WÜSTHOF is one of the few brands permitted to use the label “Made in Solingen” on its knives rather than the less restricted “Made in Germany.” Solingen, Germany is the steel manufacturing capital of the world and, as such, needed to take precautionary measures against fraudulent products bearing the prestigious name, “Solingen.” In 1938, Solingen became the only city in the world whose name is a registered trademark. To bear the name Solingen, all key manufacturing stages must have been processed and finished within Solingen, and the product must meet strict quality standards. This means that even cutlery manufactured entirely within Solingen’s town boundary may not be entitled to bear the name Solingen if it does not meet these required quality standards. Some of Wusthof's competitors use the label “Made in Germany,” which does not carry the same significance. Wusthof has the honor of labeling its products “Made in Solingen.”