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.
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
GERMANY – Solingen
GREAT BRITAIN – Sheffield
AUSTRIA – Ybbsitz
BELGIUM – Gembloux
BULGARIA – Gabrovo
DENMARK – Copenhague
SPAIN – Albacete, Taramundi, Santa Cruz de Mudela, Santa María de Guía
FINLAND – Uusikaupunki
FRANCE – Thiers, Laguiole, Nogent, Córcega
ITALY – Maniago, Scarperia e San Piero, Pattada, Premana, Arbus, Cerdeña
NORWAY – Elverum
NETHERLANDS – Aalst (Waalre)
PORTUGAL – Guimaraes, Caldas da Rainha, Benedita, Alcobaça, Caldas das Taipas
SWEDEN – Eskilstuna
SWITZERLAND – Ibach
CZECH REPUBLIC – Mikulasovice
RUSSIA – Zlatoust
TURKEY – Yatagan, Osmangazi Bursa, Denizli
ARGENTINA – Tandil
BRASIL – Sociedade Brasileira de Cuteleiros
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – American Bladesmith Society
QUEBEC – Montreal
CHINA – Yangjang
JAPAN – Seki
PAKISTAN – Wazirabad
PHILIPPINES – Batangas
SOUTH AFRICA – Gremio de cuchilleros
AUSTRALIA – Onkaparinga