Karesuando Knives,
tradition and culture from the arctic taiga.

map of Karesuando's location

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.

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larger image #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
larger image #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 Out of Stock

larger image #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
larger image #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
larger image #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
larger image #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 .
larger image #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.
larger image #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
larger image #3584, The Boar Survival knife is also available with a two sided diamond plate instead of the firesteel. $145.
larger image #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
larger image #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
larger image #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 Out of Stock
larger image #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
larger image #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.
larger image #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
larger image #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.
larger image #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.
larger image #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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