tradition and culture from the arctic taiga.
These knives are produced in Karesuando, Sweden, located far north of the Arctic
Circle. They have their origins in the hostile Arctic climate. The raw
materials are taken from the surrounding country. Leather, horn and bone
from the reindeer, and curly-grained birch, are the main components.
I'm really impressed with these knives. They have a wonderful feel in the
hand. The wood is finished to a satiny smoothness I usually associate with
careful hand sanding. The finish gives a better grip than a shiny surface,
but doesn't raise blisters when working hard. The blades are well ground and
sharpened. The shapes and sizes are ideal for all-around utility use. You can
tell that these are knives made by folks who use knives. I'm very glad that
I'm selling these, because if I saw them for sale by someone else, I'd have
to buy some. I found myself looking for excuses to handle the knives while
working up the catalog. Each comes with a stout sheath of the deep pouch
style. There are no straps or snaps to fumble with when removing or
replacing the knife. Where indicated, there is a plastic insert to protect
the sheath and the user.
For the technically minded, the stainless blades are 12C27, and the carbon blades are Uddeholm steel #1770 (0.7% C, 0.3% Si, 0.5% Mn). Both are
hardened to 57 on the Rockwell C scale. This gives an excellent balance
of edge-holding and ease of sharpening.
Click on the image for an enlarged view of the knife and its
#3517, The Öringen (Trout Knife) has a small blade and a full sized handle. This makes a nice working or
whittling knife for those (like myself) who like shorter blades. The handle is sized for average hands,
and the Sandvik stainless blade is 3 1/2" long, a bit over 5/8" wide, and .094" thick. The knife and sheath weigh
about 4 1/4 ounces, so it would be well suited for hikers. The handle is about 4 !/4" long, and sized for average
or smaller hands. The tradtional sheath hangs from a thong and has a plastic insert.
This one feels quite nice to me. It's just large enough for all around use, and small enough for basic whittling.
$66 Out of Stock
#3510, The Haren (Hare) is smaller in the blade, but has a full-sized
handle. This would make a nice working knife for those (like myself)
who like shorter blades. The Sandvik stainless blade is 3" long, 11/16" wide,
and .097" thick. The knife is about 7 1/4" overall, and comes with a light color handle,
and dark brown traditional sheath for
$55. Out of Stock
Note, the picture shows a natural color sheath, but current stock comes with a dark colored
#3515, The "Rävan Special" (Fox) is one of the ones that feels so good to me.
The handle has just enough shape to give control without restricting you to
one grip. The curly birch handle is a bit over 4". There is just the
suggestion of a finger guard.
The 12C27 stainless Sandvik blade is 3 15/16" long
(10 cm.), 13/16" wide and .100" thick. It comes with a dark brown sheath
with a belt strap rather than a thong. The sheath accepts belts up to about
1 1/2", and has a plastic liner.
$79 Out of Stock
#3520, The Örnen (Eagle) is a more traditional version. The handle is shaped more in the
Saami tradition. The carbon steel blade is just under 4" and about .1" thick. The
sheath swings from a thong in the fashion of the far North. The handle
gives excellent control for the draw cuts favored when the hands are gloved
or numbed with cold. It's about 4 1/4" long, and the knife is about 8 1/4" overall.
$79 Out of Stock
#3518, The Vargen (Wolf) has a larger 4 1/2" handle in a light finish.
It has a single antler spacer just behind the guard.
This one should suit those with slightly larger hands. The Sandvik
stainless blade is 3 7/8" long (10 cm.) 13/16" wide, and .126" thick.
Current stock comes with a dark brown sheath, nicely stamped
with the image of a wolf head.
