Evidence indicates that beer has been brewed in Germany since around 800 B.C. and by the second century, it was being traded commercially. In 1516, Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria enacted the Reinheitsgebot, or the “Purity Law,” which regulated the brewing of beer. The town of Solingen, known as the cutlery center of Germany, also enacted strict laws for the manufacture of knives and shears. While Boker is not quite as “aged” as the brewing industry, the same quality standards apply.