Monopol made high quality steel products since its establishment in 1879. Originally based in East Germany, the company relocated to Marburg in West Germany after WWII. The company is renowned for its for its stainless steel corkscrews and kitchen utensils. Monopol can openers are heavy, tactile, beautifully crafted. In 2005, the brand was acquired by Westmark, which continues to manufacture products in the Monopol line.