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It lies along the Wupper River, east of Düsseldorf. In 1929 Solingen incorporated the equally old towns of Ohligs, Wald, Grafrath, and Hohscheid.
The craft of sword making was established there in the Middle Ages, and Solingen shares an international reputation as a cutlery centre with Thiers, France, and Sheffield, England.
It’s made from a carbon steel with a nice patina and a few corrosion spots.
It’s a style of knife that I had never encountered before, from a manufacturer I’d never heard of, and I had to discover its history.