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Couteau fromage bleu blanc rouge

Couteau à fromage bleu blanc rouge

One of the greatest pride in the Claude Dozorme cutlery is to maintain its entire production in France. All manufacturing steps are in fact entirely manufactured within the cutlery industry, from the cutting of steel to the assembly of knives via grinding, polishing and sharpening.
A know-how of excellence exercised for more than 100 years!

In order to promote this 100% French production to the greatest number of people, the family-owned factory has designed new ranges of pocket knives, kitchen knives or sommeliers ostensibly displaying the colors of France or alluding to French cultural heritage.

Clos Laguiole France Bouleau nain

Clos Laguiole bleu blanc rouge

Thus some products of the family cutlery is adorned with a blue white red border on their sleeves that also reminds the collar of the MOF (Meilleur Ouvrier de France). This is the case for the sommelier Clos Laguiole, as well as the brand new large cheese knife, both dressed with a dwarf birch handle.

As for the collection of Liners Le Thiers® named Made in France, it is reminiscent of the famous Eiffel Tower or the half-timbering typical medieval houses of the city of Thiers, with its braces affixed to a colored plexiglass.
Available in 4 colors (black, blue, white and red), this knife with sharp lines is presented on a specific map highlighting the French cultural heritage.

Couteau Claude Dozorme Made in France
Couteau Claude Dozorme Made in France
Couteau Claude Dozorme Made in France

Beautiful winks to the art of living in the French!

 

Want to “shop” these new knives by Dozorme?

Visit our online store, La Grande Coutellerie to find more information on Clos Laguiole and on Le Thiers® Made in France collection!

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Yellow Bellies

Usine "L'enfer" à Thiers

We are in the middle of the 19th century and the cutlery industry is in full swing. At that time, the cutlery business occupies 25,000 people. In the valley, the factories beat the iron and the spinning wheels sharpen the blades. In the city, we assemble, polish, trade, repair … Thiers and its surroundings live and breathe knives all day long. One of the specificities of cutlery in Thiers is the manufacture of regional knives, the most famous is the Laguiole (named after a village in Aveyron).

However, nothing predestined Thiers to this specialization. There are no iron or steel mines or sandstone quarries on the site. But there is the forceful river Durolle, whose hydraulic force will provide the energy needed mills and factories cutlers. Not to mention the tremendous obstinacy and motivation of a population occupying a difficult and steep territory. Moreover, from the 17th century, the knives made in Thiers were exported from the ports of Bordeaux and Nantes, via Spain and Italy, to the Levant. But it is truly in the nineteenth century that cutlery will grow phenomenally.

« Vallée des Usines » au bord de la Durolle
« Vallée des Usines » au bord de la Durolle

Built along the banks of the Durolle, in what is now known as «Vallée des Usines” also called “Le Creux de l’Enfer”, the workshops take full advantage of the energy provided by the river to produce and supply massively the hardware stores wholesalers from France and Navarre. And this, thanks to a successful organization of work, based on fragmentation: the work is split between a multitude of workshops that only perform a stage of manufacture. So there are as many trades as stages of making a knife. This is work at home governed by a specific collective agreement.

It is here, in the heart of one of these spinning wheels that a certain Blaise Dozorme starts his professional activity as a grinder. Nicknamed “the wolf” by his peers, he acquires an invaluable know-how in the treatment of steel and grind. Taking advantage of this expertise acquired over time, he decided to install a small cutlery workshop in his house. We are then in 1902, the Dozorme cutlery was born…

Les ventres jaunes, ces centaines d'émouleurs couchés côte à côte sur le ventre« At Creux de l’Enfer, one of the spinning wheels where Blaise Dozorme learned the job of grinder » a Dozorme’s picture.

Local memory still remembers the “yellow bellies”, these hundreds of grinders (who give their edge to the blades) lying side by side on the belly above the wheels with their dogs lying on the legs to warm them up. This specific position to the French cutlery business allowed them to support the blade on the sandstone wheel to give it its first edge. A position far from comfortable but certainly the most stable to perform this crucial step in the manufacture of a knife. It must be remembered that the grinder has a primary role and his work is certainly the most prestigious in the production line of a knife. Indeed, this step of grinding the blade to refine it will determine the longevity and quality of the cutting edge of the future blade, the quality of its cut and the ability to rebuild the knife several times after use!

