Laguiole table knives maintenance guide


Before using it for the first time, take pleasure in discovering yours news knives and admiring the work of our knife makers. You have just acquired or received a set of Forge de Laguiole table knives, we invite you to read our maintenance guide before using it. Yours knives need a minimum of care to stay in good condition and guarantee its longevity.


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As a general rule, Laguiole knives do not like water

The natural materials of the handles, such as precious woods or horn, are particularly sensitive to humidity; it is therefore preferable to take precautions when cleaning and to wipe your knives well before storing them in a dry place.

To clean the blade of your knives, use a non-abrasive sponge with a dishwashing liquid to degrease the blade without scratching it, then rinse it under warm water and dry it carefully with a soft cloth.

Important: Do not put the natural handle materials of your knives under water, let them soak nor wash them in the dishwater.

Some of our knives are suitable for the dishwasher and are marked “waterproof”. For this purpose, use mild detergents and a gentle short washing program. Aggressive detergents should be avoided, as these can impair the appearance of the handles in the long term. After the rinse cycle, wipe the knives with a dry, soft cloth to avoid water residue.

For the table knives of the series “”Tradition”, the following materials are dishwasher safe :

  • Compressed fabric
  • Black and opalescent acrylic
  • Densified ash (by washing in the dishwasher there might be a slight “bleached” effect, which does not affect the quality of the material subject to compliance with the above recommandations)


Suitable dishwasher-safe models of the series “Signature”:

  • T6 LOG (Tableknives by Philippe Starck, stainless steel monobloc)
  • T6PUTMANFRD (Tableknives by Andrée Putman, handles in ashtree)
  • T4 BRASP PC (Tableknives by Bras, “Puech du Suquet” model, handles in vegetable fiber)
  • T4 BRASS PC (Tableknives by Bras, “Café Bras” model, handles in vegetable fiber)
  • T4 BRASC FRD (Tableknives by Bras, “Capuchadou” model, handles in ashtree)
  • T6GHION FRD (Tableknives by Christian Ghion, handles in ashtree)
  • T6 PAS FRD (Tableknives by Christian Ghion, “Gérald Passédat” model, handels in ashtree)
  • T6 MASSIF BRI (Tableknives by Christian Ghion, stainless steel monobloc)
  • T6 GHION PCU (Tableknives by Chrisitan Ghion, handles in vegetable fiber)
  • T6 SKEL (Tableknives by C+B LEFEBVRE, stainless steel monobloc)
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If you have any doubt, we invite you to refer to the product sheet on our website.

The blade

After use, we recommend that you clean the blade with a soft cloth or slightly damp sponge and then immediately wipe it with a dry cloth. To maintain the longevity of the blade, you can apply a little bit of oil (cooking oil) on the blade, to create a protective film.

If you have dishwasher-safe table knives, you should immediately wipe the blade with a soft cloth and dry it carefully so that no residue from the dirty water of the dishwasher is deposited.

Sharpening of the blade

For a regular sharpening in order to preserve the optimal quality of the edge of your blade we advise you to sharpen on a natural stone, (moisten the stone for about ten minutes before sharpening) by keeping a sharpening angle of 20°. You will find below a demonstration video.
Be sure to sharpen your knife regularly to keep its edge. If the edge of the blade needs to be revised, we advise you to contact our Forge de Laguiole after-sales service.
Of course, we recommend a normal use of our knife, the blade should not be used as a lever or a screwdriver, which could cause damages not covered by the warranty.


Watch our vidéo on knife sharpening

The handle

  • Wooden handle: A wooden knife can get a slight patina over time, to protect it and keep its beautiful appearance, you can apply a little linseed oil to nourish the wood.
  • Horn handle: horns are very sensitive to temperature variations and humidity, so be sure to keep your horn knife in a dry place at room temperature.
  • Stainless steel, aluminum or acrylic handles, compressed fabric, synthetic materials: The maintenance of these knives is facilitated, these materials are less sensitive as natural materials could be. For cleaning, simply wiping with a damp cloth and then with a dry cloth will do the trick.

The bolsters

The bolsters are very easy to clean. A short cleaning with a damp cloth is sufficient.


For storage, we recommend a box or knife case so that the knives do not touch each other and so that scratch marks (especially on the metal parts) can be prevented. 

Our after-sales service

We provide repair and after-sales service on all the knives produced in our Forge de Laguiole workshops (subject to the availability of certain raw materials and spare parts).
All our Forge de Laguiole knives are guaranteed against manufacturing defects, under normal use.
Each Forge de Laguiole knife can be maintained (polished, sharpened, repaired) and repaired with care by our knife smiths.


If you would like to call on our after-sales service, you can contact us at Please include a photo of your knife with your request so that we can identify it. Once this initial contact has been made, our team will then tell you the steps to follow for the proper handling of your knife. Be sure to keep all the parts of the knife for as complete an assessment as possible.

For any repair, our after-sales service team will take care to carry out a complete appraisal to send you a detailed estimate, no paying repair will be undertaken without your prior agreement. Please note that no estimate of the cost of repair can be confirmed on the basis of a simple photo. 

By following these maintenance tips you will be able to keep your Forge de Laguiole folding knife for many years, and pass it on to future generations!

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