Jean Dubost Laguiole Knives with Olive Wood Handles, Set of 6
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- 6 piece knife set
- Wood handle with 2.5mm guage stainless steel blade
- Sharp blade
- Wooden box included for knife storage
- 9 inch knife
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The Jean Dubost name is famous worldwide for its Laguiole knives. They have been produced in the South of France since the early 1900’s. The family continues to produce high quality knives and flatware using the same traditions and skills that have been passed from generation to generation. Each knife is embellished with a bumble bee which is the traditional symbol on Laguiole knives. Each knife in this set of 6, is made from high quality materials and must complete 25 manual production stages before it is ready to be sold.
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- These knives are NOT forged, but instead are cheap stamped stainless steel of claimed 18/8 quality but are thin and the blades flex easily.
- The olive wood used is of lower grade younger sources as it does not exhibit the kind of grain character and quality typically associated with better source olive wood.
- Though this has a full tang, the construction is simple and does not follow the more authentic practice of a more substantial forged hand-chiseled spring.
- The blade edges are not honed and exhibit spurs and chips in the set I purchased
- The finish while highly polished does not appear as it will hold up well and my set was leaving black greasy like marks on the drying towel after cleaning by hand.
I have no proof that these knives were not made in France as the "certified" label states, but the construction quality suggests otherwise.
Fair warning - you will find Wine Enthusiast and Willams-Sonoma selling this product as well. You would think they should know better. If this set of knives was priced at $99 or less and you only wanted the look of a real Laguiole product and were OK with the mediocre quality I'd say go for it. But at this price point these Jean Dubost knives are a rip off.
If you want more background on true quality Laguiole knives the Laguiole Imports website can be very helpful. They have a guidelines page that I wish I found before purchasing this horrible product.