Any Way You Slice It

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As the story unfolds, it is clear that there is no one “laguiole” knife. The distinctive French cutlery with the bee on top, which may accompany your meat, takes its name from Laguiole, in southern France. The rural area is known for cattle breeding, and some say the bee is actually a fly–a symbol of the trade. The original handles were made from cow horns, and they folded for use in the fields, but Philippe Starck redesigned them in rigid aluminum in the eighties. Look for the ones made in France, for they are also made in China–though either will cut through your steak-frites.

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