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Authentic Forge de Laguiole- Is there a difference?
Laguiole corkscrew
"But your competitors have them much cheaper. Why should I buy yours?"

Here at Wine Hardware, we are often asked about the difference between our authentic Forge de Laguiole corkscrews and the many knock-offs that have recently permeated the marketplace. Here is what a Napa Valley wine shop recently wrote on the subject in their newsletter:

"Folks are often curious when "Laguiole" (pronounced lie-yole) knives and corkscrews are advertised elsewhere for as little as $25 each. If you see 'em for that price, they're knock-offs, plain and simple, made by inferior producers in neighboring towns (or even Taiwan). There's only one manufacturer of these world-famous products that can claim to be the authentic torchbearer of tradition - the Forge de Laguiole."

Additionally, the Wine Spectator ran a feature story on the village of Laguiole, France in their January 2001 edition. They commented that, thanks to the Forge, "the true Laguiole knives (have) recaptured their place as treasured collectors' items." These products are simply among the worlds finest when it comes to beauty, craftsmanship and durability. In a throwaway society, these are heirlooms you can keep for the rest of your life, then leave to your grandchildren. Accept no imitations - these are the real thing."

Be sure to accept no substitutes: Authentic Forge de Laguiole corkscrews and knives available exclusively from Wine Hardware.

  • All Laguiole items include a certificate of authenticity, confirming them as Forge de Laguiole products.
  • All Sommelier corkscrews include distinctive red two-piece gift box. Wood gift boxes available for Sommelier corkscrews @ $10.00 each.
  • Customization available on most products.
  • Many more products may be special ordered from the factory in Laguiole, France- please inquire!