Maniago is located just over 20 km from Ronco Margherita and is known for the art of blacksmiths, thanks to which it was named the town of the knife. In fact, in the fifteenth century, the skilled blacksmiths forged knives to provide the Serenissima troops.
Its strategic position along the pedemontana of the Friuli Occidentale has always allowed the town to play an important role in the road network that led from the plain to the mountain passes through the valleys of Cellina, Colvera and Meduna. Traces of human presence related to the Neolithic period were found in the caves of Mount San Lorenzo, in particular fragments of ceramic objects and other stone finds that testify to the existence of possible prehistoric dwellings. Modest were the testimonies of the presence in the area of the Celts, who lived in Friulian land from the 3rd century BC, although some customs are still alive, such as the igniting of the epiphany bonfires, which this population can refer to. Certainly the evidence is documented on the territory by the presence of the Romans, beginning with the same voice Maniago, Latin name with Celtic suffix -aco, perhaps Manilus land and the discovery of numerous coins and tombstones with inscriptions Roman era.
In 1998, the Museum of Crafts and Cutlery was opened to the public, located in the recently refurbished building that from 1907 hosted the first large Maniago Knives Factory. Open Monday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 12.30 am and from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm, except Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, documenting the significant moments of art history that made the small town known in the world, illustrating the process of working metal in the cutlery of the area and the technological evolution of the industry over time, through finds, machinery, reconstructions of environments and historical documents.