Solingen, Germany, is known for being home to Wüsthof, J. A. Henckels, Boker and numerous other manufacturers of fine swords, knives, scissors and razors. Solingen is nicknamed the "City of Blades" in reference to its booming steel industry.
Solingen, Germany, was chartered in the year 1374 and has been known for its blades since the Middle Ages. Blacksmith smelters over 2,000 years old have been found around the town, adding to the fame Solingen has earned as a North European center for blacksmithing. The quality of manufactured weaponry from Solingen was highly regarded in Northern Europe, and it was traded across the European continent. Swords originating in Solingen have turned up in places such as the British Isles. To this day, the town of Solingen remains the knife center of Germany.
In 1929, the town of Ohligs, which is located in the Prussian Rhine Province 17 miles north of the town of Cologne, became part of Solingen. Its chief products were cutlery and hardware. Flour mills and iron-foundries were also located there. Other industries included brewing, dyeing, weaving and brick making.
In addition to Solingen, Thiers, France, and Sheffield, England, are also internationally known as cutlery centers of the world.