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Great question, John. We identify every knife with a model number and the respective size and of course our company logo. We also proudly etch on our steel formula (which will be taken off next year to make room for our new 200th anniversary logo). But, the Solingen part is, for certain, the most important because it takes us to our roots.
Solingen is a town situated between Cologne and Dusseldorf known for its rich history of metal workmanship. Historically, the ground here was rich in the natural resources used to create steel tools. Abundant raw materials and natural power sources, like rivers, drew metal workers to the area. As a result, some of the finer blades found in royal courts throughout Europe were crafted here.
The town of Solingen today protects that heritage with their “made in” law. The law states that every tool bearing the Solingen name must not only meet a minimum standard of materials, performance and service, but 95% of total production must occur in the town itself. It is comparable to Champagne in that it can only be called so if it comes from the region of Champagne and it adheres to the methode de champenoise.
WÜSTHOF was founded in 1814 by Eduard Wüsthof in Solingen, Germany. Today, under the direct management of the 7th generation of family ownership, Harald Wüsthof, we still manufacture all 9 knife lines there and proudly display that fact on these tools.
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