History

ZWILLING. A mark of quality and innovation.

A modern company with a long tradition

In 1731, Peter Henckels registered the now world famous ZWILLING as a trademark with the Cutler’s Guild of Solingen, thereby laying the foundation for an international company.

The white ZWILLING symbol on a red background is today an expression of a sophisticated lifestyle. 


Whether high-quality kitchen products, cutlery or cookware, the outstanding success of one of the oldest brands in the world is based on customer satisfaction, which crossed national borders at a very early stage. The products are innovative and, to this day, have been setting international standards, as they are always geared towards customers' wishes.


1731

Peter Henckels registers ZWILLING as a trademark on 13 June, making ZWILLING one of the world's oldest trademarks.

1818

ZWILLING opens its first sales outlet in Berlin in 1818.

1851

ZWILLING is awarded a prize at the World Fair in London.

1855

ZWILLING is presented with the highest award at the World Fair in Paris.

1883

Opening of the New York branch by Graef & Schmidt.

1893

ZWILLING wins the only medal awarded at the World Fair in Chicago.

1909

The first subsidiary is opened in the USA.

1915

ZWILLING wins four first prizes at the World Fair in San Francisco.

1927

Opening of the Paris branch.

1938

ZWILLING is granted the patent for the "Küchenhilfe" range of scissors. These extremely robust scissors are still included in the product range today, and are one of the most widely copied scissors worldwide.

1939

ZWILLING is granted the patent for the ice-hardening process. Ice-hardened blades have extremely good cutting edge retention, are flexible and ultra-corrosion-resistant.

1970

Wilh. Werhahn KG becomes the sole shareholder.

1976

Development of the ****FOUR STARS knife range - ZWILLING's best-selling chef's knife range.

1983

Development of TWIN multi-purpose scissors - ZWILLING's most popular scissors.

1989

TWINOX becomes the embodiment of quality in the beauty sector.

1995

Establishment of the joint venture in China.

1998

Share in Jaguar Stahlwarenfabrik, manufacturer of high-quality hairdressing equipment.

2004

Takeover of the US manicure producer TWEEZERMAN.

2005

Opening of the first ZWILLING concept store in Paris.

2007

Acquisition of Tondeo Werk GmbH, manufacturer of high-quality hairdressing products.


2008

Introduction of the TWIN 1731 chef's knife range. As the first of a new generation of knives, it discreetly combines the proven with progress, with a focus on form and function.

2008

Acquisition of the French cookware manufacturer Staub: its leading product ranges are cast-iron enamel cookware and ceramics.

2008

Acquisition of the Belgian cookware manufacturer Demeyere. The traditional company is particularly well known among professional chefs as a manufacturer and pioneer of high-quality cookware for energy-saving induction hobs.

2011

ZWILLING Care launched an extraordinary initiative for people with disabilities in the southern Indian town of Pondicherry. Young Indians with disabilities are helped to learn a trade and lead independent lives.

2012

Share in alessandro International, a renowned nail design brand.

2013

Acquisition of QVS GLOBAL, a manufacturer of cosmetics accessories.

2013

Opening of the first ZWILLING flagship store on Düsseldorf's premier Königsallee.