Stefan Åberg lives in the northern part of Sweden and divides his time between knifemaking, hunting, fishing, and teaching knifemaking. His eventual goal is to be working full time with knives.
Stefan has been invited to exhibit his fine art knives at many knife shows – in Sweden, Germany and the US. Besides custom art knives, he also makes tactical knives for the Survival Centre of the Swedish Army.
He has been making knives since the late 1980s, and is particularly passionate about hunting and bowie knives. He forges his own damascus, and in the process of doing so, has developed his own techniques and designs. His damascus is remarkable – each piece is deeply etched for excellent contrast. For handles, Stefan particularly enjoys working with desert ironwood and mammoth ivory. Stefan advocates distal tapered blades and tangs for optimal balance.
Stefan works with both stainless and carbon steels. He hand tools his knife sheaths and their decorations. The patterns on the sheaths are hand carved and sculpted, not just stamped like most leather sheaths for Nordic hunters. Stefan is presently the only Swedish knifemaker to use this unique technique.
When not making knives, Stefan’s favorite activity is small game hunting with Irish setters in the mountains of northern Sweden. He hunts at least forty or fifty days each year and is experienced in many different kinds of hunting – during all seasons and in all weather conditions. Therefore, Stefan’s knives have been carefully developed as well as field-tested.