The knife industry is a tradition in Solsona that dates back to the sixteenth century. The company Pallarès, founded in 1917, is today the only testimony to Solsona’s renowned knife-making industry. The industry experienced its heyday during the eighteenth century when the town of Solsona had 24 knife-making workshops combined into the Guild of Saint Eligius, patron saint of knife makers. In the nineteenth century, there were eight knife-making workshops in the town and at the beginning of the twentieth century there were 12, although they were based on hand-craftsmanship and most of them missed the opportunity to modernize.
Like our favorite little kitchen knives, they're handmade by a third-generation knife company in the small town of Solsona, Spain, not far from Barcelona, and we expect them to be part of our kitchen decades from now. We use them every day for a range of tasks:
shredding herbs without crushing them
snipping sun-dried tomatoes or pitted dates
used directly in cans of whole tomatoes
For use with poultry
cutting flowers, kitchen herbs, and spices
for cutting twine or cheese cloth for bouquet garni
Care: Produced with durable stainless steel, these shears can be put through the dishwasher (top-rack) without ill affect. To preserve their longevity, put a couple of drops of mineral oil on the screw each month. The scissors can be sharpened once every 3-5 years.
Sizing:8-inch: shears: The 8-inch shears available on this page are great for average hands. These will be the correct size for most women, or men who have hands that run medium-small.