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Great Cutlery Regions

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Eli Chaps, Oct 30, 2020.

  1. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    Search this:

    Today, Fremont, OH is known as “The Cutlery Capital of the World

    So now we know the center of all knife creation.
  2. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    From the top of my head :
    - France : Thiers, Nontron and Nogent. Today, there are again Laguiole knives produced in and around the village of Laguiole (Forge de Laguiole, Honoré Durand, Laguiole en Aubrac).
    - Italy : Maniago
    - Spain : Toledo and Albacete
    - Germany : Solingen
    - UK : Sheffield
    - Sweden : Östnor (Mora) and Eskilstuna [EKA and Holmberg, Engström & Segerström (barrel knives)]
    - Russia : Zlatoust (A&R)
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    USMCPOP Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 6, 2016
    Benedita, perhaps? I think JERO and ICEL are made there.

    Here's a cool old pic of the knife sellers at the railroad station in Albacete, Spain:

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    USMCPOP Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 6, 2016
    Some Japanese cities/regions: Takefu , Seki, Sakai, Tosa, Sanjo City
  5. Ourorboros


    Jan 23, 2017
    The interesting thing about Tosa, Japan is they set up a communal forging center.
    Traditional blacksmithing is declining in Japan. Rather than having an apprentice learn from on master, in this center there are several master smiths. Ideas and expertise can be shared with the new generation.
    There is another prefecture in Japan copying this idea, so it must be doing well.
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  6. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    Not the communal forge you mentioned but a real nice video of Japanese master blacksmith that was in my recommended feed this morning:

  7. MarkN86


    Sep 3, 2012
    The northeast definitely has a rich cutlery tradition as was already stated above. Also, I agree the Portland area is a no brainer for that list.

    Golden may only have Spyderco, but look at the impact Spyderco has had on the whole industry. Talk about a giant.

    What about El Salvador, Colombia or Brazil for machetes? Lots of good blades from those areas.
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  8. Legendary_Jarl


    Feb 8, 2010
    Sayula, Jalisco

    Toledo(I don't think any major manufacturers are producing here anymore).

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