What Is Solingen Steel?
You’ll find reading my reviews and browsing through several of our products that many of our paper cutters claim to utilize a special metal called Solingen steel. They make this claim as if Solingen steel is something special, something that makes their products better than others. So what is Solingen steel? I’ll explain.
To begin with Solingen is a city in Germany. It should come as no surprise our guillotine trimmers and stack cutters that offer Solingen steel blades are German made machines. Are you seeing the larger picture yet?
Solingen steel is considered to be some of the best steel around. While it technically is “just steel,” Solingen has developed a great reputation when it comes to cutlery and sword making.
Wikipedia has this to say about Solingen:
Solingen is called the “City of Blades”, since it has long been renowned for the manufacturing of fine swords, knives, scissors and razors made by famous firms such as DOVO Solingen, Wüsthof, J. A. Henckels, Böker, Eickhorn-Solingen, and numerous other manufacturers. Wilkinson is also based here. Compare with Sheffield and Birmingham in England.
Blacksmith smelters, dating back to over 2000 years, have been found around the town adding to Solingen’s fame as a Northern Europe blacksmith center. Swords from Solingen have turned up in places such as the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the British Isles. Northern Europe prized the quality of Solingen’s manufactured weaponry, and they were traded across the European continent. Solingen today remains the knife-center of Germany.
So there you have it. Solingen steel, used in many of our cutters comes from Solingen, Germany. A paper cutter that uses Solingen steel is probably going to be a high-quality product.
Brands that I am aware of who use Solingen steel in their machines include Dahle and MBM (Kutrimmer / Triumph).
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