Solsona » The knife-making industry
The knife-making tradition, which is still run by Ganiveteria Pallarès – a local, century-old company –, became one of the city’s most prosperous activities in the 18th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, Solsona had a dozen workshops specialising in the trade and based on the family company. In the 60s, three of these workshops still remained.
The Regional Tourist Office has displays of some of the most important pieces by the Casafont and Joan Costa knife-makers. Even today, the Solsona pocket knife is still highly regarded outside the town. Its skilled craftsmanship and cutting quality are unbeatable.
Ice production and storage also became a business venture during this time, and this activity is recreated in the Ice Well.
The folklore elements of the town festival appeared, during the Baroque period, from the Corpus Christi procession, and they were later added to the procession held in honour of the patron saint of Solsona, la Verge del Claustre.