Smithy

Hanhiniitty Smithy

Welcome to Hanhiniitty Smithy, to the island village of Niinisaari. I am the village blacksmith Martti.

I’ve been forging knives and other products since 1988 and, since the 1990s, I’ve been running forging courses alongside teaching at the Kuru Institute of Forestry. I moved to Niinisaari with my family in 2005 and started working as a full-time blacksmith in my own workshop. I make all kinds of forged products at my workshop year round – always respecting traditions and quality. My product portfolio includes knives, axes, chef’s knives, chisels and various other forging work. More than a half of my customers are from abroad.

Being a blacksmith is both an occupation and hobby for me. In this work, I never stop learning – I can improve your skills indefinitely. In addition to forging, I’m fascinated by blacksmith traditions and the forging culture. I’ve sought inspiration for my forged products from ancient forged pieces. I want to be a part of keeping the blacksmith traditions alive by running various forging exhibitions for groups and sharing my knowledge of the craft on my forging courses. I wish you a warm welcome to my workshop to learn exciting new things and to have great experiences of success – either in a group or individually. I teach in Finnish and English.

Kind regards,
Martti Malinen, blacksmith

Hanhiniitty Smithy exhibition and gallery is open in summer 2019 from 11th June to 31st August from noon to 6 pm. Mondays we are closed.
Other times open on request and when blacksmith is in his smithy.

THE HOUSE KNIFE

The house knife is a general kitchen knife. Manufactured from a single piece of metal, the knife was first made in the Bronze Age. The knives are made from carbon steel.  After use, the knife should always be rinsed with warm water and hung up to dry. This will ensure that the knife remains sharp and does not rust. Tempered carbon steel cuts well and stays sharp for a long time. If necessary, the blade can be sharpened like a sheath knife.

Price: 42€/ 47€

CHEF’S KNIFE

The Chef’s Knife is the most popular knife model of Hanhiniitty Smithy.  The blade is made from tempered carbon steel. The handle is made from oiled curly birch. The knife should be rinsed and wiped immediately after use and hung on a magnetic strip or a small hook. This will ensure the blade retains its sharpness for a long time and does not rust. Available with elegant damask steel blade.

Price: from 130  €. With damask steel blade 960€

KOIVUMÄKI SHEATH KNIFE
WITH A BIRCH BARK END

The Koivumäki knife is my best selling sheath knife. The blade is made of durable and cutting bearing steel. The handle is made from birch bark, which I collect from my own land on Niinisaari island in Puumala. It is compacted tightly, causing the layers to stick to each other without glue. The bark handle feels pleasant in the hand, which is why it is a desirable material. In addition, it does not crack or absorb water. The sheath is made of 2.5-mm bark-tanned leather.

The Koivumäki knife’s design is a traditional Finnish working knife and the oval handle gives a good hand grip. 

Price: From €210

DAMASCUS SHEATH KNIFE

Damascus sheath knife have a relatively large blade suitable for whittling and also for hunting if necessary. I made the blade from two different types of tool steel using the traditional forge welding method.  The sheath is made of 2.5-mm bark-tanned leather. For Damascus sheath knives, I always select the best leather from the neck and back of the hide. At the customer’s request, I made an inlay in the end bearing the initials of the recipient. The sheath knife that I have manufactured is a traditional Finnish utility item, and I hope the owner often carries it with them.

Price: from 420€

WILDLIFE HATCHET

Wildlife hatchet is one of the most popular products of the smithy. This outdoor axe is a traditional scouting and camping axe. Practical for carrying in your rucksack when you need a small axe with plenty of power. The axe is capable of lopping off quite large branches or splitting small logs for the campfire. The shape of the sheath, which covers the edge and the top part of the poll, stops the axe head cutting into your rucksack. Available with elegant damask steel edge 

Price: from 300€. With damask steel edge 1200€.

CARVING AXE

Carving Axe is used for woodworking and shaping wood. The axe has been developed with inspiration from old designs. The Carving Axe has a relatively long, curved cutting edge which is double-sided as standard.

Price: from 310€

In addition to making products in the forge, I aim to contribute to preserving the blacksmith’s tradition by holding various forging demonstrations. Also, if they wish, our guests have the opportunity to grab a hammer and to forge themselves a small memory of their visit.The minimum group size for workshops is 10 people. Welcome to visit!

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WORK DEMONSTRATION OF THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH

In this work demonstration the guests have an opportunity to see the blacksmith demonstrating some live forging, the traditional work of village blacksmith, and hear more of Finnish way of life and countryside family business. The work demonstration’s topic will be agreed according to the wishes of the group.

