Maniago is a small town located in Northeastern Italy in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, between the Adriatic Sea and the Dolomite mountains.
It dates back to the Roman period, and in subsequent years the territory was under the reign of the Venetian Republic and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The town of Maniago is renowned all over the world for the production of knives, an activity which started around the 15th century due to its proximity to the city of Venice. The Venetian Republic allowed the old blacksmiths of Maniago to use streams to manufacture steel at the trip hammers. During that period work began on the making of halberds for the army, while in subsequent centuries production became more varied. Over the last century the companies have specialized in the manufacturing of diverse products. Presently, within the municipality of Maniago kitchen, hunting, sports and sub knives are produced, along with industrial blades, farming and gardening scissors and corkscrews. In addition, precision products for the aeronautical and energy sectors (ex. turbine-engine blades, gears) are manufactured.