Morakniv Stories

The Grinders House

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Aerial photo from 1949

If only walls could speak… In this house, which in the village of Östnor was called “grinders house,” lived at the time several grinders who were attracted here from the Swedish knife mecca Eskilstuna. My grandfather, the knife manufacturer Krång-Johan Eriksson, also lived here for a while with his family around 1915-1932 and rented the cottage from his brother Krång-Erik Eriksson. My father, who was born in 1917, lived here for the first 15 years of his life.

The rent was 10 Swedish crowns. During cold winter mornings, the ice crust on the water bucket had to be knocked off before water could be used. The house seems to have been in different ownership at different times, both by the Frost and Krång families. To this day, we do not know how old the house itself is originally, but it was set up in this place to be able to accommodate labour, especially grinding-skilled staff from Eskilstuna.

 

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In the red house on the other side of Tåmåsbyvägen lived my father’s childhood friend the ski profile Nils “Mora-Nisse” Karlsson, also born in 1917.

 

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