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Through the Ages, the agrarian, hunter culture of the Nordic people saw just about every last man carry a knife or dagger in a sheath on a belt. Whether they were tending their land, foraging or hunting for food, or setting out on epic Viking voyages of discovery, the blade played a significant role in their existence.— Páll Krisjánsson
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 artistic 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 the country's only professional knife-maker, his work is in demand with collectors all over the world seeking out his highly individual creations. For the hilts or handles he uses reindeer antler, bone or hooves from sheep and cows, whale tooth and bone, and fossilised wood that is 12 million years old (brown coal or fossilised tree). He also uses an assortment of Icelandic stones.
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 leather, wood, the skins of cow, seal and fish Kristjánsson creates a fitting holster, often, like the handles, intricately patterned with Viking symbols and carvings.
The knife blades are not Icelandic, however. They are either hand-made copies of Iron Age or Viking Age designs from Denmark, Damascus steel, or factory-produced blades from other parts of Scandinavia. Knives can be custom made to order, the blade and handle materials being selected by the buyer. The knife will be delivered within 4-8 weeks. No two knives and sheaths are the same. When you own a Kristjánsson knife, you can be sure that it's unique.