Manufacture

Silversmithing excellence since 1874

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If my great great grandfather were to walk through the factory today, he would recognise a lot. We remain a manufacture in the truest sense of the word – just as we were in the very early years of our company history.«

Oliver Berking

Silver has been used by humans since the 5th century BC. Although less rare, silver has at times been more valuable than gold. Silver has lost none of its fascination to this day. Its white colour and radiating shine continues to enrapture people today, just as it did thousands of years ago.

Silver is one of the finest metals when it comes to its physics and chemistry: It is the most conductive of all metals in terms of heat and electricity. Freshly refined silver has the best reflection characteristics of all metals: Over 99.5 percent of visible light is reflected.

Silversmiths and goldsmiths are some of the oldest professions in the metal trades. These professions require the utmost in workmanship and artistic creativity. The finest materials and the high art of the silversmith continue to make the difference when it comes to the unrivalled quality of each and every Robbe & Berking product.
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If we reduced the craftsmanship qualities of our company to the limited possibilities of rational series production, the formal loss would be huge. Key skills are lost as quality is reduced. This is not our world.«


Robert Berking

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Relief engraving: After approx. 150 hours of pure handwork, the embossing tool receives one more finish for the precise alignment of the decorative threads.

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Relief engraving: The relief engraver uses a fine, diamond-studded file to create the decoration for the cutlery in line with the designer's sketch.

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Grinding with pumice: Grinding with pumice is the oldest and the most laborious grinding method. Pumice flour mixed with a natural oil and a rotating felt allows us to grind contours and decorations that could not be reached using a standard sanding disc.

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Flat pass engraving: Our customers can request a custom engraving on our cutlery.

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Flat pass engraving: The cutting hand engraving is prepared with a diamond drill and then touched up by hand. Each piece of cutlery thus becomes a unique piece.

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Final inspection: Before our cutlery leaves the Robbe & Berking manufacture to make its way in the world, it is subjected to a thorough final inspection, in addition to the continuous intermediate checks. Each piece of cutlery is checked slowly and individually by hand and inspected with a special light.

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Collar gringing: The flawless transition from the blade collar to the knife handle is just one of the many special features of Robbe & Berking cutlery. Three different processes are required for the grinding and polishing of the blade collar alone.

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Final polish: The high-shine polished surface of each piece of cutlery from Robbe & Berking has a really refined affect. The polishing disc, which the final polisher creates himself from three materials and a special polishing paste, creates the shine which is valued by connoisseurs.

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Silversmithing: The silversmith trade is one of the most varied professions of all the handcraft trades. Just embossing the rolled silver or raising the silver tray requires the most wide ranging types and shapes of hammer.

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Girdle maker/printer: The girdle maker/printer is a special recognised trade and a key job in our silversmiths. This exclusive schooling is the only way that we can produce hollow goods, for example jugs, out of a sheet of rolled silver without a single soldered seam.

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Diversity of the embossing tools: With a great love for detail, our in-house tool specialists create embossing tools for all of the decorations for all of our cutlery.

Well over half of the 200 largest yachts on the planet are fitted out with Robbe & Berking silver. The manufacturer's restaurant clients are distinguished by hundreds of Michelin stars. We consider those who have chosen a product from the factory to not be customers, but rather friends of Robbe & Berking. Friends who, in part, have remained true to the brand for generations, and whose expectations of the very best have been fulfilled by the products created by the Flensburg silver factory for 5 generations. And they are friends in spirit; as they all share a calmness. It is not lifestyle, transient fashions or a desire to consume that drives them forward; instead it is the demand for timeless elegance. But what use is timeless elegance if the work does not survive the times? Thus, amongst connoisseurs across the world, the name Robbe & Berking stands as a quality seal for uncompromising and unrivalled quality combined with German workmanship.