Made In Solingen


It seems that the nature itself created the legendary story of Solingen. Its history dates back to the 14th century, when a little town, cosily situated in the beautiful valley of the Wupper river in Western Germany, became known to its neighbours for high quality swords and dagger blades.

Its craftsmen were blessed to work on the land which had everything needed for the metal industry. Its soil was rich in mineral ore for the production of iron; the surrounding forests allowed access to the coal needed for the forges and furnaces; the sandstone for grinding wheels was abundant in the waters of the Wupper river.

It was destined to be the centre of the future steel empire.

Solingen blacksmiths carefully kept their manufacturing traditions within the guild and were not allowed to relocate so all the secrets of creating metal masterpieces remained the property of Solingen. Soon the city became a victim of its own fame. The quality and precision of the knives, cutlery, blades and other cutting instruments was so high that fakes started to flood the market. Even European monarchs and kings valued Solingen weapons and placed orders to equip their armies involved in Middle Age wars.

Local craftsmen were allowed to protect their masterpieces by using the “Solingen quality” mark which is used on all Solingen products up to date. In 1938, a law called “Solingen Decree” was introduced in Germany and since then only products which were made in Solingen and followed the rigid manufacturing code, were permitted to have a trademark “Made in Solingen”. 

Today, Solingen is the home for high-end cutlery, knives, razors, scissors, manicure implements, surgical and industrial instruments.

Thanks to high quality materials and distinguished craftsmanship, Solingen is the name known to the entire world for the state of the art quality, durability and impeccable performance of its products.

Niegeloh Solingen Famous Manicure Brand

Interesting facts about Solingen

Museum Plagiaris Solingen Germany

Solingen became a victim of its own popularity when fake products from other regions were sold under Solingen quality. No wonder it became home to the Museum of Plagiarism which features 'Innovation versus Imitation' by displaying the originals of world-famous brands next to their fake copies (often undistinguishable even to an expert's eye).

 

 Fake Solingen Products

 

In the 19th century, many knife factories in the USA, Brazil and Mexico tried to replicate the success of Solingen by selling fake “Solingen” knives.



Solingen Flag

Weapon manufacturers in Solingen were much wealthier than cutlery manufacturers! During the Middle Ages many countries needed to defend their borders from invaders. Therefore, quality daggers, swords and other weapons were a real treasure - and thanks to the Wupper river which flows into Rhine, weapon manufacturers had greater access to other regions, where they sold their work.

 Museum Of Blades Solingen Germany To commemorate the origins of Solingen, the Museum of Blades rests in the heart of the city and contains the most extensive collection of cutlery in the world, as well as swords, knives and daggers from every culture and époque.
 Austerlitz Battle In 1805, in a famous battle between Napoleon and the Russian tsar Alexander I, near Austerlitz (present Check republic), it is believed that one of the reasons that contributed to Napoleon's victory, was the superior quality swords from Solingen.