Knife like a gem. Marttiini Ice Crystal Damascus is a combination of beauty and functionality. The model is based on the legendary Lynx yet updated with a new color and blade design.
Like the Northern snowflakes, the Marttiini Ice Crystal knives look alike from afar.
But thanks to the beautiful curly birch and skillfully worked Damascus blade, each knife is unique.
Damascus steel is produced by combining two different types of steel in thin layers. The blade has 120 layers, which have been molten together under extreme pressure in a high temperature. The result is a beautifully patterned, stainless and very hard (HRC 60) blade, which remains sharp for long.
The traditional material used for Finnish knife handles is curly birch. The material comes from the curly birch belt in Central Finland. The blaze-patterned curly birch is an excellent fit as a material for a knife handle, because it's durable and fair. This beautifully patterned curly birch is available on the market in limited amounts, which makes the price notably higher than regular birch.
The leather sheaths of Marttiini knives are made with either vegetable or chrome tanned oxhide. The leather hides are purchased from both Europe and South America. The sheaths are made with both dyed and natural colored leather.
The knife sheaths are still made mostly by hand. Each sheath has to be exactly the right size and shape, so it forms a fitting pair with the knife. A section of the leather is cut with a model iron, and the seams are attached with glue before sewing. Most sheaths have a plastic piece inside that supports the sheath and protects the blade.
The printing on the sheath is made on either the cut section or the finished sheath. Rivets, and in some cases a bronze collar, strengthen and adorn the sheath.