The following episode took place sometime in the late 1980s at KJ Erikssons Knife Factory in Mora.
Just today as then, we manufactured customer-unique knives in agreement with customers around the world. But at the end of the eighties, unlike today, we had several unexplained cases of missing knives from the warehouse just before delivery.
It all culminated when a customer-unique version of the hunting knife, Hunter No. 1701, specially made for the American brand Ducks Unlimited with a duck head on the back ferrule, was missing from the warehouse. And to the annoyance of the entire production, they had to start the whole manufacturing process again with customer-unique back ferrules and new knives.
The night before the day of delivery, the packaging department was so upset that knives seemed to disappear overnight that they took matters into their own hands and filled the boxes with wooden blocks and placed them in the warehouse. The real knives were hidden elsewhere in the factory.
The next morning, as was feared, the boxes with wooden blocks were gone and the staff was then happy to get the real knives from their hiding place and complete the delivery to the American customer.
It would have been interesting to see the facial expression on the person or persons who opened the boxes and only found wooden blocks.
30 years later, these knives are highly coveted collectibles and in particular the customer-unique variant of Ducks Unlimited, which was then only delivered to the USA and sold exclusively on the North American market. If you find one in Sweden today, you can be pretty sure that it was once stolen from the KJ Eriksson’s warehouse.