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Username Post: Question- 1 Traditional Knife        (Topic#940971)
steff
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10-15-14 22:32.39 - Post#2616430    



Hello guys,
I've just signed up.

I'd like to ask you a question. I'm looking for 1 traditional, iconic, characteristic knife from every Scandinavian country for a research I'm doing.

If you had to choose one important classic knife from the following countries, what would that be?
If there's more than one, would you consider specifying which one do you think it's the most representative of the country?

Finland:
Sweden:
Denmark:
Norway:

Thanks guys, I'd appreciate your help so much!
Stef
 


Rich S
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10-15-14 23:28.55 - Post#2616434    


    In response to steff

I've been collecting Scandinavian knives for years. I'd suggest the following:

Finland: a Woodsknife, Wood Jewel or Lapin puukko (all of these are puukko).
Sweden: an older Carl Anderson or Broderna Jonsson. (I don't care for the modern Mora).
Denmark: an older Erling Vangedal or Hans Anderson scout or mariner's knife.
Norway: an older Brusletto or Helle (the newer ones are ok, but tend to have a modern styling that I think isn't what you're trying to do). Also a nice Toten or Staskniv would be good.

I found all the above on ebay at one time or the other. New ones, mainly Finland and Norway can be found a several dealer sites, I like Ragweed Forge (http://www.ragweedforge.com).

Hope this helps.
Rich
 
Rich S
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10-15-14 23:53.26 - Post#2616435    


    In response to Rich S

I forgot to mention for Finland an Iisakki Jarvenpaa horsehead puukko is a must. Most any of the older Jarvenpaa puukko should be a definite inclusion in your collection. Jarvenpaa is one of the oldest Finnish makers.

BTW: welcome to the forum. Scandi knives are a great area of collecting. Here's a couple of links that will help out:

http://www.cultur.nu/knivar/index.s...

http://translate.google.com/transla...

http://translate.googleusercontent....

A couple of these are in Swedish or Norwegian. I've linked to the Google translations of them.
Rich S


Edited by Rich S on 10-15-14 23:57.16. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
steff
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10-16-14 00:23.57 - Post#2616437    


    In response to Rich S

Hello Rich,
Thanks so much for your detailed reply! I appreciate it.
I'll do more research based on the info and links you gave me.

If you have time, I was wondering if you could help me on the following countries as well.

Estonia:
Latvia:
Lithuania:
Iceland:

I was only able to find things about an "estonian puss/nuga", which should be something similar to finnish puukkos. But nothing else.

Just like for the first question, I'm looking for traditional, classic, iconic knives from these countries.

Thanks again.
 
Rich S
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10-16-14 00:30.16 - Post#2616438    


    In response to steff

Steff -

Sorry, can't help you with the later mentioned countries :-(
Maybe try the Ethnographic Weapons forum at:

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/forum...

They tend to go more for "weapon" type things, but are
quite academic and knowledgeable.

Rich S
 
bandog10
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10-16-14 09:51.11 - Post#2616478    


    In response to Rich S

Hi all,

The "Barrel Knife" is a very traditional Swedish Knife. I don't believe they were ever commercially produced in any other country.

Would certainly look good along with the fixed blades that you mentioned, Rich.

Wendell
 
Rich S
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10-16-14 22:55.38 - Post#2616506    


    In response to bandog10

Wendall & Steff -

Actually "barrel knives" were also made in Norway, Sweden (Mora) and copies
of the Swedish ones made in India. I have examples of all three as well as
the traditional Swedish barrel knives. Still, I would agree that an authentic
Swedish barrel knife would be a great addition to a collection.

Rich S
 
bandog10
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10-17-14 08:43.45 - Post#2616548    


    In response to Rich S

Hi Rich,

I never knew that they were made in Norway. As far as being copied in India, I never knew that either, but it sure doesn't surprise me...

Anyway, thanks for the info! Good stuff to know!!!

Wendell
 
bandog10
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10-17-14 09:28.33 - Post#2616555    


    In response to Rich S

Hi again...

So, while we are on the subject of Sweden, this country seems to have two very distinct regions as far as cutlers is concerned. The Mora Region, that you've mentioned, but also Eskilstuna.

EKA is still based there.

EKA website

There seem to be several different patterns that could all be considered "Traditional Swedish" knives. Sweden seems a bit unique, in this aspect.

Best...
 
Frederick89
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10-19-14 03:01.42 - Post#2616661    


    In response to steff

I'd say much depends on what you plan to do, just collecting or using as well. The idea of "most representative" is also quite personal.

For example, in Sweden there are a couple of family businesss (S.Djärv and H. Karlsson) specialized in handforged woodcarving tools and one especially (Karlsson) developped some of the production together with master carver Wille Sundqvist, which has the merit to have worked hard all his life to avoid the loss of nordic traditional carving tecniques and patrimony.
The knives produced by these smiths are basically slöjdkniv, the very base for all the other swedish knives.

The finnish maasepän puukko has a really similar use and is the father of all the puukkos styles that developped regiovally. It has even its own tradition with various type of sheaths, just saying.

Lappland has its own complex knife tradition with its own masters, many passed away actually. I'd say Petteri Laiti is one of the very few old smiths still in activity.
 


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