Presentation

Albacete, a Spanish city linked with the craft and industry of cutlery for six centuries, will be in charge of organising the 3rd World Capitals of Cutlery Meeting, which will take place from the 11th to the 13th of June 2020.

The Knife making industry and its related businesses is one of the economic and industrial pillar of our province. It produces 90% of the Spanish Cutlery and it export 30 million euros annually

Formed fundamentally by small and medium businesses, there are 100 entrerprises, including artisans, manufacturers, industries shops, and auxiliary business.

The Knife making industry is divided in three important parts: domestic, professional and sporting, which have evolved in the distinct forms, in the function of market demands and the significant competition that has arisen in recent years.

Objectives

The purpose of the biannual World Capitals of Cutlery Meeting is to gather cities which have been historically linked to cutlery-making activity.

Meetings, conferences, debates, exhibition, interviews, tourist visits and different cultural activities are organised around this international event, with the goal of creating closer links between cities whose tradition, history and industry have been linked to the industrial or artisanal forging, sharpening and production of cutlery.

Cutlery areas of the world

Europe

GERMANY – Solingen

GREAT BRITAIN – Sheffield

AUSTRIA – Ybbsitz

BELGIUM – Gembloux

BULGARIA – Gabrovo

DENMARK – Copenhague

SPAIN – Albacete

FINLAND – Uusikaupunki

FRANCE – Thiers

ITALY – Maniago

NORWAY – Elverum

NETHERLANDS – Aalst (Waalre)

PORTUGAL – Guimaraes

SWEDEN – Eskilstuna

SWITZERLAND – Ibach

CZECH REPUBLIC – Mikulasovice

RUSSIA – Zlatoust

TURKEY – Yatagan

America

ARGENTINA – Tandil

BRASIL – Sociedade Brasileira de Cuteleiros

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – American Bladesmith Society

QUEBEC – Montreal

Asia

CHINA – Yangjang

JAPAN – Seki

PAKISTAN – Wazirabad

PHILIPPINES – Batangas

Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Gremio de cuchilleros

Pacific

AUSTRALIA – Onkaparinga