We have started offering knives made by our customers, in the Scandinavian style and using traditional Scandinavian materials.
Fred DeCicco of Fairbanks, Alaska, fashions knives from fine Scandinavian blades favoring the Roselli UHC carpenter blade for its size, utilitarian function and very hard, durable steel. Fred made his first knife from a Randall kit back in 1968. He discovered the functional simplicity of Scandinavian puukko blades in the early 1980s and has been developing his unique style since that time.
Fred had a career as a fisheries biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and is a passionate fly fisher. Since retiring in 2006, he has been guiding fly fishers into remote parts of northwestern Alaska for Twin Peaks Adventures based out of Nome.
Fred regrinds a basic puukko blade to create a more graceful line then continues that line into the handle. Birch bark has been used as a traditional knife handle material in Scandinavia for generations. After a brass bolster has been added, he combines birch bark, hardwood and moose antler to create a unique knife that carries the line of the blade through the knife. He uses a variety of hardwoods including Morrell, and Mallee burls from Western Australia, palm, Desert Ironwood, Sheoak, Ebony and others.