$89 Out of Stock
#3521, The Moose is an everyday knife in the Saami style. the stainless blade is just under 4" long, 7/16" wide
and .127" thick. The handle has the typical flared pommel favored in far North. It's a bit over four inches long,
with a diameter suitable for averaged sized hands. There is a hint of a finger notch behind the guard. I'm not usually
a fan of these, but this one is very subtle. It provides just a bit security while not removing bulk where it's needed
for control, or spoiling the lines of the knfe. The pouch style sheath is attached to a ring and belt loop. This
may be a bit less tradtional than the twisted thong, but is probably more durable. I like this one.$89
#3519, The Tjuren is a smaller version of the #3521. The carbon steel blade is about 3 1/2" long, 11/16" (.7") wide,
and .096" thick. The handle is about 4 1/8" long, and sized for average or slightly smaller hands. It wieghs only 2 1/2
ounces, and would be an excellent trout and bird knife. This one also feels very good to me. $79.
#3506, The Vildmark (Wilderness) is done in the style of current Scandinavian custom knives. The handle
has a finger cutout, and just enough guard to keep your hand off the blade. It's well shaped for positive
control, and is sized for a small to average sized hand. The Sandvik stainless blade is 3 1/4" long, 13/16" wide, and about
.127" thick. It comes with a medium weight sheath with a belt loop that will take belts up to about
1 1/2" wide. The knife and sheath weigh about 5 ounces. The price is $86
#3508, The Vildmark Exclusive adds a reindeer antler spacer for style and balance. Again, the Sandvik Stainless
blade is about 3 1/4" long, 3/4" wide, .128" thick. The 4 1/4" handle has a bit of a fingerguard to keep your hand from
moving forward. It comes with a pouch style sheath with a plastic insert.
This one feels good to me, and the finger guard makes it well suited to the deer hunter.
The knife weighs about 3 ounces, or 4 1/2 ounces in the sheath. $115
#3536, The "Elk Sandvik" is a nicely made hunting knife with a bit of a guard and a reindeer antler
spacer. This concentrates mass near the center of gravity and gives the knife a lively feel. The Sandvik
stainless blade is just under 4" long, 13/16" wide, and .127" thick. The handle is about 4 1/4", but
reasonably small in diameter. I like the way this one feels in my average sized hand. It comes with a stout
sheath that will take wider belts up to about 2".The price is $109
#3532, The Älgen (Elk) has a blade 3 1/4" long, 7/8" wide, .128"
thick, of carbon steel. The 4" handle has the same antler spacer, but no
finger guard. It comes with a traditional sheath that dangles from a thong
in dark brown leather.
$95 Out of Stock
#3504, The Shoat is a simplified version without the antler spacer, but again there is a finger guard.
The Sandvik stainless blade is 3 1/4" long, 7/8" wide,
and ~.127" thick. It comes with a medium weight sheath with a belt loop that will take belts up to
about 1 1/2" wide. The price is $89
#3511, The Galten (Boar) is the same knife with a bit more blade. The Sandvik stainless blade is just under 4"
long, 15/16" wide, and .126" thick. Again, the handle has a finger cutout, and just enough guard to keep
your hand off the blade. The price is $99
#3502, The Galten Special is the Boar dressed up with a antler spacer in the handle, and a carbon steel blade.
The carbon blade is just under 4" long, 15/16" wide, and .099" thick. The thinner blade improves slicing,
while the extra width retains strength. Again, the handle has a bit of guard to keep
your hand off the blade, but doesn't have the cut out. The handle is about 4 1/2" long, and sized for
slightly larger hands. The price is $109
#3586, The Boar Survival knife adds a fire steel. Again, the handle has an antler spacer,
both for appearance and to improve the balance.The handle is about 4 1/4" long. The Sandvik 12C27 blade is just under 4” long, 15/16” wide,
and 1/8” thick. The spine of the blade is squared to provide sharp corners for striking sparks from the included firesteel.
The fire steel is military diameter of 3/8”, and has an antler handle with decorative scrimshaw.
The sheath has a holds both
the knife and firesteel securely.
$135.00 Out of Stock
I have a replacement fire steel with carved antler handle available for $25.
#3584, The Boar Survival knife is also available with a two sided diamond plate instead of the firesteel. $145.
#3587, The Boar Survival knife is also available with both the two sided diamond plate and the firesteel.
This would be a very comprehensive kit in a very neat and compact form.
