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When the blacksmith’s craft becomes art

The muffled sound of a blacksmith’s poker, the pungent smell of iron, the heat of the fire… all suggesting one of the most primitive crafts, the art of forging metals, that still lives on in workshops throughout our traditional country.

Iron, copper, brass, steel, used to make furnishings, sculptures, furniture, knives, are often perceived as cold and heavy materials, but for these artists-artisans, if necessary, they can show their vital and sinuous sides.

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Well-known and internationally acclaimed, working for generations in Milan, are workshops that have now become historical. In Bologna too, there are workshops with the charm of yesteryear where precious furnishings, classic and modern, in the most varied shapes, are brought to life.

 

In Fermo, in the Marche region, since the Middle Ages, alongside wrought iron, copper has been worked into the so-called calderai or large pots and pans.

 

In the very quaint Medieval Village in the Parco del Valentino in Turin, there is the wrought-iron workshop where many great and skilled craftsmen create timeless objects.

In Tuscany, in the town of Stia, in the province of Arezzo, the European Biennial of the Blacksmith’s Art is held, with the World Championship in forging wrought iron takes place, not to be missed for fans of the sector.

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An area in which Italy has world supremacy is undoubtedly cutlery. An example is Scarperia, in the Mugello in Tuscany, where in the 16th century, its products reached the most important Italian and European markets, and in 1930 there were about 120 knife shops. Today in the area there are some valuable cutting tool manufacturers. Or in Frosolone, the city with steel roots, knife making has ancient origins, as it also does in the Maniaghese area and Sardinia. This wealth of knowledge is still reflected in the highest quality knives, crafted with the greatest attention to detail.

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Simoncini Studio
Via Ricciarelli, 39, Volterra, PI, Italia

Zanetto Argenti
Vicolo Ciro Menotti, 9, Albignasego, PD, Italia

Il Bronzetto
Via Senese, 50, Firenze, FI, Italia

Fonderia Artistica Battaglia
Via Stilicone, 10, Milano, MI, Italia

Fabbro Ferraio di Filippo Quochi
Piazzale XI Maggio, 24, Livorno

Virgadamo Mario
Piazza Roma, 8, Burgio, AG, Italia

Fogarizzu
Via Belvedere, 5, Pattada, SS, Italia

Coltellerie Paolucci
Via Teste, 3, Frosolone, IS, Italia

Picchiani e Barlacchi
Viale Francesco Petrarca, 118, Firenze, FI, Italia

Roberto Ziranu Rilessi di ferro
Via Limbara, 16, Nuoro, NU, Italia

Bottega del ferro battuto
Parco del Valentino, Viale Virgilio, 107, Torino, TO, Italia

Artigianato Artistico Cav. D’Aloise
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 174/175, Agnone, IS, Italia

Giacomo Filippini
Via Quinzano, 34, Zerbino, Flero, BS, Italia

Rinomata Rameria Mazzetti
Via dell'Opio nel Corso, 64, Montepulciano, SI, Italia

Bottega Prata
Via Caldarese, 1/D, Bologna, BO, Italia

Lispi&Co.
Via della Fornace, Città della Pieve, PG, Italia

Navarini Rame
Via Val Gola, 22, Ravina di Trento, TN, Italia

Biagiotti Mario e Figli
Via I Maggio, 1, Zona Pip-località Trieste, Pienza, SI, Italia

Rocco Petrunti
Via G. A. Colozza, 13, Frosolone, IS, Italia

Marinelli Pontificia Fonderia di Campane
Via Felice D'Onofrio, 14, Agnone, IS, Italia

Fratelli Antonini fu Giulio di Pietro Antonini & C.

Via Francesco Petrarca, 1/A, Maniago, PN, Italia

Silver Tre
Via Novi, 5/7, Milano, MI, Italia

Coltellerie Berti
Via della Resistenza, 12, Scarperia, FI, Italia

Ambrogio Carati
Via Cesare da Sesto, 1, Milano, MI, Italia