Title: Cutlery from Taramundi
Category: Metal and ironwork
Country: Asturias, Spain
Period: XX Century
Provided by: UMA
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Cutlery is one of the most important artisan activities in Taramundi since the 18th Century. The knives have three fundamental parts, namely the blade, the handle and the ring. The main material used to make the blades is stainless steel, resistant to oxidation and wear, but more difficult to mould than carbon steel, the traditionally used material.
The artisan works the taming of the metal and carves the wood to make the handle, decorated in coloured geometrics.
The blade is made from sweet iron, brass, stainless steel and alpaca, and even silver. The handle is made with wood from the area -box and heather, as well as oak, olive, ebony, etc., or no-wooden materials such as silver, antlers of deer or cow.
The production of knives and pocket knives in Taramundi was originated as a result of the territory's own geophysical conditions, with iron deposits, abundance of water and forest wealth, which led to the installation of mallets and forges and the development of iron crafts.
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