During our Summer holidays a few years ago we could not resist calling in on Svante Djarv Hantverk AB on our way through Sweden.
Svante and his wife Elsa work from a workshop behind their house. Svante carefully and skillfully bashes and grinds the metal to produce the excellent tools we appreciate in the UK whilst Elsa makes and fits the handles to the tools, as well as admin and dispatching duties. Their business has grown and developed out of a clear understanding of what a particlar tool has to do, one that works very well and is a joy to have in the hand. The following is a translation of the copy on each of Svante's tools
"I am a craftsman who combines working closely with nature and traditional craft. I aim to create tools that are not only functional and designed to do a particular job very well but which are also pleasing to the eye. Each tool is individually hand made. The blade, made from high carbon tool steel, is heat treated to about 60 Rockwell so our tools will take and hold a great edge"
Other knives come from Morakniv, Swedens best known production knife makers. Knives have been made around the town of Mora for more than 300 years. Today the knives that come out of the modern and well organised factory are mass produced but feature a high level of sharpness and are pretty tough. They are also a great price.
We stock a small range of folding knives from well known French knife makers Opinel. Including a pruning knife and a general purpose pocket knife.
British maker Ben Orford's crook knives are exceptional.