Morakniv Stories

Royal Zorn Knives


A couple of years ago, Thomas Eriksson wrote about the famous Zorn knives, made by the mechanical genius Halvar-Anders Eriksson in around 1904. To this day, they are considered to be the most beautiful knives ever made in Mora.

In 1953, during the visit of King Gustav VI to Mora, Böhlmark & Co presented a copy of the famous Zorn knife made by the Frosts Knife Factory.

The knife was made by Oskar Frost at the Frosts Knife Factory, and he was renowned for his technical talent. The knife took five weeks to be made, with most of the time spent making the sheath. Frosts used one of the famous knives that had landed at the Zorn Museum as a model. Oskar, the maker of the knife, did everything himself except the emblem.

The upper part of the sheath wears the royal emblem in the place where the original had decoration, and the fitting is made of pure silver, while the original had iron fittings. The length of the knife is 23.5 cm, and the length of the sheath is 18 cm. The blade is made of stainless steel, and the factory’s logo is etched with an electric etching machine. The knife was presented in a box that was specially made for it.

During the royal dinner at Mora Hotel, the knife was given to the Swedish King Gustav IV. It was a special moment, and everyone present was in awe of the beautiful craftsmanship that had gone into making the knife.

However, the whereabout of the knife today is unknown. Despite efforts to locate it within The Royal Court, the organization that assists Sweden’s head of state and royal family, the knife is not in their private collection. While the knife is registered as a gift to the king and classified as private to the king, for now, the whereabouts of this masterpiece remain a mystery. Nonetheless, the story of the Zorn knife and its replica will continue to be told, as a testament to the skill and dedication of the craftsmen who made them.