Carving Knives

“SLOYD” – The magical crafts word from Scandinavia. The general meaning is ‘handcraft.’ Throughout Scandinavia there is a long history of teaching handcrafts as part of basic education in public schools. Jögge Sundqvist tells us that sloyd has several additional, older implications related to ‘clever , resourceful and skillful.’ An old timer might say ‘I am not unskillful.’

Our Swedish sloyd knives are made by Hans Karlsson and Svante Djärv. (Svante’s name is pronounced something like S-vant-A Yar-Va.) Svante Djärv’s knives have rather hefty, comfortable elm handles. They are forged from wear resistant steel that keeps a very good edge. Svante’s “Big Brother” hook knives are similar to his standard spoon knives, only the curve is larger, and they are made from thicker steel. The detail knife (S-03) is recommended for spoon carving, and other small work.



Svante’s small sloyd knife (S-13) is currently Drew’s favorite knife for teaching spoon carving and doing his own work. The 5/8 x 2-3/4 inch blade is a compromise between small and large, and it’s often just right for most carving work and other projects. We now of­fer the same knife with a hand-stitched leather sheath – S-13S. We imagine that Svante and Elsa make these when watching TV or something like that . (How else could they find time to do this”).

All of these knives are sold properly sharpened and ready for use.

Svante Djarv Knives
These Swedish carving knives are made by Svante Djarv (left). (Pronounced something like "S-Vant-A YarVa"). These knives have rather beefy, comfortable elm handles. They are forged from a wear resistant steel that keeps a very good edge. Svante's "big brother" hook knives are similar to the standard spoon-carving knives, only the curve is larger, and they are made from thicker steel. Our new SD-09 sloyd knife has a 4 inch blade, answering the need for a knife that is useful for roughing out spoons and other carvings before getting down to finer detail work.


Engraving knife; 5/16” x 1-3/8” blade

S-12 Detail knife; 3/8" x 2" blade (similar to H-151)
S-13 Small sloyd knife; 5/8" x 2" blade
S-13S Small sloyd knife with hand-stitched sheath
S-14 Medium sloyd knife; 25 x 85 mm blade
S-15 Large sloyd knife; 7/8" x 4" blade



The Svante Djärv spoon carver’s hook knives come in 2 configuration, and the standard left and right versions. S-21 and S-22 are for smaller spoons, and carving with a tight bowl. Big Brother S-23 and S-24 are for more shallow spoons and ladles.

S-21 Standard spoon-carving hook knife, right
S-22 Standard spoon-carving hook knife, left
S-23 Big Brother hook knife, right
S-24 Big Brother hook knife, left

HANS KARLSSON’S spoon-carving knives are shaped with a curve that is in-between the Standard and Big Brother Svante knives. In this variant, the curvature of the blade is below the axis of the handle, making the cutting action somewhat different, and maybe more comfortable.

Our detail sloyd knife from Hans Karlsson is perfect for small or fine work – spoon carving, whittling, detailing chair parts or door latches, and much more. The blade is approximately 2 inches long, with distinct, flat bevels on both sides. Unlike many small carving knives, the cut­ting edge curves upwards towards the tip. This is harder to make (and sharpen) but it allows the carver to work in places that straight edged knives (that curve downwards from the back of the blade) cannot easily reach. Blade width is about 3/8 inch – excellent for carving into hollows or tight areas. Overall length 7 inches. The handle is cigar shaped, tapering to a cone-shaped bolster at the blade end. This allows a grip close to the blade which is excellent for various knife grasps.

Knives from Del Stubbs

We currently offer two exceptional knives made by Del Stubbs in Minnesota. The DS-07 kolrossing knife is a Norwegian-style, used for single cut engraving that is traditionally filled with a mix­ture of linseed oil and powdered bark. The kolross­ing knife can also be used for double pass, V-cuts. The DS-08 engraving knife is a stout little beauty, intended for double pass, V-cut decorative incising. Both knives have beautifully turned, hardwood handles and are extremely sharp. Stubbs knives are made from 01 high carbon tool steel.

DS-07 Stubbs kolrossing knife
DS-08 Stubbs engraving knife

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