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Artistic and Collector Knives and Axes

 Artistic and Collector Knives and Axes, Marttiini Lapp knife on brown leather

Works of Art for Use and Display

Artistic and collector knives, Marttiini Salmon Knife

Scandinavian knives are generally utilitarian by design and built to assist with completing tasks outdoors such as chopping wood, building a fire, fishing and hunting. Many of these utilitarian knives are also very artistic and are suitable collector knives. The Marttiini Lapp Knife is 17” of artistry with a stainless steel blade that is etched with exquisite woodland camping scenes. The leather sheath that houses this knife also features woodland scenes along its entire length. Definitely a fine piece of art and conversation piece. The Marttiini Salmon Knife features a detailed bronze bolster and a beautifully wrought bronze pommel sculpted in the shape of a salmon head. Not trite or busy, the design is strong and classic.  The Condor Pictus Knife is a heavy full-tang knife, designed in the style of the Celtish Picts, who lived in Northern Scotland from ancient times up until around the 10th century. Celtic knotwork is engraved into the entire length of the blade. The elegant hickory handle features similar engraving and is held onto the thick tang with brass rivets. The hardened leather sheath is adorned with stamped and carved artwork. A stunning package. A gorgeous tribute to Viking era knives, the Norse Dragon Seax Knife features an antique blade finish inscribed with runes. Seax is the Old English word for knife and is typically associated with the Saxons. The hickory handle is carved and burned with a complex Celtic knotwork pattern as is the hardened leather sheath. The Järvenpää Boxer Knife is a work of art with a handle made of stacked layers of birch bark polished to a smooth finish. The keystone of the design is the pommel cast in the shape of the head of a boxer dog. Very refined.

Another specific category of knife that serves up impressive artistry are bushcraft knives. Bushcraft is a rugged and tough endeavor of enjoying the outdoors and surviving what nature has to offer. And bushcraft knives are designed and built to take on the tasks required to survive - and thrive - in the wild. But there are many bushcraft knives that are not only fit for the rigors of the wilderness, but are crafted as beautiful works of art. We celebrate those knives that are built tough - artfully. The Marttiini Wild Reindeer 13 Knife is big and tough enough to handle any wilderness chore yet is a work of art with antler graphics stamped into the curly birch handle that has been sanded smooth. The pommel is capped by a piece of reindeer antler to top off the elegant rustic design. Its reddish-brown leather sheath almost glows with beauty. Form follows function and simplistic design rules in the Marttiini Full Tang Knife. This heavy, full tang knife is a work of art with a laminated handle side-riveted to the beefy tang. Clean lines and striking curves enhance this timeless knife. The Wood Jewel Leuku with Elk Engraving Knife has a curly birch handle adorned with an engraving of an elk. The handle portrays an elk head in profile, with the antlers wrapping around the contours. The sheath has a more close-up view of an elk's face in exquisite detail. The Järvenpää Leuku Stainless Knife is has an elegant curve to the blade which is lightly inscribed with the Iisakki Järvenpää signature. The curly birch handle has a flared pommel, which complements the curve of the blade. To wrap up the package, its leather sheath is detailed with stamped and stained artwork. Rustic simplicity.

Looking for more than knives? Impress your friends with axes! Our line of throwing axes is inspired by the Viking era and come with beautifully crafted leather sheathes that are designed for each individual blade style. The Viking Bearded Axe is a fairly accurate reproduction of examples excavated in Gotland, Sweden and features a prominent hook blade, or beard. The artfully crafted sheath is made from quality leather with strong rivets and snap closures completely covering the edge and sharp points. Plus, the sheaths complete the design package with a look of tough authenticity. Check out our selection of Viking era throwing axes.

Many of our high-quality Scandinavian knives and axes are artistic works fit for collectors. Knives of the North carries a large variety of superior-crafted Scandinavian knives and axes that are of the highest quality, enabling you to choose the perfect knife or axe for your art collection. All our Scandinavian knives and axes feature blades made of high-quality steel and most with artistically crafted sheathes. Enjoy them for years to come!

Knives of the North sells many variations and brands of Scandinavian knives: Järvenpää knives, Brisa knives, Marttiini knives, Ahti knives, Condor knives, Mora knives, Roselli knives, Strømeng knives, River Traders knives, and Wood Jewel Knives.

We’re confident you’ll find the perfect artistic knife fit for a fine knife collection.