Germany in the year 1923. The population has been suffering under a massive inflation for eight years. Whoever starts a business in these difficult times needs loads of courage. Brothers Ernst and Friedrich Nippes had this kind of courage when starting their steel goods production in the city of Solingen. The brothers started their business in an old cottage in Widdert, the traditional grinder’s workshops of the “Bergische Land” and emphasised “Solingen quality” from day one – the traditional handcraft that to this day is the famous trademark for steel goods from Solingen.