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.