MARTTIINI KNIVES AND PENKNIVES
Marttiini knives and penknives have been made in an artic environment since Ja
Marttiini manufacture have been made in an artic environment since Janne Marttiini found the factory in 1928.
These Marttiini knives are products of a prestigious tradition and are known around the entire world.
Marttiini pocket knives stand out by its durability, its smart designs and its high quality, doing them the perfect choice for many craftsmen and hunters.
The company of Marttiini knives and penknives is without question one of the principal manufacturers of quality fishing and hunting knives.
Janne Marttiini was blacksmith who was born in a small town called Kierinki situated in Northern Finland. He worked manufacturing scythes, axes, small tools and handmade knives. In 1928 he founded own smithy in Rovaniemi and developed excellent models and methods of making knives. The demand of these strong and good knives increased during the 1930’s and Janne Marttiini was able to support his big family making knives and pocket knives.
In 1940 it was built a factory, which was destroyed during the World War II in 1944, but later it was rebuilt in the middle of Rivaniemi. At present this factory has been restored and it has become in a museum.
Janne Marttiini with his family. Marttiini founded its own company of knives and pocket knives in 1928 in Rovaniemi (Finland).
Due to the steady growth of the exportation business, it was necessary to enlarge the facilities. In 1972 a modern plant was built. Today 65 people work in Marttiini knives and it is managed by the third generation of the Marttiini family.
Nowadays Marttiini manufacturing more than 300 different knives and penknives, that cover from the original Lynx, designed by Janne Marttiini to models with the last novelties in technology and raw materials. Marttiini catalogue has knives set aside to hunting, fishing, camping, household, professional use and collectors. The manufacturing process still keeps the handmade traditional features of the past, incorporating efficient product research and modern development.
The diary production is about 5.000 knives and pocket knives, ensuring the deliveries of large quantities for the different countries around the world as U.S., Canada, Germany, Great Britain, the Scandinavian countries or Australia.
The national and international competence is very straight. The high quality, the long experience, the tradition, the special knowledge in the production of knives and penknives combined with the continuous investigation and the efficient development do Marttiini one of the most competitive signs in the sharp weapons markets.
The blade of the Marttiini knives and penknives is world famous. Its good reputation comes from the special Marttiini steel and the high quality of the process of fabrication.
The blades are manufactured with a special stainless chrome steel. To get the right combination among chrome melted with another materials it has been necessary doing a lot of proofs and studies.
The tempering at just the right temperature ensures a strong and durable blade. The materials composition (that contains 13% of chrome and ensures that the steel is absolutely stainless, durable and salt water resistant and acid resistant) tempered between 54 and 56 on the Rockwell scale (HRC) is the best combination for the manufacturing of blades of knives and penknives. With a blade tempered under 54 HRC would be easier to sharper but it wouldn’t be durable and the edge would be too flexible for an exigent use. The tempering over 56 HRC would give to the blade more hardness but the blade would be broken easier.
At present Marttiini orders the steel from factories in Germany and France. In the manufacturing process the sketches of blades are put through the rollers, which change design of molecules from round to ellipse shape.
This process causes that the metal composition is more density and therefore it causes that the blades are more durables and more flexible and the edge is longer.
In Rovaniemi the tempered sketches of blades go through the 7 different production stages until the blade is ready for the final hand polishing. The blades are always hand sharpened by machine. This machine adjusting requires ultimate carefulness and all time adjusting, and this machine adjusting also requires a very high knowledge of blade sharpening.
Marttiini knives and penknives is continuously investigating to get the best possible quality in the blades, the handles and knives and pocket knives sheaths, as well as in its assemblies and its locker system.
All the handles used in the Marttiini knives and pocket knives are manufacturing directly by Marttiini in its headquarters in Laukka and Rovaniemi.
For the handle manufacturing are used different kinds of wood materials. Traditionally the handles are made with curly birch wood from Finland. The curly birch used in the handles of the Marttiini knives and pocket knives only grows in the middle of Finland. This hard material is very suitable for the handles of the sharpen weapons, due to it is durable, beautiful and many solicited. Because of the fact that the limited availability of this wood is more valuable than ordinary Finnish birch, which is other material also used in large quantities. To satisfy the demands of the international markets, Marttiini has used for years the other darker-tone wooden materials like hazel and rosewood. These beautiful hardwoods give the knife the valuable, more international expression.
As a company located in Lapland, Marttiini has always wanted to highlight the Lappish traditions and the arctic exotic. These features have inspired designers in its collector knives development. These Marttiini decorative knives and pocket knives have a rich combination of materials, reindeer horn bone and curly birch. The handles made by hand are decorated by engravings and a mythological rattle inside the horn bone knob chases away evil spirits. Each knife is an individual masterpiece.
