In France, a knife is very personal and revered. Men typically carry a knife in their pocket so that when they eat away from home, they are always certain to have a sharp knife. The French are very serious about their food! But, a knife is not only used for cutting food.
A Knife Isn't Only for Cutting
A knife is more than just a tool for cutting food. You can use your knife to organize the food on your plate between bites and to push the food onto your fork. It encourages slow eating by creating a natural pause between bites. When you eat slowly, your stomach has time to alert your brain when you are full, so you don't overeat. Besides supporting weight management, this will also support your digestion.
For children, using a knife helps to develop their fine motor skills, and teaches them proper table etiquette. Even if you have to cut their food for them, children can use their child safety knives to organize the food on their plates and help put the food in their forks. A classic French child safety knife is the Opinel.
From top to bottom in the photo above. Red and Pink Opinel knives with rounded tips for kids. Priced at around $20. They are high quality and made to last for decades if you hand-wash them. They will be a family heirloom to pass on to grandchildren.
My husband Pierre's 40-year-old Laguiole folding knife with the classic cork opener. Priced at around $300 for a good one.
My basic folding knife. It is priced at around $100.
Custom-made folding knife with mammoth tooth handle and Damascus blade. Handmade in Thiers, France. An investment for a unique gift or a family heirloom.
The Opinel knives are starter knives for children. It is a tradition to give every child their own personal knife, and when they are grown, the right of passage is to get a Laguiole. My husband Pierre has had his knife for over 40 years.
Start a family tradition today and get your children their own Opinel. It folds in half and includes a safety lock.
Inquire here about a custom handmade Laguiole by our craftsman in Thiers, France. The knives are custom ordered and handmade with a damask blade and materials such as olive wood, rosewood, Abalone shell, Izmir Stone, or oak wood from the Château Versailles.