In Östnor, the knife tradition has existed for over a hundred years. Once upon a time, knife making flourished in every man's home and the craft has been passed down from generation to generation.
Today it is gathered under one roof and no matter who you talk to in the factory there is a family history that tells exciting knife edges.
We have the same manufacturing mindset now as then, that is, to transfer the precision of craftsmanship to modern machines with rational methods. The difference is that technological development has moved forward.
An important part of our success is a close collaboration with professionals. In the dialogue, we capture ideas that we transform into market-leading concepts.
Mora of Sweden was formed in 2005 in the merger of Frosts Knivfabrik and KJ Eriksson. The name shows the significant connection between our products, the town of Mora and the Swedish origin. The company is still family-owned and includes the manufacture of knives and ice drills that are delivered to all parts of the world.
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In the villages north of Mora, the land was rarely suitable for farming. On the other hand, there was plenty of raw material at the same time as the art of making iron and processing metals existed in the area since ancient times.
One of these villages was Östnor where large parts rested on fine sand. The villagers learned over time to make use of the sand. It proved to be excellent as foundry sand and watch parts, buckles, taps and other products were cast, mainly in brass.
In Östnor's neighboring village of Öna, Bud-Carl Andersson had started manufacturing wooden sledges in the late 1880s. A new factory building was erected around 1890 at Badstubacken opposite the old fire station. The iron-shod ends of the timber sledges were made of hard birch, and there were many small pieces of wood left over, which Carl found suitable as knife handles. He already had a forge and he had been making knives for his own use since the beginning, so the consequence was, for today's observer, pretty obvious. In Sweden's Trade Calendar Carl Andersson is mentioned as early as 1890 under "knife factories".
In addition to housewares and parish crafts, there was the saluslöjd, which was aimed at being sold outside of Dalarna. Through sales trips, which were made from the 16th century until the beginning of the 20th century, the craftsmen came into contact with other regions and traditions, which stimulated enterprise and innovative thinking.
It was here that Frost-Erik Ersson returned in 1891, after four years as a logger in North America. Home to the village of Östnor in Mora to start Frost's knife factory. In 1912 Eriksson & Mattsson's Knife Factory was founded by the entrepreneurs Krång-Johan Eriksson and Lok-Anders Mattsson. The company that would eventually develop into KJ Eriksson AB. In 2005, KJ Eriksson AB acquired Frosts Knivfabrik and the company changed its name to Mora of Sweden AB.