The Laguiole knife is originally a high-quality traditional Occitan pocket-knife, produced in Thiers and in the small village of Laguiole, both located in the Massif central region of France. "Laguiole" is neither a trademark nor a company name. Rather, the name "laguiole" became associated with a specific shape of a traditional knife common to this area.
As laguiole designates a type of knife and is not a brand or trade name of cutlery, laguiole knives are manufactured globally. This has led to the widespread availability of inexpensive, and sometimes low-quality, knives manufactured in Asia. Quality laguiole knives are handcrafted in France by skilled workers. Quality French manufacturers stamp a trademark or signature into the steel of their knives. A description of the type of steel used and "Made in France", will often be stamped as well. This is a guarantee of origin.