Scandinavian Style Knife and Sheath
The heart and soul of this small knife is the combination of its exotic materials. The Cable Damascus from which this blade was made began life as a 1-inch diameter 2-mile long wire rope that carried tens of thousands of visitors to the top of Sandia Peak via Albuquerque, New Mexico’s aerial trams, the longest cable car system in the world. From its unique combination of handle materials and assembly methods to the form-fitted Scandinavian style sheath, this is a serious knife for the dedicated outdoors enthusiast or the collector of one-of-a-kind handmade knives available anywhere. Departing from the typical Scandinavian style, it shares its functional double edged style by emphasizing kinship with America’s Crown Prince of knives, the famed Bowie. Combining multiple textures ranging from the oatmeal colors in the fossil Walrus Oosic (penile bone), and African Ebony assembled on a bias (angled) theme sandwiched between the sculpted bronze end cap and hilt, this knife is pure business whether carried afield or rests in a cabinet alongside other collectibles.
The sheath emphasizes simplicity, a design dating back a millennium at least. It incorporates a “swallowtail” strap belt loop that is woven into, rather than stitched onto, both sides of back of the sheath body. This method of attaching a carry-strap remains the preferred assembly method throughout Scandinavia. Although I lived in Denmark for the better part of a decade, I ignored much of Old Norse knife culture until it dawned on me while hunting in Sweden recently that the Vikings were—and still are—onto something. Nothing underscores success better than time-honored traditions. I’m very pleased to introduce this part of international knife making arts to my American friends, and invite you to participate with me in building one of these classics expressly for you.