Klingenmuseum Knife Award

The "MesserPreis des Deutschen Klingenmuseums" (Klingenmuseum Knife Award) is awarded annually for the best interpretation of a given topic. It has been endowed with 2,000.00 € by the foundation of the Friends of the Klingenmuseum (Stiftung der Freunde des Deutschen Klingenmuseums e. V.). The award ceremony is held at the Knife Makers' Show on Saturday, 12. MAY, at 19:30.

Knife Award 2018 – Make a Machete!

The topic for the Knife Award 2018 is:
"Make a Machete!"

Machetes from Solingen were a bestseller in the city's product line, and highly valued all over the world. A Colombian source from the 19th century tells of a disappointed customer who has to learn that the sought-after Corneta machetes from Solingen are sold out, and only grudgingly settles with another blade...

On the other hand, the machete is a truly international phenomenon: The heavy chopping knife can be found in almost all countries, in all shapes and sizes, and made from various materials. (The picture shows DKM 1941.W.128, a golok from Java)

The topic of the Knife Award 2018 thus connects both to the history of Solingen, and to the worldwide culture of blade production. Participants are encouraged to use all their imagination and to hand in their very own interpretation of the machete until 24. APR 2018. The pieces will be judged according to their functionality, the applied craftsmanship, design, and creativity. The winning machete will be exhibited after the Knife Days until the festival of St. Martin (11. NOV) at Deutsches Klingenmuseum, and then go back to the maker.

Send your machete to: Deutsches Klingenmuseum, Dr. Sixt Wetzler, Klosterhof 4, 42653 Solingen, Germany. All particpitating pieces other than the winning piece will be given/sent back right after the Knife Award.


Knife Award 2017

The winner of the Klingenmuseum KnifeAward 2017 was Reinhard Tschager from Bolzano, a member of the German Knifemakers’ Guild. His exquisite knife "Gentleman" features a beautiful damascus blade (damascus from Devin Thomas), a handle of fossilized walrus and horse tooth, and inlays of 18-carat gold. The knife’s elegant silhouette is especially impressive.

(Jury: Curt Mertens, member of the Foundation FDKM; Gerhard Wieland, prize-winning member of the German Knifemakers’ Guild; Hans Joachim Wieland, editor in chief of “Tweed” magazine and founder of “Messermagazin”; Dr. Sixt Wetzler, Deutsches Klingenmuseum)

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