ABOUT US AND OUR HANDMADE KNIVES

Palli Kristjánsson

Icelander Palli Kristjánsson is carrying on a tradition. Using natural materials that were available in the Viking Age, he brings them into today’s modern times in a new and highly artistic way. With his unique approach to knife making he creates decorated knives that evoke the feral surroundings of his native land and the Viking Age of his forefathers.
As a pioneer, Palli is creating a knife making tradition in Iceland.  his work is popular among collectors all over the world that seek out his highly distinctive creations. Traditional Icelandic material is used to create beautifully carved knifehandles – material like birch, rowan, whale teeth, horse hooves, reindeer antlers, sheep horns and even lignite can be found in this knifehandles. The sheaths he fashions for the knives are no less evocative. Using cow, seal and fish leather, Kristjánsson creates a fitting sheath. Often the sheaths, like the handles are intricately patterned with Viking symbols and carvings.
His handmade knives are ideal for collectors as well as for use for hunting or fishing. The knives are also a perfect companion for all sorts of outdoor activity.

Soffia Alice

Soffía was born in Reykjavik but spent a lot of time travelling with her parents when she was young. She studied Fine Art in Rockford College (now University of Rockford, Illinois), living in the USA for several years.  She has always been very interested in cooking, visiting different restaurants wherever she went to see how they cooked and, at the same time, developing a love for good knives.
Soffia shares a workshop with Palli the Knife maker, they generated a constant stream of new ideas in the artists’ village of Álafoss, just 15 minutes from the center of Reykjavik.  With over 20 years experience as a tour guide, she gains a lot of her inspiration from the Icelandic nature, as endless walks with Nóra, her dog give her ideas for new creations.
Soffia started making kitchen knives as a hobby but has now made this her full time career, specializing in high quality, Damascus steel kitchen knives, which will last a lifetime when properly cared for. These professional Japanese style knives with their handmade handles represent the ultimate kitchen tools with designs inspired by the wild, raw beauty of the Icelandic nature.
With the vision of a chef and the mind of an artist.  Using traditional Viking method, making every knife unique, Soffia works with materials available since the Viking Age. A horse’s hoof, a reindeer’s antler, whale tooth, fossilized wood or even different Icelandic stones, are but a few of the materials she uses for the handles. The blades however are not Icelandic. They are either skillfully handmade either made from fine Damascus steel or Japanese three layers steel. Soffia makes sure only to choose the best blades there are, which keeps the edges razor sharp.Truly a treasure to find.
The only female professional knife maker in Iceland.

ABOUT THE HANDMADE KNIVES

Kristjánsson wanders the highlands and lowlands of his beloved country collecting suitable materials for his labours of love. The sheaths he fashions for the knives are no less evocative. Using cow, seal and fish leather, Kristjánsson creates a fitting sheath. Often the sheaths, like the handles are intricately patterned with Viking symbols and carvings. No two knives and sheaths are the same. When you own a Kristjánsson knife, you can be sure that it’s a unique handmade knife.
The knife blades are either hand-made copies of Iron Age or Viking Age designs, with some blades decorated with finely etched designs. They are made out of Damascus steel or stainless steel from Denmark, Germany or Sweden. Knives can be made by order with the blade and handle materials  selected by the buyer. A custom made knife will be delivered within 4-8 weeks. With no two knives and sheaths the same, all  handmade Kristjánsson knifes are unique.