Duration:  app. 1 hour
Price: 50 €/group + 5 €/person(minimum charge is 110 € )

Avalability: all year around

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GRAB THE SMITHY’S HAMMER

In Functional village Blacksmith’s forging demonstration, the audience can also grab the hammer and forge themselves a small memory of their visit.

Duration:  app. 1 1/2 hours (for bigger groups than 10 person app. 2 hours)
Price: 100 €/ group + 5 €/person (minimum charge 170 €)

Availability: all year around

DO YOU WANT TO DO YOUR OWN KNIFE BY YOURSELF? 

I want to be a part of keeping the blacksmith traditions alive by sharing my knowledge of the craft on my forging courses. I wish you a warm welcome to my courses to learn exciting new things and to have great experiences of success – either in a group or individually. I teach in Finnish and English. Small groups and good facilities guarantee individual and intensive teaching. Courses are held in the spring and autumn.

I also teach private students or groups at my smithy. I plan the subject, duration and teaching of the course together with the customer according to their needs and wishes. Ask more: martti@hanhiniitty.fi

Upcoming courses:

2019
Finnish knife/Puukko course 14. – 17.11.2019
Chef´s knife course 6. – 8.12.2019

2020

Finnish knife/Puukko course 13. – 16.02.2020
Chef´s knife course 20. – 22.3.2020

Damask steel blade course 4. – 5. 3.2020

Read more about the courses and book yours:

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SHEATH KNIFE MAKING COURSES

You don’t have to be born a blacksmith to be able to make your own knife. Come and learn knife making with an experienced blacksmith. Enjoy four days of the magic of creation and craft your very own knife. The work stages consist of blade forging and heat treating, handle forming with all its fittings and making the sheath, including making your own pitch thread. The course is suitable for both beginners and more experienced hobbyists. I only take six students at a time because I want to guarantee individual teaching and provide participants with happy experiences of learning and achieving.

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DAMASK STEEL BLADE COURSE

When you want your knife to have a unique and durable blade, join my two-day long damask steel blade course. Blade laminating is an age-old way of making eye-catching blades. Successful forge welding is the beginning and end of making damask steed blades – this means plenty of challenges, sweat and even some failures before final success. The work stages include three-layer lamination, forge welding, acidification, etching and blade design. I only take six students at a time because I want to guarantee individual teaching and provide participants with happy experiences of learning and achieving.

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CHEF’S KNIFE-MAKING COURSE

A challenge of steel: Make your own chef’s knife! My chef knife course is intended for beginners, those interested in demanding craftsmanship who are not afraid to challenge their skills and creativity. This is a weekend course during which you design and make your own chef’s knife. On this course, you will learn the basics of forging and make your very own practical kitchen knife with a wooden handle – a knife that will last from generation to generation.

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TAILOR MADE PRIVATE LESSONS

Do you want to learn from an experienced blacksmith? – I give private lessons tailored to your needs.

I also teach private students or groups at my smithy. I plan the subject, duration and teaching of the course together with the customer according to their needs and wishes. Ask more: martti@hanhiniitty.fi

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THE HOUSE KNIFE COURSE

Blacksmith workshop The house knives are the most popular kitchen knives sold in the shop. They are sharp, durable, all-purpose kitchen knives made from a single piece of metal. The knives use a traditional shape dating back to the Bronze Age.
On this one-day course, you will get to make your own kitchen knife. The day includes some hard forging work, as well as annealing and sharpening of the knife. The knife is forged entirely by hand under the blacksmith’s guidance and assistance. The course is suitable for people who can handle a hammer.

Coursedays:

25.6.2019 from 9 am to 5 pm

6.8.2019 from 9 am to 5 pm

Price: 150€ (inc. teaching, materials, coffee/tee x 2 and vat) During the day there will be lunch break and we recommend you to visit on local restaurant “Niinipuu” just 400m from Blacksmith workshop.

Insurance
We will insure you for any damage caused by the organizer of the course. It is still recommended to take out your own personal accident insurance.

Registration
We will take a maximum of five participants for this course in a first come first served bases. I would ask you to register for this course through the link below or by email martti@hanhiniitty.fi. After that I will send you a bill. Having paid your course-fee you will then be committed to participate. After that you have the right to cancel your registration and be reimbursed only if a good reason is provided. Reimbursed course fees are paid after an administration fee of 40€ has been deducted.

Register here:
Courses 2019

I am glad to give any further information by e-mail martti@hanhiniitty.fi or by phone +35840 740 1831.

How the axe handle is made by Lars Larsson