The Scandinavian knives

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451 Detonics

Jan 4, 2011
These are an often overlooked category of knives that I feel deserve more attention than they get here in the U.S., they are well made, often very economical, and just plain good cutting tools.

from another thread
Arfin Greebly EKA in Sweden makes some superb stuff. The Scandinavian designs, materials, and implementations are superb, and I just haven't found many decent American ripoffs yet.

Hope you can forgive me that weakness.

Nothing to forgive, personally I love the Scandi grind knives as well as the steels used by many of the Scandinavian makers. I have several Mora's, a couple vintage EKA folders, and a Helle Fire. I have gifted away probably a dozen Moras alone.

These Frost Moras are made with a high carbon steel cost me a raging 14 bucks each and are some of the best camp/utility knives I have ever found. I even keep a couple in the kitchen as well as one in each vehicle and a couple scattered in gear bags. Their cutting power is excellent, they can handle most any camp chore, they take a razor edge and hold it well. A couple of these accompanied me on a good portion of the Appalachian Trail.


When it come to folders EKA does a great job at a great price. Sadly the Big Swede can be tough to find but the Swede-38 is easily available. These have either Sandvic stainless or carbon steel blades. They will easily take a shaving edge and are great rough and tumble knives.


One of my favorite makers is Helle from Norway. They do a more modern take on the traditional Scandi blade as well as the old standby, the pukka. These are great hunting and field knives using laminated steel blades with a modern take on the handles. It is one of my favorite higher end gift fixed blades. Currently I am down to just one, the Helle Fire. Nephews have taken their toll this past year.


Most of my Scandi knives come through Ragnar's Ragweed Forge .

Any others share the love for these traditional knives?

Ragnars!! I buy my scandi's exclusively from him as well as my Hammers.
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