Danish Design

in Custom Knives   

Welcome to Christian Rasmussen's

Knifemaker's Workshop!  

Most Recent Update: 

February, 23th, 2018

 

A little history:

For many thousands of years the knife has been the primary tool of Man: Knives were chiseled out of flint, the only material suitable and available.

Later, during the Bronze Age, knifemakers began casting knives in sand stone molds, and design considerations began to play a increasingly important part in the process. The bronze smith was able to create  any shape at all, according to his own taste and desires, and quickly the flint smith was being outdistanced.

Except for one particular stubborn flint smith who dwelled in the western part of the green island of Funen, Denmark: He took up the challenge, and through miraculous craftmanship he created a flint copy of the current bronze knife design: The famous Hindsgaul Dagger, since recognized as the most exquisite flint tool produced in all of Europe. The dagger is proudly displayed at the National Museum in Copenhagen, and in 1992 it was used as the motif of this Danish postage stamp:

All this was 3000 years ago, and later iron took the place of the bronze. Unfortunately most of Iron Age and Viking Age knives are gone due to iron's enemy number one: rust.

Of course there was a production of knives during the Middle Ages and onwards, but with Industrialization the craft of knifemaking all but disappeared in Denmark, unlike in the other Scandinavian countries, where a strong tradition for knifemaking has persisted throughout the years. Beginning about 20 years ago there has been a remarkable revival of the craft in Denmark. So, again everyone can buy himself a fine handcrafted knife of exquisite beauty, and in Danish Design as a lifelong companion or as a gift for a treasured friend or relation.

Now, what is this thing about Danish Design?

Well, for many years and all over the world Danish craft has been renowned and valued for it's beauty and functional simplicity combined with uncompromising quality of materials. Danish furniture and ceramics are good examples. We tend to keep things nice and simple: The thing in and of itself, so to speak. That's basically what Danish Design is about.

On the following pages I will show you in more detail how this turns out in practice. Please click on the navigation buttons on the left hand side of this page, and be my guest!