Scarperia’s Ancient Knife-Making Tradition

Scarperia’s Ancient Knife-Making Tradition

For almost five centuries the ancient cutler tradition dedicated to the production of cutting tools and cutlery both for war purposes (daggers, spears, and swords) as well as for domestic and labor purposes (forks, awls, pruning knives, shears, and sharpeners) has been handed down across generations.

Today in Scarperia there are only four active cutler organizations that continue to put out a rich production of knives of all types: from knives used in hunting to butcher’s knives, from a complete collection of kitchen cutlery to sets made with horn handles.

This time-honored tradition is documented in the Museo dei ferri Taglienti di Scarperia where the charming display divided into five thematic sections carries us along a fascinating journey into Scarperia’s cutlery history. The museum guides the viewer through video, educative panels and displays, and a workbench where the visitor can test out their own knife-making skills. In an antique shop not far from the museum a reproduction of the work environment in which these cutlers used to toil has been reproduced complete with the traditionally typical tools and instruments.

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