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Scandi knife

scandigrind, handmade bushcraft knives

Scandinavian grind. 


Designed to be light to medium duty use for the finer work you will be doing. It is not designed for batoning, but it is completely capable. (not the recommended use). Scandinavian grind knife is purpose built and excels to make fine cuts, notches, shavings, feather sticks, skinning your game and do other finer work of survival. Use common sense when working with your scandi grind knife and always remember that this type of grind produces a very fine edge. 



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“Knives have played a very important part in the history of the far Northern reaches, with its cold and forbidding environment. The cutlery of these cultures evolved into very unique and distinctive styles which today, represent some of the most outstanding general-purpose blades available. Finland, Norway and Sweden. Each of these countries have developed a style of knife unique to their cultures, but still reflecting the commonality of the various peoples of the region.

“A knifeless man is a lifeless man…”  - an old Scandinavian proverb -

What is a Scandinavian knife ?

While there are regional differences, there are features common to all Scandinavian knives, such as a narrow, straight blade with little or no belly and the edge curving up to meet the tip in a modified clip-point. The spine is straight and there is usually no finger-guard (because finger-guards actually get in the way when dressing out animals and fish…). The blades are typically short compared to other outdoor knives, between 3” and 5”. The scales will be wood, usually birch, but can also be horn, bone, and other local woods. They may be ornately carved with scrimshaw, but mostly they will be plain. The sheaths also cover a large part of the scales and are traditionally made from leather.                                                                                                                                                                                                      What sets a Scandinavian knife apart from all the others is the grind. Most knives have a primary bevel and a secondary bevel that goes to the cutting edge. Scandinavian grinds are just one bevel, starting near the blade center, and tapering all the way to the edge. This gives the blade an acute angle that creates an incredibly sharp edge and is also very easy to sharpen. You do not have to worry about getting the correct angle when sharpening. You just lay the blade on the stone with the edge against the honing surface and you automatically get the correct angle.


The knife is a representation of its people.                                                                                                   To understand Scandinavian knives, you need to understand the people that developed them. They are a perfect reflection of the cultures that created the basic designs. Like the people of the regions they are simple, rugged and no-nonsense. They are not fancy or pretentious.

The region that would become Scandinavia was populated by hunter-gatherer homo sapiens groups soon after the last Ice Age around 15,000 BC from southern Europe. Between 9000 BC and 5000 BC, several cultures made the area their home, mostly hunter-gathers that followed herds of reindeer, salmon runs, seals, etc… These people were migratory and moved south in winter and to the north in summer. These were the people that eventually found their way across the Bering Strait land bridge into North America. Around 5000 BC the area became dominated by the Funnelbeaker culture who had started to make pottery and develop agriculture. Their stone knives were already taking the shape of the modern Scandinavian knife….short and very, very sharp. Germanic tribes moved into the area, out and back in several times over the next few millennia and the stone knives gave way to copper, bronze and finally iron versions, but the basic designs changed little. 

Scandinavians are known for being very tough, stoic and persistent. Soon after the collapse of the Roman Empire the area evolved into the three main cultures: the Norwegians, the Swedes, and the Finns (Lapps or Sami).

The simplistic beauty and great performance of these knives are making them one of the go-to blades for outdoor enthusiasts. Scandi knives come alive in your hand and seem to take over the job for you. They are all a pleasure to use for just about anything. “

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