History

The Strømeng family began their knife-making operation in Karasjok towards the end of the 18th century. Ever since then, the family has been taking the tradition from generation to generation. Knivsmed Strømeng is one of very few knifemakers left which still produce knives for Same people.

The inside of an old, wooden smithy "The Old Smithy" (see picture) was built of timber from Karasjok and Anarjohkka some time during the 19th century. This small building, stained by soot and heat and with carved symbols on the walls, tells the story of thousands of knife blades being heated, beaten, shaped and sharpened. This cramped little cabin was a knife-making workshop until the 1950s.

The Strømeng family began their knife-making operation in Karasjok towards the end of the 18th century. The workshop produced tools for the local population, who mainly comprised Same reindeer herders and hunters. It also made steel runners for sledges.

The next time you are in Karasjok, visit knife-maker Strømeng and "The Old Smithy".