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If you've ever shopped for a quality kitchen knife you've seen some of the same cities or regions mentioned time and time again.  Why are they so great and how did they get that way?  What is Solingen steel?  

As you probably know knives were not only used as utensils in preparing and in eating foods, but also as a weapon for self-defense. Due to this, cutlery required skillful cutlers in order to produce high quality and durable tools.

Several countries have developed a reputation for the production of quality knives. Knives from various countries differed from blade materials, designs and methods of production.

In the next series of posts we will take a look at some of the most common locations.