A rare handmade corkscrew by French Master Cutler Claude Dozorme
The Clos Laguiole collection is a superb modern adaptation of the beautiful Laguiole knives into efficient and magnificent handmade corkscrews. Master Cutler Claude Dozorme is a historic Laguiole knives maker from Thiers since 1902, always creating new designs and mechanism innovations while respecting its rooted handmade & artcraft traditions, those of Thiers city and Laguiole.
Laguiole knives are those svelte knives type with curved line shapes ornamented with a mythical bee and chiseled springs. Their name is "Laguiole" because they were first designed and produced to address the needs of the inhabitant of Laguiole, a small village in Aveyron, France. Historically, the true Laguiole knives have been essentially manufactured by the cutlers of Thiers, France and Europe Knife capital city since the Middle-Age, and very close from Laguiole.
Clos Laguiole corkscrews present generous precious handles, polished by hand, with nicely chiseled springs. On the innovation side, the mythical bee has been transformed into a smart mechanism of self axis fastening for the lever whenever needed, thanks to the little wrench provided. It will therefore never be "loose", a regular issue on other corkscrews with time. The same principle has been developed for the drill, which, by the way, is tapered to let you open your old bottles without breaking the cork. Clos Laguiole are assembled with micro Torx screws, the latest screw innovations with proven superior efficiency to maintain tight the parts assembled. They have a micro serrated edge foil cutter made of top of the range steel.
Model handle: Damascus Steel. Damascus was a type of multiple layers steel used for manufacturing sword blades centuries ago in the Near East. These swords were characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be tough, resistant to shattering and capable of being honed to a sharp, resilient edge. The technics were lost then rediscovered to produce high quality and luxury knives.