Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

The Making of What Might Be the Perfect Corkscrew

Forge de Laguiole makes some of the world's finest knives and corkscrews: solid to handle and nothing superfluous. The first knife - crafted almost two centuries ago - was a multitool device used by peasants in the Aubrac plateau in southern France. While initially furnished with an oak or boxwood handle, today's folding knife - based on the "gentrified" 1990 version - comes in cow horn, deer antlers or even ebony. Corkscrews, champagne sabers and cigar cutters also are available. Expect to pay at least $200 for a knife. Photographs by Balint Porneczi for Bloomberg

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    After the initial cutting in the sawing workshop, each side of the handle is adjusted to fit between the two bolsters.

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    Knife handle templates hang from a wall.

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    Corkscrews are gathered for assembly - the 'Laguiole Sommelier' was created in collaboration with professional sommeliers. 

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    A worker inspects a polished Aubrac cow horn.

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    A cutler works red hot metal bolster components.

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    Pocket knife spring components are tempered in a furnace.

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    A strip of stamped metal bolster components cooling down.

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    Red hot pocket knife blades cooling.

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    Workers wearing metal aprons polish pocket knife blades.

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    A cutler assembles pocket knives.

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    Sparks fly as a cutler sands a pocket knife - each knife is hand finished.

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    After being cleaned using jeweler’s techniques, each knife is inspected individually.

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    Finished designer table knives on display in the gift shop at Forge De Laguiole.