Since prehistoric times, the Sami people of Arctic Europe have lived and worked in an area that stretches over the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Russian Kola Peninsula. Traditionally, the Sámi have pursued a variety of livelihoods, including coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding. Their best-known means of livelihood is semi-nomadic reindeer herding.
The design of the knife is the same today as it was hundreds of years ago. The Stromeng Sami knife has deep roots in Sami culture and their way of life. The time and equipment may have changed, but the knife still enjoys a place of honour in Sami culture as an essential tool.
The handle fittings have always been constructed of brass. Since the pre-Christian era, brass has been a sacred metal to the Sami people, as it was supposed to ward off evil spirits. In addition, ancient Sami folk made use of the knife medicinally.
The knife is available with either an 8" or 9" blade. We also have an 8" version with a finger guard, and darkened blade that was designed for the Norwegian Army Special Forces, who still use this as their preferred knife. Strømeng Sami knives have a handle of slow-growing birch oiled with linseed oil, and sturdy sheaths made of cowhide. The knife blade is carbon steel with the designation NB1248U and a hardness of 59 Rockwell.
Some useful tips when using the knife: The blade closest to the shaft is mainly used for rough work. The middle part of the blade is used especially for precision cutting. When chopping, one or two fingers are placed behind the pommel to shift the force forward. Do not use the entire arm in the stroke during chopping, only the wrist - thus you gain better control of where you are cutting. Being a carbon blade, it is important to keep the blade clean and dry after use.
Great quality item in Sami knife from Strømeng at a good price. Great dialogue with seller and very fast dispatch/delivery. Would use again.
I bought this knife on a whim having gazed longingly at the natural man website for months. Excellent service from Mark who got it to me next day despite the run up to Christmas. The knife is beautiful and functional. It is an excellent price for a hand made knife, extremely sharp and with a well balanced feel.
I've been looking for a blade for a while. I was settled on a Helle until I read about the Sami. This knife has that old world quality. It's history is one of its selling points. The Sami Tribe were making this knife the same way hundreds of years ago. Once I read the Norwegian Special Forces use this knife I knew it was the real deal. I got the 8" with the finger guard as I wanted a strong blade with safety. It comes in a beautiful cow hide sheath which adds to its uniqueness. Natural Man were great to correspondent with. Mark's a nice guy..
Beautiful knife, very speedy delivery. Excellent service all round.
Fast and efficient service. Ordered Monday morning and was at my door the following morning. A quality item at a competitive price.
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