The Fällkniven family goes back to their roots and invests in the future at the same time. In Myrträsk there is room for both inspiration and influencers.
In bad weather, Ann-Sofie Hjortberger used to stop here in her childhood and warm herself while waiting for the school bus. She grew up right here in the area, so when the family business Fällkniven bought the farm in Myrträsk outside Gunnarsbyn in 2014, they brought with them a piece of the family’s history. Today, Ann-Sofie offers coffee and liver pate sandwiches by the fireplace.
On strong quad bikes, her husband Peter (69) and son Erik Hjortberger (41) easily get out into the woods where the family has been hunting, fishing and working for a long time. This is where new knife ideas are awakened, developed and physically tested in their proper element. Right now, a couple of new models are being tested that will eventually hit the market. This autumn, four new steels will also be developed in collaboration with Luleå University of Technology, something which, according to Peter, could revolutionize the knife world.
This summer, Fällkniven has published a book, Knivens ABC, which will be course literature on the farm.
– Here we can offer a nature that is both beautiful and inhospitable. If you have the right stuff, there are no problems. But you survive not only because you have a survival knife on your belt, but you also need the right knowledge, says Peter.
The old house has been renovated and a garage with a relaxation area and machine hall has been built. The wounds after the burglary just over a year ago have begun to heal and you are starting to be on the track again, now with full security and surveillance.
Last winter, a bunch of YouTubers from Holland came here and both enjoyed and were challenged by the nature of Norrbotten.
– They were absolutely thrilled by the incredible amount of snow. They drove snowmobiles every day and everything we put in their hands appealed to them. Then they sat here in the scandinavian hot tub while the northern lights swept across the starry sky, says Peter.
The visit resulted in two humorous films about knives and survival in the Arctic winter. And it all started with a spontaneous offer from Erik on social media.
Erik is the CEO and stands for the future of the company, when Peter and Ann-Sofie have started to step down.
– As a father, I am terribly happy that Erik is taking over the business, says Peter.
He started the company in 1984 and has successfully made Fällkniven Sweden’s leading knife specialist who delivers 35,000-40,000 knives to all corners of the world every year. The vision is the same, now as then; Strong, sharp and comfortable knives in laminated special steel.
The fact that Fällkniven is located in Boden and nowhere else, Peter sees as an advantage when competing on the world market.
– We have a very good location, we are perceived as quite exotic, we are located in the outer edge of the outer edge. More small businesses should take advantage of that, he says.
The nature of Norrbotten is also highlighted in the profile of the company, on the website and in social media.
With production in Japan and sales worldwide, the company has become an expert in import, export, customs and international trade.
– We could produce more than just the knife arm, these are knives we are best at, says Erik.
On a trip down to the river, Erik takes out the large survival knife A1 and shows how it can be used to cut sly.
– If I were to join Robinson and only had to choose one knife, I would take this one. But if you want a slightly more flexible knife for fishing and outdoor life, you can choose S1 Pro or F1 Pro, he says.
F1 is the Fällkniven’s best-selling knife, the first that Peter developed. It happens that young men come in to sharpen knives they inherited from their fathers.
– This is a knife you have for life. It’s sustainability, says Peter.