MARTTIINI KNIVES AND PENKNIVES
knives and penknives have been made in an artic environment since Ja
have been made in an artic environment since Janne Marttiini found the
factory in 1928.
Marttiini knives are products of a prestigious tradition and are known
around the entire world.
pocket knives stand out by its durability, its smart designs and its high
quality, doing them the perfect choice for many craftsmen and hunters.
company of Marttiini knives and penknives is without question one of the
principal manufacturers of quality fishing and hunting knives.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
tempering at just the right temperature ensures a strong and durable blade.
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.
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.
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
Rovaniemi the tempered sketches of blades go through
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.
handles used in the Marttiini knives and pocket knives are manufacturing
directly by Marttiini in its headquarters in Laukka and Rovaniemi.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
of the Marttiini knives and pocket knives
protects the knife, as well as
protects the user to hurt
Marttiini has created the suitable sheath for each knife. The sheaths are
reinforced by rivets on the edge
sheath, press-stud sticking, band round the sheath or plastic inner sleeve.
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.
Marttiini knife and penknife pass a rigid quality control to have their
blades engraved with J Marttiini, Finland.
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:
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.
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
MFK-2 W pocket knife:
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
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:
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.
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.
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
Marttiini staff is about 80 people. Marttiini is the manufacturer most
famous from Finland.
knives and penknives are also ideal as gifts.