Scandinavian fixed-blades

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Re: Scandinavian fixed-blades

Post by Froggyedge » Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:06 pm

Definitely not the original sheath for that Horsehead! It should look like the one Desktop has. My old Horsehead looks just like the one you have, but white instead of red on the handle. The sheath is exactly like Desktop’s. Not possible for me to determine from the picture, but it may very well be Norwegian. :)
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Re: Scandinavian fixed-blades

Post by Hukk » Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:23 pm

I've been wanting to make a Saamiknife from this tutorial and a Saamisheath from tutorials from the same site.
https://www.brisa.fi/portal/index.php?o ... &Itemid=20

https://www.brisa.fi/portal/index.php?o ... &Itemid=22

I've been meaning to join the Brittish Blades site for the Scandinavian Blades for about a year ::tired:: ::tired:: but I only have so much time - I'll find a way, there is about a dozen things I've been going to do. Pearl tutorial coming soon, but first I'd like to show how I make a template for shields, I have a knife picked out and I have 2 sheild templates I will make. Better to make a mistake on a steel template than on a piece of pearl. That's coming up, I've just been swamped.

I need to redo my compressed air system, they don't make the stuff I used to have (just as well - cracked polycarbonate bowl). I will set it up so I have 2 tanks in series configuration and can pull 140 psi, 90 psi and 40 psi just by chosing which connector I plug into - and a regulator if I need something diferrent. Guess what I'm doing tommorow? :roll: ::tired:: :roll:
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Re: Scandinavian fixed-blades

Post by Froggyedge » Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:44 pm

Looks like a great knife and a typical Sami knife of the smaller kind. In Norway the bigger Sami knives (in Nowegian “Samekniv”, In Finnish “Leuku” and in the Sami language “stuorra niibi”) are more recognized than the smaller kind, but for most everyday knifework (not being a reindeer herder…) the smaller kind is the more practical.

The traditional Sami knives have a long history and the designs are very old.

This is one I think sold for more than $1700 on an auction a couple of years back.
(Personally I find it hard to believe that it is really that old…)
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Re: Scandinavian fixed-blades

Post by Desktop » Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:12 pm

Wow!
That's a very nice old one Froggyedge!
:D :D

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Re: Scandinavian fixed-blades

Post by Hukk » Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:50 am

That is a beautiful knife and sheath, hard to put into words! ::drool:: ::drool:: One of these days, I will make one somewhat similar - have the stuff - my time doesn't belong to me. ::tired::
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Re: Scandinavian fixed-blades

Post by Froggyedge » Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:12 pm

Speaking of Sami knives…

Maker of the most recognized Sami knives of the big kind in Norway is the Strømeng family. They have been making these knives for six generations.
Current selection of Sami knives from Strømeng.
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These knives are almost a part of the old national costume (in Norwegian “samekofte”) of the Sami people of northern Norway.
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In this Sami Kindergarten the kids are taught about the use and handling of the big Sami knives at an early age.
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I came across an article about the Strømeng knives today.
In this picture the upper knife is a new one, the Strømeng knife below is more than a hundred years old.
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Hjalmar Strømeng is holding one of his knives and is telling about the directions he received when he took over the knife making business from his uncle Isak in 1988.
The old knifesmith allowed him to make changes in the ways of business, but never ever should he to stop using brass on the big Sami knives.
According to old Sami tradition brass is a sacred metal with magical properties.
The brass on the knife can keep evil spirits away, and the brass also has healing powers and can be used to stop bleeding, remove abscesses and take away pain.
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Re: Scandinavian fixed-blades

Post by Desktop » Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:47 pm

Nice knives and some very interesting information Froggyedge!
Thanks for posting!
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Re: Scandinavian fixed-blades

Post by Mossdancer » Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:44 am

Hi;
Just noticed this thread and thought I would post a Swedish Knife I was given a few years ago.
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Re: Scandinavian fixed-blades

Post by justold52 » Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:26 am

"Some of those Helle 3 layer knives have the center layer hardened to 63RC!" HUKK said and thanks for that info.

I think they would make a gr8 knife for Sunburst to use on his pigs when his son goes hunting. He said the hair in the pigs has a lot of dirt on them and was very had on a knife edge.

I tryed to give my son a Puukko but he did not like the sheath that did not hold the knife to his thigh. I see most of these shown also flop on the sides of the thighs. I am sure there is a good reason for it.

Any one here know why ?
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Re: Scandinavian fixed-blades

Post by Mossdancer » Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:20 pm

Legend has it that when hung over the kids bedroom door the rustle in the wind would scare away the evil spirits.
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Re: Scandinavian fixed-blades

Post by muskrat man » Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:30 am

here's my modern more "bushcrafty" interpretation.
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Re: Scandinavian fixed-blades

Post by Froggyedge » Mon May 10, 2010 1:45 pm

Sometimes a knife that you haven't seen for a long time will surface. This happened to me recently with this Finnish puukko. I must admit I had totally forgotten it... :oops:
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It's a quite small puukko with blade length 8.5 cm (3.35"). The knife is rather plain and simple, while the sheath seems to have gotten more attention from the maker. This is not unusual for Nordic knives. The hide on the sheath is reindeer hide.
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The reindeer traditionally has been very important in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland, and reindeers are often depicted on the sheaths.
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It was really nice to see the knife again after several years. I think it was purchased some 15 years ago. Not one of my users, but I brought it on a trip and had to test it a little. The edge is shaving sharp, as we expect from a new knife in the Nordic countries. ::tu:: :wink:
My companion on the trip probably felt that the puukko received a bit too much attention... :lol:
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Re: Scandinavian fixed-blades

Post by Roush428r » Mon May 10, 2010 2:54 pm

Mossdancer wrote:Hi;
Just noticed this thread and thought I would post a Swedish Knife I was given a few years ago.
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These are great knives! I've owned about six of them over the years and four were made for Ducks Unlimited. Anyone have any additional information on this time? Maker? When made?

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Re: Scandinavian fixed-blades

Post by Owd Wullie » Tue May 11, 2010 3:26 am

Here's one of my favorites.
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Re: Scandinavian fixed-blades

Post by Froggyedge » Tue May 11, 2010 9:23 pm

Owd Wullie,
Nice one! Do you use it?
From Lapua. Lahdensuo...
Any idea how old? May be from around the Fifties...
Old and traditional design. Nothing fancy, but made for all-round outdoor use, and they work!
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