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The luxury soul, the knife star

The family factory Claude Dozorme has not stopped offering a cutlery ever bolder, inventive and imprinted with the codes of haute couture or jewelery.

L’Ame luxe, la star des couteaux

All around the world, many prestigious establishments (La Tour d’Argent in Paris, Royal Hotel of Evian les Bains or Jean-Georges in New York to name a few) do not hesitate to dress their knife tables branded by the famous brand with the head of a wolf.

It is for this new clientele, whose luxury is a daily reality, that the factory has designed a brand new knife called “L’Ame Luxe”.

 

A new creation by Thomas Bastide

For this last creation, the cutlery Claude Dozorme has once again approached Thomas Bastide, a famous designer. After having reinterpreted Le Thiers® twice already, Thomas Bastide has reoffended with a variation of the Shadow model.

Atypical knife, the Shadow offers 2 asymmetrical handles Bakelite. For this new version, he wanted to replace one of the sides of the handle with a much finer and luxurious piece. Used to work the crystal, Thomas Bastide had the idea to add a piece of metal cut like a diamond faceted. For this, he was inspired by an existing size in the crystal of lapidaries: the diamond cut diamond he applied to one of the nickel ribs affixed to this new Le Thiers® knife.

The work done by the designer on the face of the neck is worthy of a work of goldsmith. A true declination high-jewelry!
The back of the handle is offered in black bakelite or polished matt or gloss polish according to the wishes of the customer.

Sommeliers Le Thiers - Claude Dozorme

Sommeliers Le Thiers

Clos Laguiole - Claude Dorzorme

Clos Laguiole

L’Ame Luxe, the latest addition to the Claude Dozorme range of knives, was launched at the last Maison & Objet show. A luxurious version for the famous Clos Laguiole and sommelier Le Thiers® was also previewed on this occasion.

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Claude Dozorme in the China’s conquest

Claude Dozorme à la conquête de la ChineWhile the Dozorme cutlery storms the Chinese market, its manager Claudine Dozorme has decided to surround herself with experts to accelerate her commercial approach. At his side, Rui Ytournel, a bubbly young woman of Chinese origin settled in Auvergne since 2004.

“I came to France in 2004 to study. I then worked in a forge and learned the work of the material.” Rui explains. Commercial export for 5 years, she decided in 2017 to create her company to support companies in the Auvergne region in their export development projects.

Open internationally to develop new markets

Claude Dozorme à la conquête de la Chine“I met Claudine Dozorme at a family meal because I am the neighbor of her parents. My father-in-law is also a cutler near Thiers. She then invited me to visit her factory and found her products very successful.”, recalls Rui. The two women exchange, complicity sets in … Rui accompanies Claudine on shows such as Maison & Objet in Paris and Ambiente in Frankfurt. Together, they then go to China for a week to meet prospects, to immerse themselves in the culture, customs, and identify the possibilities of commercial exploitation.

Today, Rui develops export-related devices and organizes contacts in the field. “At the beginning of the year, I created a Wechat account for the Claude Dozorme brand. It is an application used by almost all companies and a large majority of Chinese. There, we exchange our Wechat accounts more easily.”

Exporting French art de vivre: between challenges and opportunities

Let it be said, marketing knives in a country where you eat with chopsticks is a big challenge. But the brand can rest on the made in France which always has the wind in its sails, as Rui explains: “France has a good image with the Chinese public who equates the manufactured in France with the big luxury brands and other products top of the line. Our target: professionals and 5 star hotel-restaurants. Individuals are also becoming interested in the arts of the table and buy more and more sommeliers, champagne sabers.”

Another asset and not least: The Manufacture Claude Dozorme is able to manufacture unique pieces, customized and tailor-made and in small series. “That’s what the Chinese like.” Rui says before continuing: “The Chinese are also very sensitive to design. It’s a very strong selling point that allows the brand to position itself more easily on the market.”

Les couteaux Dozorme à la conquête de la Chine
Boutique Claude Dozorme en Chine
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Made in France

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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