With a history of over 150 years, Laguiole knives are steeped in legends from their time. Here's a brief overview: Like any famous item, Laguiole has been associated with various legends regarding its origin and creation. These legends all share the common thread of being highly imaginative, stemming from the fact that the knife's origin is well-documented. The bee on the handle: According to local legend, it is said to be the imperial seal of Napoleon I, presented by the emperor to the town of Laguiole as a token of appreciation for the bravery of the village's native men in battle.
Is There Only a Bee on the Spring?
Referring to antique Laguiole knives aged 100 to 150 years, the bee is not the only motif visible on the spring of Laguiole knives. A human face, a four-leaf clover (a symbol of good luck), a scallop shell (related to the Saint James' Way crossing the Aubrac), a smooth bee... Everyone has their interpretation.
Why is a Laguiole knife sold rather than given as a gift? This falls into the realm of superstition. There is, in fact, a custom that dictates sharp objects should not be given as gifts, as it may cut the friendship or love between the giver and the recipient. To ward off bad luck, or simply as tradition, it is "recommended" for the person receiving the knife as a gift to give a symbolic coin to create an exchange with the one who gave the knife.
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