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EKA Folders: 82 & 92

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by ArfinGreebly, Feb 14, 2008.

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  1. ArfinGreebly

    ArfinGreebly Moderator Emeritus

    Oct 10, 2006
    North Idaho
    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 [thread=328528]posted a thread[/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.
    It looks like this:

    This one is an EKA Swede 92.
    It looks like this:

    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.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2008
  2. coelacanth

    coelacanth Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    nice looking knives . . . . .

    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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