Solingen, Germany

The City of Blades

solingenMessermeister Oliva, Meridian, San Moritz and Park Plaza knives are all hand crafted in Solingen, Germany.

Solingen is called the "City of Blades", since it has long been renowned for the manufacturing of fine swords, knives, scissors and razors.

Blacksmith smelters, dating back to over 2000 years, have been found around the town adding to Solingen's fame as a Northern Europe blacksmith center. Swords from Solingen have turned up in places such as the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the British Isles. Solingen today remains the knife-centre of Germany.

The Trademark for quality.

For many centuries the name Solingen was embodiment of high quality knives, cutlery and more. It is not suprising, that many companies try to make use of this name by selling their goods as "Made in Solingen", although they have not been produced in this city.

In order to fight this fraud, Solingen became the only city in the world whose name is a registered trademark. The so called "Solingenverordnung" regulates the use of the brand "Solingen" since 1938.