Museum of Knives and Cutting Tools

Museum of Knives and Cutting Tools

Visitors at the museum get interactive: they can handle a knife, dismantle it and put it back to together.

Via Roma, 73
For centuries, knives and Scarperia have been an inseparable pair: the “Statute of Knife Makers” was established in the 15th century. Knife making has been practiced in Scarperia for centuries, and has been the town’s main economic activity, giving the population in the Mugello area renowned throughout the world for its mastery of this trade. Assembled in the Palazzo dei Vicari, the Knives and Cutting Tools Museum is a place where the ‘knife’ becomes an important material, a practical and vital object, while its aesthetic aspect plays a secondary role: visitors are guided throughout the museum, where they are given the rare opportunity to handle a knife, learn to dismantle it and put it back together.

The exhibition space is also a place where memories abound and objects testify to how rooted knives are in the history and daily life of Scarperia. Particular attention is dedicated to reconstructing scenes of the workshops and home life of yore, like an old workshop, a rural kitchen and so forth. Another section is dedicated to the unique knives and cutting tools created by the artisans in Scarperia. The “knife makers workshop”, which is located next to the museum, is where the museum ends. This is where memory becomes reality, and where it is possible to see knives being made by master artisans on-site.

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Founded at the beginning of the XIV century with the name of Castel S. Barnaba, is known as "la Scarperia"
In the following century Scarperia became the seat of the Vicar of Florence and grew economically thanks to its position: this town is in fact found on the main road that connected Florence to the trans-Apennine towns of Bologna and Imola in the Middle Ages. ...