Frey was the god of peace in the Norse sagas, but also the god who rules over fertility and prosperity. He was king of trolls and elves, beings that until recently were an everyday part of life in the farming community. Mod. NL4 Frey is not merely a beautiful and neat knife – since the blade is in laminated VG10W steel, the knife is relatively strong, and not at all clumsy. When it comes to the Northern Light Series nothing has been spared to make the knife as strong, beautiful, and comfortable as possible. The knife is a pleasure to look at and a thrill to use.
From 2022, the blade is made out of laminated VG10W steel, where the edge is in a technically well-designed VG10W steel and the sides consist of tough, all-stainless 420J2 steel. This combination is good since it brings together all conceivable and desirable properties such as resilience, resistance to torque, and edge-durability in a single blade. A 5 mm thick blade in itself would be strong enough for most tasks – with laminate technology one can expect an additional 20% strength in the form of resistance to bending, as compared to an ordinary VG10W blade.
The handle consists of specially selected oxhide: sadly a material that is usually overlooked by manufacturers, but which gives a sure and rugged grip. It ages beautifully and as the years pass it acquires an attractive brown patina, and it is unaffected by oil and solvents and impervious to water. Dryness might cause small cracks on the handle but they disappear when the knife is put to use again.
We are persisting with the convex edge since we consider this to be the ultimate combination of cutting performance and edge strength, and of course, our NL4 Frej knife features this. Anyone who knows anything about knife making knows that such an edge can only be made by hand, and that’s why 99.99% of all knives don’t have that kind of edge. Knives in general are of course mass-produced, where CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) robots and grinders shape the blades as best they can. The machines are loaded with stacks of blades so that production can go on 24 hours a day and the result is quite often really good – good knives at affordable quotes. However, if you want top-drawer strength, corrosion resistance, edge durability, and design, the machine hasn’t been made that can come even close to the craftsmanship of a trained, skilled knife smith. Therefore, we take great pride in being able to present our Northern Light Series, well aware that only the most quality-conscious will appreciate its assets.
The sheath is made of black high-quality leather.