Marttiini knives and penknives has worked very much to found a great and durable cover for the wooden handles. To better grip and protect the wooden handles have a lacquer or oil coat.
This coat protects the handles also from humidity and dirty. Marttiini used two different kinds of lacquer: the cellulose lacquer or the new, plastic lacquer. The cellulose lacquer is durable, very used and proportionate the light yellow tone to the handles. The new plastic lacquer is not toxic, made with water soluble materials and used for the new models as Golden Lynx. This lacquer saves well the colour tone of the pale woods. The oil coat is more suitable for the hardwood handles of knives as Bird or Deer. The oil protects the handles but also ensures a great grip.
For the last ten years, the plastic, the rubber and their combinations have been gained ground. They are fit in handles, because the plastic and rubber handles are easy, favourable and quick to produce. These materials fulfil perfectly the requirements in the wet circumstances. These handles are also hygienic, safe and secure and the grip is tough. These combinations offer different kind feeling for grip: softer if there are more rubbish and more solid if there are more plastic.
The ferrules keep the handle and the blade together, covering the timber holes and rivets. The materials utilised are nickel, brass, bronze, copper and nowadays also plastic.
The sheath of the Marttiini knives and pocket knives covers and protects the knife, as well as protects the user to hurt himself. Marttiini has created the suitable sheath for each knife. The sheaths are reinforced by rivets on the edge of the sheath, press-stud sticking, band round the sheath or plastic inner sleeve.
The most utilised material in the sheaths of the Marttiini knives and penknives is the bull skin. To find the leather of the best quality, Marttiini dedicates many hours of work and numerous tests. Nowadays the material most utilised in the Marttiinni sheaths come from Italy and Spain. The leather sheaths are completely hand made. The sheaths are sewn using the milk glue to hold the edges tight together.
To offer a great selection of products Marttiini uses alternative materials for its sheaths too. The plastic sheaths are manufactured to be resistant even water-resistant. These sheaths are very practical and they protect perfectly the knife. They are available in several colours.
Each Marttiini knife and penknife pass a rigid quality control to have their blades engraved with J Marttiini, Finland.
Today Marttiini produces about 300 different models of knives and penknives, since the original Lynx, manufactured by Janne Marttiini, until the modern designs employing the last technologies and raw materials. The catalogue of Marttiini sharp weapons cover hunting, fishing, camping, collection, household and professional use knives and pocket knives. The fabrication process still keeps the features of the traditional craft that was characteristic in the past, but incorporating the actual investigations and the modern developments.
Some of the most outstanding knives are the followings:
This knife is the first knife of the Marttiini cutlery, designed personally by Janne Marttiini. Its main characteristic is its rising tip. The Lynx Marttiini knife was elected as best product at the 1932 exhibition in Vyborg. This was the first quality award given to a Marttiini product, and the foundation for the company’s reputation as a manufacturer of quality products. The first Lynx knives were small, but today it exists several versions of these knives that are different in the length of its blades and of its handles. However all they share the same handle material: curly birch wood; sheath material: leather; and blade material: carbon steel.
The Lynx knife of Marttiini was designed by Janne Marttiini and it was the first knife produced by the company of knives and penknives Marttiini.
MFK-2 W pocket knife:
This Marttiini penknife made with stainless steel has a blade perfectly polished. The MFK-2 W penknife has a lock system very efficient and specially safe, also its assembly is very solid. It incorporates a metallic box and a leather sheath.
The blade, of stainless steel measures 8 cm. of length. The Marttiini MFK-2 W penknife measures 19 cm. in total and weighs 120 gr.
The MFK-2 W pocket knife of Marttiini is one of the novelties of this sign of cutlery. Its main features are the quality of its materials (stainless steel and raft handle) and its sure and efficient lock system.
Condor Big knife:
This fishing knife possesses a blade with a sharp edge for opening and cutting. Its blade is very fine, but it is also very strong although a little flexible for a better cut. The handle material is rubbish and the sheath material is leather.
The blade, which is manufactured with stainless steel, measures 11 cm. The total length is 22 cm and its weight is 82 gr.
The fishing Marttiini knife Condor Big has a sharp edge and a stainless steel blade.
The current factory of Marttiini sharp weapons is situated in Rovaniemi, and the sheaths are made in Parnu (Estonia). Rapala distributes the Marttiini knives in North America, where the Marttiini knives and penknives are leaders in the market.
The Marttiini staff is about 80 people. Marttiini is the manufacturer most famous from Finland.
Marttiini knives and penknives are also ideal as gifts.