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Norwegian Knives from Brusletto

The Norwegians want their knives to look good, and work very well. The patterns have been refined over the last thousand years or so, and tend toward elegant, functional, simplicity. Most of the styles are very traditional, and many will suit the reenactor very well.

Brusletto knives are made from high carbon stainless steel hardened to about 58 on the Rockwell "C" scale. They come in a variety of elegant, but traditional styles. Workmanship is very good. Most of the sheaths have a molded plastic insert to protect the sheath and owner. Unless otherwise noted, they come with a gift box.


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Hunter

The Hunter is a large, but fairly light knife with an aluminum guard. The 5 1/4" (13.5cm) blade is wide but thin (.089") for effective slicing. I understand this is a very popular knife in Norway, where hunters often have to quarter and partially butcher their game in the field.
The price is $99


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Vassfarett

The Vassfarett is a stout bushcraft knife with a blade 3 1/2" long, 1 1/4 wide, and a full .150 thick The blade is 440C and has a Scandinavian grind. The knife has a full width tang visible on all sides of the handle. The 4 1/2 handle is birch, with stainless bolsters, and sized for average to larger hands. Supplied with a leather sheath, the price is $105


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Storbukken

The Storbukken ("Big Buck") is a big knife, with almost 6" of blade and 4 1/2" inches of handle. The blade is about .152" thick. The handle is figured wood with an aluminum hilt. It weighs a bit less than 6 ounces and has a nicely solid feel in the hand. The weight is forward for efficient chopping, and the knife would make a good camp knife for clearing brush, building shelters, butchering game, etc. Yet it's not so large and heavy as to be obnoxious on the belt. $109

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Falken

The Falken would make a nice companion piece for skinning. It also has an aluminium hilt, designed to keep your hand from sliding up on the blade when slippery. The 3 3/8" blade has a hollow grind and an upsweep that is well suited to skinning.
The price is $95


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Norgeskniven

The Norgeskniven has the same blade in a more conventional setting. The handle is comfortable in a variety of positions, and feels really good in my average sized hand. The sheath hangs from a belt loop and there is a strap to engage a stud on the end of the pommel. The blade is 3 3/4", and the length overall is 8". Current stock does not have the stamping on the sheath.
Price is $105


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Busletto-Kniven

The Brusletto-Kniven is a working knife. It has the same blade as the Nansen and Norgeskniven, but with a plain birch handle rather than curly birch. The 4 1/4" handle is done in the style of current Scandinavian custom knives, and gives excellent control. Despite the full size blade and handle it weighs about four ounces including the sheath. It would be excellent for hikers or hunter who like to go light. The knife comes in a simple carton rather than the usual gift box. It's quite a value at only $69


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Spikkekniv

The Spikkekniv ("whittling knife") is a joint effort of Brusletto, Norges Husflidslag (The Norwegian Folk Art and Craft Federation) and Skogselskaper (The Norwegian Forestry Society). It's really quite sweet. The knife was designed as a carving knife for children to interest them in whittling and woodcraft. The carbon steel blade is just under 2 1/2" long, and shaped for carving. The handle is sized for a child's hand, but is still usable by an adult. Actually it fits my hand quite nicely. It's the only Brusletto knife with a carbon steel blade. Carbon stel is used to provide easier sharpening along with excellent edge retention. The handle is stamped with an image of the project's mascot "Spikketrollet" which is suggested as an easy first carving project. The sheath has a plastic liner for safety. The knife weighs about 3 3/4" including the sheath, so it would also make an interesting neck knife. As you can tell, I really like this one. It comes without a box, and the price is $45

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Hallingskarvet

The Hallingskarvet is a small traditional knife named after a mountain in one of the Norwegian national parks. The handle is only about 3 3/4" long, but feels good in my average sized hand. The blade has a graceful clip, and is about 2 3/4" long, and .093" thick. This would make an excellent small utility knife, and would work nicly as a neck knife. It weighs a bit less than 3 1/2 ounces including the sheath, The sheath will accept 2" belts and has a plastic safety liner. It would also be an interesting whittling knife. $39

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Brusletto Speider

"Speider" is Norwegian for "Scout", and this is one of the Norwegian Boy Scout knives. The slightly upswept stainless blade is about 3 3/8" long, and a stout .135" thick. . The birch handle is just inder 4" long and there is a stout guard to keep the fingers off the blade. The sheath is heavy leather with a plastic liner. I particularly like the way the sheath is designed. It fastens with a snap, but the wide flap is positioned just above the guard. This tends to retain the knife even if the snap is undone, unless it's deliberately folded back. It solves the main problem I have with most snap style sheaths. I wish it was used more widely for sheaths with snaps. The sheath has a sturdy belt loop that will accept belts up to about 1 3/4" wide.
The price is $49


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Fjel

The Fjel (mountain) is an upscale version with a curly birch handle. The knife has a solid feel in the hand, but is quite lightweight at about 3 1/4 ounces. The sheath has a plastic insert and will take belts up to 1 1/2s. The knife is a bit over 7 3/4 overall, and feels like a worker. The price is $129.

Ordering

Shipping and handling is $6 per order (not per item) anywhere in the US. Standard shipping is by Priority Mail, so please give me your mailing address, not your UPS address. The $6 doesn't actually cover the cost in many cases, but it's easy to calculate, and is my way of saying "thank you".

Orders in New York State require sales tax. If you don't know the sales tax in your county, I can calculate it for you, but you should expect it to be added. This applies only to orders shipped to addresses within New York State.

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If you don't have a FAX, you can call 716-731-3715. If your timing is good, you can just speak to me and give me the order. If I'm not in the office it will default to the FAX machine. No collect calls.

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Everything on the page should be on hand and ready to ship. However some items may be short supply, so if you are ordering by mail, you might want to e-mail first so that I can hold your item (ragnar@ragweedforge.com).


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