak knife for their own use. Some knives would be engraved with the guest name and some would come with a leather case for their guest to take on their travels.
Sevenbeef has chosen the Routard Knife, Brazilian Snakewood/Amourette handle, and leather case. The traditional symbol of the Laguiole bee is replaced by a globe and the spring is engraved with “Laguiole du Routard”. This knife is being made in collaboration with the “Routard Travel Guide”. We hope it will accompany you on your journey at 7 Beef.