Knifes for the boys (Scandinavian style MaFe knifes).

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Knifes for the boys
Scandinavian style MaFe knifes.

French Caroline have two wonderful boys Noe and Ruben, they have now reached the age where I thought it was time for them to have a real knife for tours in the forest and so.
So when they were here for one weeks of holyday in Copenhagen, we (I) spend some time to make these fine Scandinavian Viking style knifes for them.

1. Noe and Ruben, with smiles that makes the time well spend.
2. Rubens knife, with a touch of fish tail, mahogany, brass and blue/white bolster.
3. Noes knife, with an elegant curve of a trout, mahogany, silver and red/black bolster.
4. The templates for the sheaths.
5. The sheaths before the longs sowings are made and the coloring done.
6. Both of them ready for years of use.

Some other knifes I have made:

Hope it can bring some inspiration.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 08-09-2011 07:09 PM

Mads you are so talented. Beautiful knives. I’m sure they will treasure them for the rest of their lives.

Take care,


-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 08-09-2011 07:30 PM

What an awesome project Mads! Oh the memories to last a lifetime….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 08-09-2011 07:34 PM

Beautiful knives. You can see the adventures they’ll have with those knives!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#4 posted 08-09-2011 07:35 PM

These are wonderful! They are a treat for the eyes and no doubt the hands.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 08-09-2011 09:06 PM

Every boy needs a good knife!! Good on ya.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#6 posted 08-09-2011 09:16 PM

I agree with saddletramp. Every boy/man should have a good dependable knife. These are very nice. Did you purchase the blades for these knives or did you make them? If you made them, please do one of your How-To blogs on the process.



-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#7 posted 08-09-2011 09:21 PM

Beautiful work

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#8 posted 08-09-2011 10:02 PM

Giving little kids knives to carry around sounds stupid and dangerous. Which is my Dutch upbringing. The only reason to carry a knife is to stab someone.

Of course, in many areas of the world, this ain’t so. And with the gift of the knife comes (hopefully) the gift of teaching them to use them responsibly, and to treat them as the tools they are. Such cultural differences :)

Nice knife!

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#9 posted 08-09-2011 10:17 PM

Beautiful knifes, Mad.

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#10 posted 08-09-2011 10:22 PM

^Wow, that post jabbed at me like a knife! Knowing Mads, I’m sure these children will be taught all manner of behavior befitting of a small gentleman.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 08-09-2011 10:26 PM

Great gift Mafe! Teach them early and teach them well.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#12 posted 08-09-2011 10:35 PM

What a great first knife. With a custom mafe made sheath. Nice.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#13 posted 08-09-2011 10:41 PM

Hiiii ooo,

CJIII, Always a pleasure to see you arround buddy.

nebulous, In my country Denmark it is illigal for boys and men to carry arround knifes. But we have a long and proud tradition about knifes as a tool. And I belive it will be a sad world where a boy could not learn to use a knife in nature, to make a whistle, build a shelder and just sit and whittle in the wonderful nature.
It sound really dramatic that little boys should stab someone because they spend a wonderful day with a adulte while playing with a knife… I’m not sure I really follow you, sorry. Thank you for the compliment on the knifes.

Theophilous, I smile.

Doc, sorry no I buy my blades, I do not have the tools required to hollowgrind or to shith one, even I would love to try this also one day. Acually I have a big wish to buy a little blacksmiths forge but no room for it.
I also think it is a gift for every child to learn to use a knife in nature. I was also a boyscout and it was a natural part of the uniform.

Saddletramp, yes I will never forget when my grandfathers friend gave me a pocket knife and learned me to make a little willow wistle, it was a moment of magic.

Al, the boys sure was happy.

Karen, little Noe was so proud you can not imagine, they both kissed me many times and said thank you, so I think they both imagine plenty of adventures we will have in the future.

Dan, yes probaly the momory are even better than the knifes.

Andy, you are too kind. I hope they will be able to keep them, but the memory will stay.

Thank you all for the nice comments.
The best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#14 posted 08-09-2011 10:43 PM

Hal, Al, SAS, I promise I will teach them all the manners needed.
Yes I teach them even to be gentlemen also I hope, at least I try my best.
Thank you for the support!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#15 posted 08-09-2011 11:50 PM

My dad made a knife out of a metal file when he was a teenager in the 1930’s. But he used a stack of thick boot leather “washers” and ground down the layers of leather into a handle (instead of wood as you have done). I always wanted a knife like his when I was a little kid.

Later as a pre-teen I got to use/carry it on camping trips under his supervision, and later as a teenager on backpacking trips on my own as a boy scout. Though dad’s been gone for decades I still have his knife and sheath. It is tarnished, worn and beat to heck but it has a whole lot of miles and good memories associated with it.

Hopefully your fiancée two sons will have the same results.


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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