Fabrication des couteaux Claude DozormeToday, “grind” is always done with great care but is performed in a vertical position, a much more comfortable posture or numerically with high precision equipment.

The Claude Dozorme factory has fully integrated this crucial step by equipping itself with a state-of-the-art, high-performance emulsion machine equipped with digital sensors that measure the wear of the grinding wheel and reposition it in order to obtain an excessively precise and constant grinding on all the blades Claude Dozorme. This is one of the reasons why the pocket knives, table knives and kitchen knives produced by the family factory offer perfect cutting quality.

Photo : The grind of Claude Dozorme’s knives, nowadays

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A brand new corkscrew Le Thiers® for Dozorme

The opening of a bottle requires good tools perfectly adapted. That’s why Claude Dozorme company offers very high precision corkscrew that have an excellent grip. Appreciated by connoisseurs, the Dozorme’s corkscrew are made in close collaboration with professionals, whether they are wine merchants, oenologists or sommeliers.

Little brother of Clos Laguiole the corkscrew Le Thiers® is the last born of the cutlery located in Thiers.

 

Sommelier Le Thiers® pour Dozorme

Entirely hand-made in the cutlery workshops, the corkscrew Le Thiers® has a conical drill specially designed in a high-quality steel guaranteeing a perfect opening of the bottles (even the oldest) without damaging or breaking the plugs. Its double-lever toad allows extraction of corks in 2 times, to avoid the broken caps or crumbling in the wine. And to perfect the service, the corkscrew Le Thiers® is equipped with a notched capsule cutter that offers a clean and easy cutting of all the lids of the wine bottles.

Sommelier Le Thiers® pour Dozorme

Available in 6 models, the sleeves of the corkscrew Le Thiers® are adorned with wood or horns: dwarf birch, juniper, ebony, deer, ram or light horn. Because each nectar deserves the best!

Exclusive launch at the last Maison & Objet show in Paris.

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Dozorme sabers the Champagne !

Ambiance - Sabre Prestige

What would be the end of year celebrations without Champagne, a sparkling symbol of French elegance and refinement ? Loved worldwide for its light, sparkling bubbles and its unique taste, it’s the standard bearer for the image and attractiveness of France. The opening and serving of Champagne is imbued with a certain ritual. The most emblematic of these is still the sabering of the neck of the bottle.

To perpetuate this centuries-old tradition, the Claude Dozorme Company is reissuing magnificent collections of Champagne sabers, entirely made in France in the heart of the family factory in Thiers.

 

SABER DESIGN collection

Modern and contemporary, the champagne sabers DESIGN Claude Dozorme come are available in 3 models :

 

 

SABER PRESTIGE collection

Extreme refinement for the collection of PRESTIGE Champagne sabers Claude Dozorme available in 6 models with emblematic names :

Other existing models

  • Lafayette : green handle and golden guild in fine gold
  • Mac Mahon : black handle and silvered guild
  • Lassalle : blue handle and silvered guild

 

We love : The dragon trimmings hark back to the days when the riders of the napoleonic cavalry wore their arms at the wrist.

 

Do you know the origin of this tradition ?

The practice of sabering champagne dates back to the nineteenth century and the hussars of the Napoleonic Guard. Indeed, these brave warriors used to pay homage to victory, vigor, virility and the ladies by … blowing up the champagne cork with a simple flip of the blade. They sabered the Champagne. A spectacular and masterful gesture explained by Claudine and Claude Dozorme.

Somewhat fallen into disuse in recent years, sabered remains a true symbol of the French way of life, both chic and timeless and invariably evokes the most beautiful solemn parties.

So why not be tempted by this magnificent original and prestigious object that will gracefully accompany all your events ?

Pour + de renseignements, rendez-vous du côté de la boutique en ligne “Sabre à champagne”.

For more information, go to the online shop “Champagne Saber”.

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