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The winning combination is to place the new technologies at the disposal of a Company’s know how. A know how which is the result of more than 50 years of experience and solid historical background.
The art of iron working in Maniago goes back to 1380 and is documented by a paper in which the name of the first handcraft “Nicolossio” is written. However it seems that during the Roman Empire the extraction of iron from the mountain on the banks of the “Colvera” stream was already practiced.
The official initiation of Maniago as “City of Cutlery” is based in late Medieval times when the talent of Maniago’s craftsmen won the attention of the “Venetian Republic” (an order for darts and swords was placed) and later on, the attention of the most important “Signorie” of Italy as the “Signoria De Medici” and “Estensi”. Maniago’s blades in fact were preferred rather than the blades of other Countries. So, simple elements like water, iron and wood were naturally transformed by the skill of the artisans giving birth to a tradition which has been developing and consolidating during the centuries.
Definitely, technical developments have changed the production process; but for our products the ability and skill of the craftsman is still fundamental. Mercury hopes to be worthy heirs of that “knife gene” which has always been the distinct quality of Maniago’s knives.
Planning is fundamental in obtaining a high quality and high performing product.
The use of computing has highly qualified this stage but the prototype is still fundamental when taking the final decision.
It’s at the prototype stage where the experience and skill pours out and it’s at this step when the actual production process is outlined.
All the materials used to make Mercury’s knives are first quality materials. Different kinds of stainless steel (A420, A304, A430, A431, A440c…), carbon steel, titanium grade 5 and 2, aluminium light alloys, solid brass are used. The sporting knife handles are made with various kinds of wood (rosewood, olive wood, “cocobolo” wood, palm wood, boxwood, frostwood...) or real deer horn, cow or buffalo horn, aluminium or different kinds of plastic. For the kitchen and professional cutlery the choice of the handle material is limited by sanitary measures. There is still a very small demand for the natural wooden handle, but the most frequently used materials are “Frostwood” (compressed multi-layer wood impregnated with not toxic resins), moplen, pom.
All the production process (as well as the management process) is ruled and constantly monitored by the “Quality management system control”. Because of that all the production steps are under strict control.
The main processing stages to make the sporting knives, are:
The main processing stages to make the sporting fixed blade knives, are:
The production process for the kitchen and professional knives is not very different from the sporting knife one.