The Stainless Steel


The blades, made from the high-quality French T12 steel which is exclusively produced for Forge de Laguiole®, are forged to 1000°C in our manufactory in Laguiole, France. This stainless steel is the result of a perfectly balanced combination of carbon and chrome providing an exceptional cutting edge while guaranteeing a high durability.

The steel used for cutlery is mostly corrosion-resistant martensite steel. This steel is very tough and made of a high percentage of chromium, carbon and other elements that have interesting properties (molybdenum, vanadium).

Knife blades should sharpen well, be easy for the maker to shape and should have a good cutting resistance. These properties cannot be obtained simultaneously, it is necessary to find a compromise based on the use of the knife.

For the hard structure called martensite, the blade must undergo suitable heat treatment (annealing, quenching, tempering).

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