Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 32
  1. #1
    VIP Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Near Rugby, UK
    Age
    51
    Posts
    3,206
    Rep Power
    16

    Question Help ID'ing a knife

    While I was down at my local pub on Friday evening enjoying a glass or 2 of lemonade I noticed that hanging behing the bar with all the other curios was this knife:



    The Landlord called it a "fishing knife from Finland" - try saying that after a few drinks!

    The blade as in a bit of a state - I guess that it was put away uncleaned some years ago - but I was able to clean it up a bit without doing anything too drastic.

    The knife itself is about 18cm overall with a blade length of about 7.5cm. The blade is stamped with R.NATTEN (or it could be B. NATTEN) but other than that there are no markings on it.



    The sheath is well made and has some intricate patterning on it, but may not have been the original one - the fit is OK, but not perfect and the sheath seems too big for the blade.

    I'm fairly certain that this must have been commercially made judging by the swivel between the belt loop and the sheath and the fastner that holds the folded belt loop.



    The bolsters aren't solid, but seem to be bands around the wood, it's possible to see the joins on the underside in the photo above.

    All in all it's quite a useable little knife, it's still got a bit of an edge despite it's mistreatment and feels like it would quickly take on a very good edge.



    The top of the blade is quite interesting, as it's slightly radiused (not flat) and seems to be polished. Also there's a strange little notch on the top of the blade where it meets the bolster.

    If anyone has any information about then the landlord of my local will be gratefull.
    Stephen

    Consume alcohol sensibly - life is too short to drink bad wine

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    us
    Posts
    1,013
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: Help ID'ing a knife

    Nice knife. I'm not familiar with the maker, but the style strikes me as
    more Norwegian than Finnish or Swedish. Nicely made; I suspect a little
    cleaning would produce at really beautiful knife.

    Rich
    Richard Stein, PhD

    The Japanese Sword Index
    http://japaneseswordindex.com/nihonto.htm

    The Nihonto Message Board
    http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/index.php

  3. #3
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Aberdeenshire
    Posts
    26,262
    Rep Power
    82

    Re: Help ID'ing a knife

    I think the little notch is used for bending fishing hooks -or something like that (as I'm no angler). Brusletto produced the same feature on their Middelalder
    " I never said that." Albert Einstein.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    789
    Rep Power
    9

    Re: Help ID'ing a knife

    Hej Stephen63!

    The knife and its sheat looks very "Norweigan" to me, not Finnish.

    Regards Gunnar.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    URUGUAY
    Age
    77
    Posts
    11,741
    Rep Power
    21

    Re: Help ID'ing a knife

    I think Rich and Gunnar are right!!Looks pretty norwegian tio me too!!
    Regards:Albert
    I like it!!

  6. #6
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Way up north
    Age
    33
    Posts
    61
    Rep Power
    10

    Re: Help ID'ing a knife

    That knife is most definetivly Norwegian. The blade was forge by Bjarne Natten from Notodden in Telemark. I don't know how his handle and sheathmaking style was, but that looks very much like the Telemark style and could very well be made by Bjarne as well.

  7. #7
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Aberdeenshire
    Posts
    26,262
    Rep Power
    82

    Re: Help ID'ing a knife

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen63 View Post
    The sheath is well made and has some intricate patterning on it, but may not have been the original one - the fit is OK, but not perfect and the sheath seems too big for the blade.
    The sheath is also missing any retainer to latch over the pommel stud on the knife. Again suggesting it isn't original.
    " I never said that." Albert Einstein.

  8. #8
    Trader
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    sweden
    Posts
    790
    Rep Power
    10

    Re: Help ID'ing a knife

    Hello.

    I am allmost certain that the knife is a Norwegian Telemarksknife. A very nice one . I think the notch is a mark of knifemaker a sort of a sign or if its a sign of the telemark makers.

    Seved



    http://sevedsknivar.blogg.se/

    I accept payment via paypal.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    GÄVLE sweden
    Age
    40
    Posts
    210
    Rep Power
    9

    Re: Help ID'ing a knife

    that knife is absolutly norwegen telemark.
    the finnish knifes have a longer and a very slim blade. the handle is offen made of birch wood or birch bark with silver or brass inlay. there is offen a horse head on top of handle. of course there is diffrent styles in finnland as in every country.
    there is a nice book of norwegian knifes called "knivsmeden" by Håvard Bergland.( the knifesmithery). i dont knowe if the book is translated to english but i think so.

    hope i could be at any help.

    cheers tommy
    www.teknifes.se

    Normal people worry me

  10. #10
    VIP Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Near Rugby, UK
    Age
    51
    Posts
    3,206
    Rep Power
    16

    Re: Help ID'ing a knife

    Thaks to all for the help and information.

    I'll just have to pop down to the pub again to pass it all on!
    Stephen

    Consume alcohol sensibly - life is too short to drink bad wine

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Wiltshire
    Age
    43
    Posts
    10,816
    Rep Power
    20

    Re: Help ID'ing a knife

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen63 View Post
    Thaks to all for the help and information.

    I'll just have to pop down to the pub again to pass it all on!
    Like thats going to be a hardship

    Tiffers
    Do you have a leatherwork question? Try checking HERE to see if your question has already been asked.
    Patience is a virtue.....

  12. #12
    Trader
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    sweden
    Posts
    790
    Rep Power
    10

    Re: Help ID'ing a knife

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffers View Post
    Like thats going to be a hardship

    Tiffers


    Seved



    http://sevedsknivar.blogg.se/

    I accept payment via paypal.

  13. #13
    Account Closed
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Nottingham
    Age
    48
    Posts
    57,376
    Rep Power
    0

    Re: Help ID'ing a knife

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen63 View Post
    Thaks to all for the help and information.

    I'll just have to pop down to the pub again to pass it all on!

    Stephen, mate, only you could live in a village in the heartland of England and have a local with a highly collectable Norwegian knife behind the bar!



    Danzo

  14. #14
    VIP Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Lincolnshire UK
    Age
    44
    Posts
    3,583
    Rep Power
    15

    Re: Help ID'ing a knife

    The pubs not called the Winchester by any chance?

    Mark
    Reviews Here (Mainly Torches at the moment + the odd knife now!)
    New Host www.cones-stuff.co.uk

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    URUGUAY
    Age
    77
    Posts
    11,741
    Rep Power
    21

    Re: Help ID'ing a knife

    I think the Bergland book is not in english,at least I could not locate one,so I got one in german!!Even if you dont understand much the pictures are self explainatory!!A ral need to have book,like Bo Bergman's!!
    Regards:Albert

 

 

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •