LOL, I guess that’s true, CK. What put me off is reading the many Amazon reviews for Laguiole steak knives. Even for exactly the same product listing of “brand name” Laguiole knives marked “France” on the blade and with a “certificate of authenticity”, some people said they were fantastic and others said that they were obvious fakes. I don’t think the wide variation in reported quality can be attributed to differences in the experience and expectations of the reviewers.
Here’s a typical example of a worrisome Amazon listing:
As one reviewer reported:
“We received two sets of these knives. The first set were the original
ones from France. Excellent quality and a nice balanced weight.
Beautiful engraving and the bee. The box was the one with the hinged
lid. Ordered the other to add to the first from the same place and they
were definitely fake. Nothing matched the picture.”
And another comment:
“Much of the items on Amazon are copies, fakes, counterfeits, and replicas now. Buyer beware.”
That’s why I decided not to take the risk of buying “Laguiole” steak knives online. I’d only feel safe purchasing them at a reputable brick and mortar store, as Midlife did.