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 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.

Thomas Winje Øijord

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Thomas Winje Øijord is a writer and photographer and 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 a number of fact books for children, most recently Hva skal du bli? (“What do you want to be when you grow up?”) (2016).