EKA Folders: 82 & 92


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ArfinGreebly
February 14, 2008, 04:11 AM
EKA (Eskilstuna, Sweden) makes a number of folding knives. Have for years. And years.

Their stuff is quality hardware, and I'm still kicking myself for waiting 5 years to check them out.

I recently posted a thread wherein I report having found three new-old stock Normark American Hunter folders at 14-years-ago prices.

I recently found another couple of them on eBay:

This one is an EKA Swede 82 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170188515313).
It looks like this:
http://www.ragweedforge.com/swede-82.jpg


This one is an EKA Swede 92 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170186318828).
It looks like this:
http://www.ragweedforge.com/swede-92.jpg

Because the pictures are taken at different angles, it's hard to tell that, in size, weight, and format, these knives are twins. All that's different is the handle; one has rubberized scales, the other has wood.

These are current production. I managed to get them for substantially below retail, so I'm a happy camper.

I'm completely smitten with the wood-handled #82. Looks awkward/alien/strange in pictures, but to hold it is to love it. I don't have any prior experience with Bubinga wood, but it has all the best attributes of walnut, cherry, and rosewood. Really nice stuff.

The #92 is, of course, nearly identical to the Normarks I have. Aside from the brand mark, the angular shoulder of the grind is preserved rather than polished to a rounded transition as on the Normarks. Those trivial details aside, the Swede 92 is the Normark American Hunter.

Sharp. Tight. Solid. Substantial.

A piece of art.

All business.

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coelacanth
February 17, 2008, 04:34 AM
I remember seeing them a number of years ago but didn't have enough sense to pick one up at the time. I have a couple of the fixed blade Normark pieces though that I'm inordinately fond of. The older I get the more I appreciate the Scandinavian designs - everything you need in a knife and nothing you don't.

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