Knife. A Search for the Artistry and Craftsmanship of the Norwegian Knife

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

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The traditional Norwegian sheath knife, the tollekniv, has always been a part of national identity and is held in high esteem by the international knife community. The sheath knife is at once the perfect tool for opening packages and for gutting a bull elk should – 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 entertainingly explain the art of knifemaking. To discover the value he sets out on a journey throughout Norway to meet with master artisans 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 piece of Norwegian culture.

Thomas Winje Øijord

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Thomas Winje Øijord is a writer and photographer. His literary debut was in 2003 with the critically acclaimed Hatten og andre forstyrrende momenter (“The Hat and Other Disruptive Elements”). In 2007 his novel Kongeriket Norge (“The Kingdom of Norway”) was published. In addition to ghost-writing Erik Jensen’s På innsiden, he has co-authored two thrillers with Jensen: Attentatet (“The Assassination”) (2016) and Skjulte Djevler (“Hidden Devils”) (2018). He has also written and illustrated several fact books for children, most recently Hva skal du bli? (“What do you want to be when you grow up?”) (2016).