Thiers, France is also one of the capitals of cutlery with tradition of knife making dating back to the 14th century. During the 17th century, mass production and export of French knives was already prevalent throughout the Mediterranean, South Africa, South America and Europe. Blunted table knives also originated in this region to help reduce the risk of dinnertime knife fights. King Louis XIV banned pointed table knives in 1699, and forks held in the left hand to spear the food soon appeared. Cutlers from Thiers has produced famous knives such Laguiole, which is a regional folding knife. Another type of regional knife called 'Le Thiers' was named after the famous French town and known as the capital of cutlery industry. During the 19th century, French knife making had success and developed a strong industrial base.
Knife making in Thiers has been an economic and creative staple for more than 400 years. It has long been renowned for the manufacturing fine knives and cutleries mad by famous manufacturers such as Chambriard Knives, Forge De Laguiole Knives, Nontron Knives, ETS Sabatier Aîné & Perrier, Sabatier Aîné & Perrier and TB Groupe.
Chambriard knives are all hand crafted using very fine materials. Its blade is made from Sandvik 12c27, a type of Swedish steel that is preferred by most high-end French cutlers. The widely known Forge De Laguiole is one of the finest producers of Lagouile style knives. It has produced high quality knives that are also 100% individually handcrafted pieces of art. The knives were also added with corkscrews when wine distribution in bottles became popular, rather in barrels. Nontron Knives have a unique look and style that set them apart from the others. It is recognized as the most traditional French knife and one of the oldest. ETS Sabatier Aîné & Perrier is also well-recognized for making Sabatier style of knife for more than 150 years. The family owned company Therias et L Econome is also one of the leading knife manufacturer in France. It has produced different knife styles and varieties since 1819. Knife manufacturer TB Groupe is also known for crafting quality cutlery since 1648.
Conclusion: Still a modern capital that has maintained it's reputation over time.