German Blade Museum

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German Blade Museum
Front view of the German Blade Museum, in front of it the scissors sculpture The Step by Amir Sharon
place Klosterhof 4, 42653 Solingen
architect Josef Paul Kleihues (conversion of the former monastery building)
opening First opening in 1954,
reopening at the current location in 1991
Number of visitors (annually) 20,113 (2013)
City of Solingen
Isabell Immel
ISIL DE-MUS-126018

The German Blade Museum in the Solingen district of Gräfrath shows cutlery, bare weapons and cutlery. There are exhibits on the subject of armed conflicts and gifts of honor, medical methods, tokens of love, barber fashions and high-flying design.

The museum has been managed by the art historian Isabell Immel since May 1, 2016, after her long-term predecessor Barbara Grotkamp-Schepers retired at that time.

History of the collection

Collecting has been going on for a century. In 1904 the Solingen technical college for metal design set up a collection of models for the students. This fund quickly grew - through systematic purchases, gifts and foundations. Focal points formed. These include, for example, blades from Solingen masters, baroque cutlery and dining utensils for travel.

In 1954 the collection moved from the industrial museum in the technical school to the former Graefrath town hall, which was restored after war damage, and has since operated under the name of the German Blade Museum .

Since 1991 the museum has been using the building of the former Gräfrath Abbey of the Augustinian women choirs, which was converted by Josef Paul Kleihues to meet the needs of the museum . The former town hall building is now used by the Solingen art museum .

By purchasing two large collections of cutlery, the museum now has the largest collection of cutlery in the world.


In the rooms of the museum there are regular exhibitions on changing topics. For example:

  • 1999: Soul of the Sword / The Aesthetics of Japanese Blades - Photos by Okisato Fujishiro
  • 2000: Knife, spoon, fork / Exhibition of the Association for Philately and Postal History Solingen 1903 eV
  • 2000: From Arkansas knife to circular saw / sample books of the Solingen steel goods manufacturers
  • 2001: Fine dining / An art collection of historical cutlery
  • 2001: Cut / Famous Knives in Film
  • 2002: Don't smack / About cat tables and children's tables through the ages
  • 2002: Peter Johnsson / A Swedish swordsmith
  • 2002: Helpers / door brake, drip catcher and other obligatory symbionts
  • 2003: Silver from Heilbronn for the world / P.BRUCKMANN & SÖHNE 1805-1973
  • 2003: Spoons - Lepels - Spoons
  • 2004: the anniversary! 100 years of Solingen technical college
  • 2005: Coffee time / porcelain, mills and machines at any time
  • 2006: The story of the Galatea and other knife fantasies by Ralf Hoffmann
  • 2006: Strong brands / cooperation with LVR-Industriemuseum Solingen (contribution to Regionale 2006 )
  • 2007: Navajas / Spanish folding knives from the Museo Municipal de la Cuchilleria in Albacete
  • 2007: Soul plasters / paper cuts from Switzerland
  • 2008: STEEL JEWELRY PRICE 2007
  • 2008: Knife favorites
  • 2009: a guest / 4000 years of hospitality
  • 2009: Jianzhi / Chinese silhouettes
  • 2010: Damascus steel / story of a legend
  • 2010: anvil cutlery
  • 2011: Letter opener / A contribution to writing culture
  • 2011: Lacquer and gold work by Master Takahashi
  • 2011: A day in Seki / Portrait of a city between traditional blacksmithing and modern life - photographs by Uli Preuss
  • 2011: Of gods and demons / Asian edged weapons
  • 2012: minor / silver utensils and jewelry
  • 2012: food design
  • 2013: Parade / blades and uniforms for the big show
  • 2013: 50 years of cutlery design in Germany 1950 to 2000
  • 2013: Small… / Children's, Toy and Miniature Cutlery - The William H. Brown Collection
  • 2014: Silver Triennial International - 17th worldwide competition
  • 2014: Up close / Treasures of the museum brought into light
  • 2015: On a knife's edge / An exhibition by Thomas Baumgärtel
  • 2015: Rusty relics / magic of decay - photographs by Detlef Bach
  • 2015: The Sword / Shape and Thought

Church treasure

Gräfrath has been a well-known place of pilgrimage since the 13th century . People made a pilgrimage in droves to the Augustinian monastery, where an icon of Mary was supposed to work miracles. Not much later, the importance of the place of pilgrimage increased through the acquisition of another relic : It was a bone splinter of Saint Catherine of Alexandria (the legend puts the acquisition of the relic in the year 1309), from which again and again (1312-1323) miracles Oil flowed. The glass bottle with the precious essence can still be admired today.

The two relics belong to a large church treasure - one of the most important in the Archdiocese of Cologne . This can also be viewed with all its precious objects in the blade museum. The inventory includes u. a. two reliquary tablets from around 1300, a somewhat more recent tower reliquary with translucent enamel and a reliquary cross from 1400.

Graefrath Museum

The Gräfrath Museum is located in a part of the building of the former monastery. The Heimatverein and other clubs from Gräfrath show unique pieces from the long history of the district. Every 1st Sunday of the month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. there is free access via the cellar entrance of the cloister courtyard.


  • Leonie Becks, Barbara Grotkamp-Schepers, Hans Knopper: Panel decoration and blade art. Inventory catalog - graphics. German Blade Museum, Solingen 1994, ISBN 3-930315-03-3 .
  • Martin Seidler: The Gräfrath church treasure. Heals from seven centuries (= writings from the German Blade Museum in Solingen, No. 12). German Blade Museum, Solingen 1994, ISBN 3-930315-04-1 .
  • Martina Junghans: A reliquary triptych in the Gräfrath church treasure and the reliquaries of the 13th and 14th centuries. In: Journal of the Bergisches Geschichtsverein . Vol. 96, 1993/1994, pp. 1-38.
  • Barbara Grotkamp-Schepers, Peter Joerissen: German Blade Museum Solingen. Guide through the collections (= series of publications by the Rheinisches Museumamt. 49). 2nd, improved edition. Rheinland-Verlag, Cologne (i.e. Pulheim) 1997, ISBN 3-7927-1689-5 .
  • Barbara Grotkamp-Schepers, Frauke von der Haar : From Arkansas Knife to Circular Saw. Solingen sample books. German Blade Museum, Solingen 2000, ISBN 3-930315-19-X .
  • Barbara Grotkamp-Schepers, Reinhard Sänger: Art Nouveau cutlery. Inventory catalog of the German Blade Museum. = Art nouveau knives, forks and spoons. Arnold, Stuttgart 2000, ISBN 3-925369-95-3 .

Web links

Commons : Deutsches Klingenmuseum  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Sharon & r4 = r5 = & Amir Sharon 31D13BE0787737A2C1257A73005B821D (link not available)
  2. Kulturbericht der Stadt Solingen 2013, p. 9 ( Memento from June 26, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 4.4 MB) at , accessed on October 2, 2015
  3. New director for the blade museum. (No longer available online.) In: Westdeutscher Rundfunk. April 27, 2016, archived from the original on June 4, 2016 ; accessed on June 4, 2016 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

Coordinates: 51 ° 12 ′ 35 ″  N , 7 ° 4 ′ 21 ″  E