Knife Museums around the world


National Knife Museum - USA
Open to the public seven days a week with no admission charge. The principal exhibit, “The Cutlery Time-Line,” provides the visitor a million-year walk with the “knife” revealing its importance as the most important human made tool, highlighting some major cutlery developments and events along the way. Historical documents, photographs, advertising materials, and other cutlery memorabilia are featured in many special exhibits
At Smoky Mountain Knife Works. 2320 Winfield Dunn Parkway. Sevierville, TN.

Solingen Germany Knife Museum
Klosterhof 4, 42653 Solingen, Germany. Telefon: +49(0)212-25836-0 Fax: +49(0)212-25836-30

Seki City Knife Museum - Japan
More than 1,500 rare knives of cultural interest from worldwide-America, Europe, Southeastern Asia and Japan-are exhibited. The world's largest and the world's smallest lock knife. Seki city has several other museums and archives on cutlery. The museum is constructed in the style of a log home (right).
Seki City, Japan.

National Maritime Museum - UK
The Museum has in its collection over 600 swords dating mostly from the 18th to the 20th century.
Greenwich, LONDON SE10 9NF. Tel: +44 (0)20 8858 4422, Recorded Information Line +44 (0)20 8312 6565

Historic Arkansas Museum - USA
The exhibit includes more than 100 historical and modern knives and is the official exhibit for the American Bladesmith Society. The Museum also has Bowie No.1, a knife well known in collecting circles as an important early bowie knife.
200 E. Third Street. Little Rock, AR 72201. Ph: 501-324-9351 - Fax: 501-324-9345

Sardinian Knife Museum - Italy
"Coltelleria Arburesa" Cutlery Works & Museum includes many ancient knives including a few from the XVI century, the second section has knives from contemporary Knife Makers. The third hall presents the best products of the house, while the last room is a reconstruction of an ancient "de su ferreri" (the blacksmith). Has the largest pocket knife in the world - weighing 176 lbs and 11 feet long.
Via Roma, 15. 09031 Arbus. Ph. +39 070 9759220 Also check out this article Sardinian knife Museum

Seoul Korea Knife Museum
A newly-opened showroom and store in Insa-dong, downtown Seoul sheds light on a wide variety of antique and reproduction knives from Korea and other countries. The Knife Gallery presents some 1,000 knives on the wall and in the showcases. They are swords, rapiers and scimitars, bayonets, swords for martial arts from Korea and Japan, traditional ornamental knives that used to be carried by Korean women, outdoor knives, sculpting knives, Swiss Army and other pocket knives and kitchen knives. www.knifegallery.co.kr
The gallery is located a few steps from street lamp No. 42 in the middle area of Insa-dong. Phone (02) 735-4431/2

Kauhava Knife and Textile Museum - Finland
The Knife and Textile Museum is located in the Eastern wing of Kauhava city library. The knife department exhibition portrays the birth, history and most famous names of the Kauhava knife industry as well as the different stages and machinery of knife production. The museum possesses knife collections of different manufacturers and even has some rather old rarities.
Kauppatie 88, 62200 Kauhava, Finland. Tel. +358 6 431 4454 or +458 6 435 2067.

Opinel Knife Museum - France
The OPINEL Museum", housed in the former cutlery works of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. The forge, which has kept its stamps and hammer, houses an exhibition tracing the history of the Savoyard knife of the OPINEL family.
25, rue Jean Jaurès - 73300 St-Jean-de-Maurienne - FRANCE Tel. + 33(0)4.79.64.04.78 - Fax: + 33(0)4.79.83.23.46

Il museo dei ferri taglienti - The Museum of cutting knives. Scarperia - Mugello, Italy.
The Museum of "Cutting Irons" is hosted inside the Vicars’ Palace, a XIVth century building which was the residence of the Vicars who ruled the city. The Museum records the history and the evolution of the Knives’ production that turned Scarperia into an international production center at the beginning of the 15th century. The collection displays a vast assortment of knives in every form and material: from hunting knives to domestic knives. The knife shop in via Solferino is a part of the museum, here it is possible to follow the stages of knife production.
Mugello, Italy. Phone 055/8468165 or 055/8430671, or 055/8468027 (Scarperia library)

Musée du Couteau de Laguiole - The Laguiole knife museum - France
In the Museum you will find a panoramic wall composed of didactic boards exposing the origin and evolution of the Laguiole knife. You will also see a period workshop replica, and a presentation of an important private collection of ancient Laguiole knives, many of which are exceptional pieces. Every weekday, Yves Conquet (laureate of the prix Artisans et Métiers d'Art de l'An 2000) works in front of the visitors and creates the only Damascus blade knives made in Laguiole village as well as art and collection knives.
Route d’Aubrac – ZA La Poujade - 12210 Laguiole, France - Tél. : +33(0)5.65.51.23.47. Fax. : +33(0)5.65.51.51.38

The Randall Knife Museum & Shop - USA
General William Westmoreland wore his Randall in Vietnam and there is a Randall Made Knife in the Museum of Modern Art and in the Smithsonian Institution.
4857 South Orange Blossom Trail. Orlando, Florida 32839. Phone: 407-855-8075. Fax: 407-855-9054

Some other Knife/Sword exhibits of note:

The Frazier International History & Antique Arms Museum.
The largest collection of Lloyd Hale Handmade Knives anywhere. Lloyd dedicated 23 years to making knives exclusively for Owsley Brown Frazier.
829 West Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky. (502) 753-5663

Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.
The Japanese Arms and Armor Gallery has arms and armor from throughout the world (India, Persia, Europe, the South Pacific), and includes a collection of nearly 500 examples of Japanese arms and armor.
21 Edwards Street. Springfield, Mass. (413) 263-6800

Higgins Armory Museum.
The permanent collection contains more than 4,600 pieces, mostly dating to the 16th and 17th centuries.
100 Barber Avenue, Worcester, MA. (508) 853-6015

Japan Sword Museum.
Collection of swords parts representative of the feudal era. Some have been designated national treasures.
4-25-10 Yoyogi Shibuya-ku. Tokyo, Japan. +81 (0)3 3379 1386

Klingenmuseum (German Sword Museum).
Exhibits illustrating the development of cutting weapons from the Stone Age to the present day
Klosterhof 4. D-42653 Solingen, Germany. +49(0)212-25836-0

Kuo Chang-hsi Knife & Sword Museum.
No. 226, Minsheng Rd., Jiading Township, Kaohsiung County 852, Taiwan (R.O.C.). 886-7-698-9090





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