Museum of Knives and Cutting Tools

Discover the amazing crafts in Mugello

Via Roma, 73
For centuries, knives and Scarperia have been an inseparable pair. As a matter of fact, the “Statute of knife makers” was established in the 15th century, making up a new recognized profession. Knife making has been practiced in Scarperia for long and, most of all, it has been the town’s main economic activity, making the Mugello area population renowned all around the world.
Assembled in the Palazzo dei Vicari, the Knives and Cutting Tools Museum is a place where the ‘knife’ becomes 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.
Museum of knives - Credit: Maurizio Fiorenzani
The exhibition space is also a place where memories abound and objects testify to how crucial knives are in the history and daily life of Scarperia. Particular attention is payed to the typical local production as well as the reconstructed spaces of workshop activities and everyday life routine.
Museum of knives and cutting tools - Credit: Maurizio Fiorenzani
The “knife makers workshop”, located next to the museum, is where memory becomes reality and where it is possible to see knives being made by master artisans on-site.
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. ...