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The Knife Award of Deutsches Klingenmuseum is awarded annually for an outstanding, hand-made knife. It is endowed with a prize money of 2000 € by Stiftung Freunde des Deutschen Klingenmuseums. Participation is open to everyone.

Knife Award 2021: Dagger!

The motto for 2021 is: Dagger!

Since we do not want to celebrate the award behind closed doors, due to covid, the award ceremony has been postponed. The deadline for the competition has therefore been prolonged, too: Interested knifemakers are invited to hand in their entries until 30 October 2021. The dagger has to be hand-made and (at least) double-edged, the blade length must not exceed 25 cm. Entries will be judged according to their craftsmanship, design, creativity, and handling.

All entries will be exhibited at Deutsches Klingenmuseum from 02 to 13 November 2021, and afterwards sent back to the makers. The winner will be announced at Klingenmuseum on 13 November 2021. The winning dagger will be exhibited until 15 May 2022, and will be afterwards sent back to the maker.

To participate, please send your dagger to:

Deutsches Klingenmuseum Solingen
Dr Sixt Wetzler
Klosterhof 4
42653 Solingen

For further information, please contact Dr Sixt Wetzler:
+49 212 25836-12 | s.wetzler@solingen.de

We are looking forward to your participation!


Winners of the last years

2020: Dakota Slack, Wilmot (New Hampshire), USA
Motto: The Perfect Cooking Knife

Here an overview of all participating knives 2020 (at the bottom of the site)



2019: Stefan Steigerwald, Wendelstein.
Motto: "Slipjoint – always with you"

2019, Stefan Steigerwald


2018: Mathias Maresch, Staufen im Breisgau.
Motto: "Make a Machete!"

2018, Matthias Maresch



2017: Reinhard Tschager, Bozen.
Motto: "Small, fixed, exquisite"

2017, Reinhard Tschager





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