The genuine same knife
The genuine same knife is an important concept in Sami cultural history. It is a multi-tool that has not changed in hundreds år.I the old forge at Cutler Strømeng in Karasjok is the Sami made knives for 200 years. 6 generations Strømeng has made thousands of the genuine same knife. Blacksmith profession came to Karasjok in the 1700s along with Strømeng family ancestors. Smiths here at the time made primarily knives and other utilities to the population, which then consisted most of herders, hunters and hunters. The knife has always been an important tool for the Sami. The men used the knife to flay animals like beavers and goals, they also used the knife to cut the venison and cook paddles. Women have used the knife to leather and tegerarbeid (eg merging curves) as well as ordinary chores at home.
Now it’s the 6.generasjon within Strømeng family tasked to lead the production of the same knives on. Strømeng knife smithy has an output of ca.10.000 Sami knives a year. You can also buy other stuff there such as coffee bags made of reindeer hides, wooden bowls and the like.
When Hjalmar Strømeng company took over after his uncle in 1988 said the ancient and famous knife blacksmith Isaac Strømeng that his nephew could do what he wanted of changes with the knife and now, except for one thing. He had to promise forever to keep chanting the same knife. He never got to tell why the brass had to pass before he died. Eventually it was discovered that the brass is Sami sacred metal and the metal protects the holder against the spirits. Brass also stops blood, removes boils and pains when you add the metal against the skin.
Shamans, called the Sami people who had the ability to get in touch with the gods and holy powers. The religion was linked to notions of fertility, birth, illness and death, and shaman drum was an important part of the ritual. From ancient times also stems belief messi gens magical properties. It is said that brass, used in the ferrule and the fitting of the blades, protects the owner against evil spirits and bad luck. Moreover, says Sami folk medicine that same knife has a magical healing power which among other things can be used to stop the blood, relieve gout and remove pustules.
Today, Strømengkniven produced with modern equipment in central Karasjok. Something to own everyone.