For years, the festivity of Saint Eloy, on the first of December, is commemorated in Thiers (France), a city with a long tradition of producing knives. For this reason, for a few years, the technicians of the Albacete Municipal Museum of Knives and Cutting Tools began to gather information on the history of this saint in Spain and they found a document, dated from 1835, entitled 'Draft ordinances to govern the guild of dagger makers and knife makers of the city of Barcelona ', in which Saint Eloy is invoked as patron of the knife makers.
In view of this information, which confirms the relationship of this saint with the guild of the knife makers, the Municipal Museum of Knives organizes within its annual activities, a concert that is celebrated around December 1 on the occasion of the festivity of Saint Eloy.
Saint Eloy was born in 588 in Limoges (France) and he was the most famous goldsmith of his country in the seventh century, very intelligent and skilled in the use of his hands. He was an apprentice of silversmith in the traditional way, that is to say, like those who had to mould the metals with a hammer and an anvil, elements that sometimes appear next to his figure. Saint Eloy acquired such skill that placed him, from a very young age, in charge of carrying out the works in precious metals destined to the Court, being named Head of the Mint by King Clotario II. There are coins from that time that bear his name and which are still preserved today, so we can say that he is also the patron saint of the numismatists.