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The Deutsches Klingenmuseum is a museum deeply rooted in local history but at the same time it presents a collection of international importance. This fact as well as its highly specialised character make it well worth a visit.

Solingen has been famous as the town of blades for hundreds of years. Highly skilled craftsmen handed on their expertise from generation to generation. They produced blades for swords and rapiers, but also small knives for daily use and cutlery of outstanding quality. Their good reputation effected much export in almost all regions of the world.

Today Solingen still enjoys its good name, even though the importance of the blade industry has been declining continually throughout the last decades. But as examples for the historic development, the products of Solingen’s blade smiths, knife makers and cutlery manufacturers have remained. The collection of the Deutsches Klingenmuseum was founded almost a hundred years ago, the museum itself is almost seventy-five years old and it presents far more than some regional masterpieces from olden times.

The museum presents the history of blades, of cutting in general and of gastronomic culture from its bronze age beginnings up to the modern cutlery of present days. Thanks to generous private and governmental support, the museum’s collection of cutlery has been very much enlarged during the last years and is now the biggest of its kind world wide.

Like all specialised museums the Deutsches Klingenmuseum presents a great variety of quite similar objects. To make the collection easier accessible for the visitor, there are focuses on certain subjects within the chronological order. Thus the different ways of using edged weapons, knives and cutlery are explained.

Besides all sorts of blades, paintings and accessories are of great importance, too. In some places, decorated scenes put focus on certain parts of the collection. There is for example a small, rough table with a farmer’s simple eating utensils. This hints at the fact that those simple objects were just used and then thrown away and therefore only very few have survived to our days. Thus, the elaborately decorated pieces of cutlery, for example from the time of about 1500, are by no means representing the ordinary, everyday cutlery of their time, but were something very precious and special and therefore thought well worth to be preserved.

A quite similar situation can be observed with edged weapons: the museum presents a large number of skillfully crafted unique pieces, which were mostly used for representation. But there are only very few of the rare weapons which were really used in battle. The weapons from the thirty-years-war are presented not within a glass case to visually stress their difference to the merely representative weapons.

Throughout the collection the visitor experiences a modern and lively museum with a service oriented and informative concept. He gets to know the cultural history of eating, from the simplest knife to modern designer cutlery of the 20th century. On the other hand he finds out about the history of edged weapons from all around the world – be it the Iranian bronze sword or a showpiece rapier from modern times.




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