Knife. A Search for the Artistry and Craftsmanship of the Norwegian Knife
Thomas Winje Øijord
Original title: Kniv. Håndverk, tradisjon og den norske folkesjela
Publisher: Kagge , 2019
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 206 pages
The traditional Norwegian sheath knife, the tollekniv, has always been a part of Norwegian identity and the knife is held in high esteem by the international knife community. The sheath knife is not only the perfect tool for opening a package that has arrived in the mail or for gutting a bull elk should the need arise – this knife can also protect you from ghosts and subterranean creatures, heal wounds and cure illnesses.
Perhaps Øijord doesn’t explain how to sew a traditional rawhide knife sheath or laminate steel in a forge. But he does explain the value of the art of knifemaking in an entertaining manner and sets out on a journey throughout Norway to meet with master craftsmen and document the making of a utility knife of the finest order.
Knives is an illustrated literary presentation of the sheath knife’s history and areas of use – a beautiful and fascinating glimpse of an ancient and hand-crafted segment of Norway.