So far FELIX in Solingen have been producing knives with traditional craftsmanship. It all begins with blade blanks of high-alloyed steel being drop-forged in one piece or stamped – depending on the design. All blade blanks are ice-hardened, some are even ice-hardened and vacuum-hardened. A knife goes through about 45 different procedures before it leaves the factory. Most of them are by hand.
The initial grindings are followed by fine-grinding - otherwise known as dry-fining. At FELIX the blades are dry-fined and mirror-polished. That is how the fine surface structure of the blade is made, whereby the slight roughness is explicitly desired so that nothing clings to the blade. Dry-fining additionally finishes and reseals the surface against corrosion.
During assembly each handle is fitted to the blade blank by hand. Subsequently the handle surfaces are polished. The grinding becomes increasingly finer … and only then is the blade sharpened on the stone, according to old tradition. A lot of experience and precision is required to keep the angle and the grinding pressure constant when sharpening. That is why polishers are also called freehand artists in Solingen.
Experienced staff carry out a final inspection of every knife under a special light. Only perfect products make it to the warehouse. However, they rarely stay there long, as traditional Solingen craftsmanship and the unique quality of FELIX-knives are becoming increasingly popular.