$169 Out of Stock
#3573, The "Hunter 10" has a rather wide blade of Sandvik stainless. The blade is
about 3 3/4" (10cm) long, 15/16" wide, and .126" thick. The handle is about 4 3/8" long,
and has an attractive antler spacer and finger guard.
It comes in a heavy-weight brown sheath with a belt strap. The price is $139
#3507, The Älgen (Elk) Special has a Sandvik Stainless blade 3 1/4" long, 7/8" wide, .128"
thick. The 3 3/4" handle has an antler spacer with just a bit of shape to keep your finger from
moving forward. It comes with a traditional sheath that hangs from a thong. Current stock comes
with a dark brown sheath rather than the natural color shown in the picture.
This one feels good to me. $95
#3533, The Bocken (Buck) has a Sandvik stainless blade
about 3 1/8" long, 13/16" wide, and .128" thick. The handle has the same
curly birch, antler spacer and brass finger guard, and is about 3 3/4" long.
It's a very comfortable knife for those with smaller hands.
It comes with a heavy weight sheath for $140
#3513, The Järven (Wolverine) is of the more traditional Sammi style. It has the
typical pronounced flair to the wide, flat pommel. The handle
is an assembly of reindeer horn and curly birch, and is about 4 1/4".
The Sandvik stainless blade is 3 7/8" (10 cm.). The sheath is a has
a leather top section with a curly birch base. There is an insert of reindeer
horn down the front of the sheath which is engraved with an attractive
design. These are done by hand and will vary somewhat. It's altogether
a very nice package. The price is $129.
#3514, The Björnen (Bear) is a small leuku. These are the all-purpose camp
knives of the Saami. They are used for everything from cutting brush to
butchering reindeer. The carbon steel blade is about 5 1/4" long, 1 1/8" wide,
and .128" thick. The handle has the typical flairing pommel faced with
reindeer horm. The flat pommel allows you to use the palm of the off hand when forcing
the point into something. There is just a hint of a guard to help your fingers off the edge,
It comes with a traditional sheath that hangs from a thong.
$125. Out of Stock
#3516, The Fox has a 4" stainless blade, about .129" thick. The handle is an
attractive composite with an antler spacer and but cap. The
handle is about 4 3/8" long and sized for average or slightly larger hands.
It comes with a traditional dark brown sheath. $109.
#3619, The Stickkniv (Large Hunter) is a big knife. The stainless blade is about 6 1/4" long,
1 1/8" wide and .098" thick. Because the blade is fairly thin, the knife weighs only 5 ounces,
so it's still quick in the hand. The back of the blade is sharpened for the first 1 3/4", almost
like a bowie knife. It's supplied with a sturdy leather sheath. The sheath has a plastic
liner, and will take belts up to 2" wide. $117.00
#3638, The Unna Áksu (Hunter's axe) is a handy pocket-sized axe. It's about 9" in overall length.
The head is 12C27 stainless with a cutting edge about 2 3/4" long.
The very comfortable handle is curly birch capped with reindeer antler.
The axe weighs about 11 ounces, and comes with a black leather sheath, two sided
diamond sharpener and pouch for the sharpener. It's packed in a nice gift box for
$125 Out of Stock.
It's one of the few axes I've seen that is really sharp out of the box. It would not only
be a great bushcraft accessory, but would be really handy for roughing out green wood
#3522, The Laxen (Salmon) is an upscale fishing knife in the Finnish
tradition. The stainless blade is just over 6" long and only .046" thick
at the base. It's quite flexable. The grip is curly birch and antler with a brass finger guard.
The leather sheath hangs from a strap, or can be fastened to a button.
The price is
$79 Out of Stock.
#3577, G10 Hunting Knife is unusual for Karesuando in that it comes with a rubberized handle.
The grip is secure under slippery conditions, and the hint of a finger guard further helps to keep
your hand safely off the edge. The stainless blade is about 3 3/4" long, almost an inch wide, and .127" thick.
It's a no-nonsense knife for the dedicated hunter for only $73.
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