What Is Solingen Steel?

Paper Cutters With Solingen SteelYou’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.

Solingen, GermanyWikipedia 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).

You can find our entire selection of paper cutters here.

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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2 Responses to “What Is Solingen Steel?”

  1. Charles Says:

    Emeril now sells a very inexpensive kitchen knife set on TV that is marked “Emeril Solingen Germany” on one side and “CHINA” on the other side. Care to guess where this knife is made or where the steel comes from?

  2. Dave Says:

    I’m going to have to guess China on that one. With the prestige of Solingen Steel, there are probably a lot of Solingen knockoffs floating around out there. :-) Too bad.

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