Abigail Cahill O'Brien

Laguiole Flatware

In Feathering the Nest on January 29, 2010 at 8:30 am

Laguiole flatware, $289 for 20 pieces at Williams-Sonoma. Beware, this is a light-weight version!

On the blessed day we upgrade from my husband’s bachelor-days flatware, we’re going with the lustrous curves of Laguiole Jean Dubost.

Laguiole (which I just found out is pronounced “LAYOL”) is the name of a small village near the south-central city of Thiers, France. The village’s name came to be associated with the knives made there, but it has never been trademarked and suffers from loosey-goosey usage by a whole host of manufacturers. Though major home and kitchen stores sell it, buyer beware: they often don’t provide information on weight and some of the reviews report dinky utensils.

French Only is a terrific source for learning about and buying authentic Laguiole.  They also sell via eBay.

Personally I’m hankering after the Laguiole Jean Dubost hefty 25/10 weight 40 piece set in either black or ivory. “Jean Dubost” is a high quality, well respected family brand.  It would look so satisfying against our dark, burled dining table. And yes, they’re dishwasher safe.

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