Olamic Cutlery is the company name for a small group of artisan knife makers hand-crafting knives from start to finish. They are located in the Northwest region of Russia called Karelia. A nexus for Russian knives.
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OLAMIC CUTLERY: Hand Crafted Regional Knives
The genesis of World Knives was a simple idea: to showcase interesting and unusual knives produced overseas reflecting the culture and materials native to that particular region. We wanted to offer a place where a customer could experience knives that were different than the several manufactured lines you might see at the local hardware store.
As our company has grown we have expanded our selection to include a large number of manufacturers worldwide. But the original concept of hand crafted regional knives is where our heart lies. No other company could better represent this concept upon which World Knives was built than Olamic Cutlery.
The Origins of OLAMIC CUTLERY:
Olamic Cutlery is a young company. But it's roots are sunk deep into the old ways of the region using local materials and time tested techniques to make these special knives.
Founder, Eugene Solomonik, is involved in all aspects of the company. Here are some comments he has about the origin of Olamic Cutlery.
"I started Olamic Cutley along with my father on November 10, 2010. That,s my parents in the picture above. My family has a long history of outdoor adventures. By age ten I was navigating rapids, fishing, and surviving in Russia's wild Northwestern region, Karelia. For a few weeks out of the year, those rivers, lakes, and forests were my home.
Now that same region provides us with Birch wood and Vanadium steel. What shaped me into who I am today, now helps shape our knives and that just makes it all that much sweeter. In a way part of me goes into every knife. The word "Olamic" literally means "everlasting" and that is exactly what we're after."
Solomonik goes onto say:
"My fondest memories are of Karelia, Russia's most Northwestern region its lakes, rivers, and forests were my home for two to four weeks every summer. I've crossed rivers, kayaked, navigated rapids, fished for pike, started fires, built tents, witnessed polar days, picked berries, and learned basic survival skills. Something, somewhere always needed cutting: it didn't take long for me to learn how to appreciate a good knife."
"We moved to California since then and a few years back made a similar camping trip to Alaska. Many of my early outdoor memories came back, including the appreciation for good blades. And so last year we started a brand of our own knives. Our facility is located in the historic epicenter of Russias metalworking industry and employs 6 workers who, combined, have nearly 100 years of experience!
OLAMIC CUTLERY: How The Knives Are Made
"Every knife is made by three different people: one to forge it, another to shape/finish the blade, and a third to create the handle. We aim to maintain a Russian feel to the knives by using handle materials such as young Karelian Birch and utilizing only proven Russian steels."
The construction method used for making any knife is foundational for it's endurance and longevity. Every region that is know for its knife-making uses construction techniques that are different. Solomonik shares the following about how Olamic knives are made:
"We've worked hard to perfect our Damascus recipe and learned that it cannot be done by machine. It requires the skill of a veteran artisan, fire, steel, a hammer and lots of time.
The knives are forged and shaped by hand with meticulous attention to detail and a deeply-rooted respect for the metallurgic art. To us, there is no other way. After all, a blade makes the knife, but a man makes the blade.
Our workshop thrives on specialization. The creation of a knife is split into logical stages, each conducted by a specialist. Workers are trained in their respective areas: blade forging and shaping; heat-treatment and acid etching; final assembly and handle-work. This method ensures quality at every level and makes for impeccable fit and finish. We aim to create truly stunning pieces suitable for use or display."
The Steel used by OLAMIC CUTLERY
It has been said that the heart of any good knife is the steel. If this is true than Olamics heart is a strong one. This from Eugene Solomonik:
"For centuries, craftsmen, blacksmiths, and even scholars attempted to unlock the secret behind Damascus steel. It took John Verhoeven, a Materials Science Professor and Alfred Pendray, a master bladesmith to figure out exactly what made Damascus steel so legendary (Scientific American, Vol. 284, 2001).
The secret turned out to be banded iron carbide particles. On a molecular level the steel must contain an impurity: Vanadium or Molybdenum. Small traces of these elements in high-carbon Damascus produce impeccable carbide bonds. The result is a hard cutting edge and rugged flexibility.
The chemical composition of our Damascus features both elements, making for a superior and historically accurate blade. After acid etching, a beautiful damascene pattern is uncovered, adding that final touch to every knife."
OLAMIC CUTLERY Warranty and Care Information
"Most warranty statements are wordy explanations that require a Master's degree to decipher. Ours is one word: LIFETIME!
Your knife is covered for as it exists. The certificate included with every Olamic knife is proof of purchase and it is completely transferable.
We mostly use Carbon steels and they are NOT stainless. The knives could rust if not cared for properly. Please wash and oil your knife after every use and avoid storing it inside its sheath as it can gather moisture."
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