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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

 ericd wrote:

About 5 years ago my Grandmother (and only for reasons known to herself) carried her deceased husband's flick knife, in her hand bag through the security control at Nantes airport on her way to Marseilles. They wanted to confiscate the item but her look of horror and near panic attack made them think better....she was allowed to return to the main desk to check it in ....

I eat with a Laguiole (inherited from my Father) which I must bring with me to France next time round and take to the town of Laguiole to give it a full MOT.

Has your laguoile got a "mouche" on the handle?

And I think a flick knife is called un couteau à cran d'arrêt.  Is that correct?

I'm only learning these terms so that I can sound as though I know a thing or two about knives when I next eat with OH's copins! 


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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

Laguioles have an abeille on the handle not a mouche, I have one always in my thigh pocket together with a mini maglite, a hangover from my backpacking days, the little pocket is meant for a mobile phone except now the smart ones are all too big.

Erics photos of the peelers just go to prove a chacun son epluche legume! the number two is the one I cant stand, number one would be OK but only if it had a swivelling blade, the red one underneath the page 2 numbering is the type I favour although I see some photos show it cutting towards the hand.

Whats the name for a lock-knife? The lack of a blade lock is the failing of my Laguiole but its so slender that I put up with it.


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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

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This is the one I use, the cheapest and most cheerful as far as I am concerned….. and then in Geneva, I found one of these that was gold plated with a price to match, so not all are cheapBig Smile [:D]. http://goo.gl/5gJgw

 

 

http://goo.gl/pTxEc  and this is the one my husband prefers, I can use this one, but it find it harder to hold that mine. And as I find it harder to hold, cannot use it as quickly.


My husband always carries an Opinel No 08 french folding knife with a blade lock, when out walking. When we were in France, he would always carry it along with his papiers, but as they are no longer required, it does get left at home most of the time.


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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

Yes, id, that is also the one I favoured.  Alas, I lost mine some years ago and haven't been able to find one as good since.  I think mine was from Tesco.

Now I have one with a similar but smaller blade span and it has a long handleSad [:(]

Chance, if a laguoile has un abeille, which marque is it that has the mouche?

I have a Joseph Rodgers and I got it because a friend's husband lost his Rodgers and was so upset about it that I found a knife specialist on-line and bought him one.  So, as I already had to pay postage, I thought I'd buy myself one at the same time!Smile [:)]

Edit:  forgot to mention that it has the Rodgers Star and Cross on the handle


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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

Sweet.....Laguiole !!! Copy this 100 times. Thanks.

A real Laguiole hasn't necessary got the "abeille" emblem on it's mouche......I see you wondering what on earth is he talking about.

In knife technical terms, the "mouche" is the name for the thick part of the end of the blade where it folds against the spring. So the "mouche" (next to the spring) can carry the emblem of a "mouche" or "abeille" or many other emblems such as "trefle a quatre feuilles" or a "tete de vache".

Please note that Laguiole is not a registered mark (BIG error on their behalf hence the various emblems on offer) so all the so-called Laguiole sold cheaply in the supermarket with the abeille on the mouche (got it ???) and a plastic handle are made in China/Pakistan and not worse the bother.

A real Laguiole will have a number and name (supposedly of the artisan maker) stamped in the steel at the base of the blade (mine has). It's handle will be made of a noble base (wood, horn, ivory ect.).

Agood Laguiole can be purchased for between €60 and €150 and above. Anything lower in price is likely to be an import.


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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

 ericd wrote:

Sweet.....Laguiole !!! Copy this 100 times. Thanks.

Ah but I can pronounce it!Big Smile [:D]  A few years ago, I sat next to a very posh French lady at a charity dinner.  Her husband was a retired vigneron and they were definitely BCBG.  When we got to the cheese, I said I liked "laguiole" (see, I have learnt?), mis-pronouncing it badly.  She MADE me say it until I got it right!

She was a beautifully dressed, charming elderly lady and, guess what, she left me her address and invited me to visit.  As I'd only just met her, I decided that my ability to pronounce laguiole must have been what got me the invitation!

Thank you for explaining about the mouche.  Of course, it's only the French who could have an abeille on a mouche, nothiing new there then?Big Smile [:D]Stick out tongue [:P]


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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

Thank you for that explanation, ericd! I was wondering why Laguiole seemed to have suddenly gone in for making cheap, colourful versions.

Somebody told me that the name is pronounced "la-yoll". Is this right?

Angela

PS i am with your husband, idun, in my choice of veg peeler, but am amazed that anything so simple could cost more than £4 on Amazon!
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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

Following the previous post, I've got a nemonic (can't spell that either Confused [8-)]) for spelling "laguiole" now and will NEVER get it wrong again.

For what it's worth, the way to remember is say to yourself:  You before I? Oh!

That's it!


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