INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Insider’s Guide to MARTTIINI Finnish products.
What is Finland famous for?
The Moomin trolls come to mind.
Finnish chocolate by Karl Fazer is popular too.
But Finnish design is probably the most well known ‘thing’.
After all, Finland is home to Marimekko design house.
But these are the most treasured of all the traditional or famous Finnish products:
- Marttiini hand carved knives, such as the Finnish puukko
- Kuksa, carved wooden cups/drinking vessels beloved by all Finnish people for their morning coffee and camping trips to the forests
The best place to find these two treasured Finnish products is at the Marttiini shop. It’s the perfect place to pick up a gift from Finland.
Take a look inside.
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- 1 History of Marttiini Finnish Products
- 2 What you’ll find at the Marttiini store in Santa Village
- 3 Traditional Marttiini Knives
- 4 Gift Knives at Marttiini Finland
- 5 Marttiini Kitchen Knives in store
- 6 Marttiini Accessories
- 7 Moomin Souvenirs
- 8 The Inside Scoop: Marttiini Factory Outlet in Santa Claus Village
- 9 Opening hours of Marttiini Factory Store in Santa Village
- 10 How to get to Santa Claus Holiday Village
- 11 Toadstool Rating: Marttiini Rovaniemi Store, Finnish Lapland
- 12 More Things to do in Santa Village
History of Marttiini Finnish Products
The story of Marttiini knives begins in the early 1900’s when Finnish Blacksmith, Janne Marttiini and horn carver Johannes Lauri launched a knife manufacturing business in the Arctic Circle town of Rovaniemi.
In the early days, Janne Marttini sold his knives at the markets, and to locals by bike!
Their famous knives from Finland are still manufactured in Rovaniemi today, and today, there’s three Marttiini shops in the area:
- Two in Rovaniemi city, and
- one in Santa Claus Village.
Marttiini’s factory outlet is located next to Santa’s Main Post Office there.
What you’ll find at the Marttiini store in Santa Village
The most popular of all Marttiini knives are the “puukko”, the Nordic knife prized for it’s handmade craftsmanship, with a little help these days from modern technology.
A puukko knife is a beautiful thing, both to look at, and to hold and use.
They are tough and sturdy, as the nature of northern Finland demands, and sharp to the touch.
Traditional Marttiini Knives
The mainstay of Marttiini knives are the Lapp knives, the Lynx knives and the specially designed Kierinki knife made of carbon steel with a handle of birch and curly birch timber.
The Kierinki knife bears the name of Janne Marttiini’s home village.
If you are looking for a traditional Finnish gift or souvenir, these knives will be appreciated by:
- nature lovers
- fishermen, and
- outdoors types.
Most of these knives feature a stainless chrome steel blade with an etched engraving of a traditional Lappish theme. The knife sheaths also feature Lappish patterns.
Gift Knives at Marttiini Finland
There’s also a special range of gift knives that have their own stories, celebrating Finnish cultural events, and anniversaries.
Many of these knives feature a cast bronze animal head on the handle of the knife, or stylish decoration.
Everyone has their favourite:
- Wild boar
- Wood Grouse
- Deer Antler
- Witches Tooth
There’s hunting knives, folding knives, fishing knives, Army course knives and outdoorsy gear for hikers and hunters too.
Marttiini Kitchen Knives in store
Plus all the kitchen knives including:
- chef’s knife
- vegetable knife
- fillet knife
- tomato knife
- bread knife
- carving knife and fork
- paring knives, and
- peeling knives
If a knife is not on your shopping list, there’s plenty else to choose from.
- Diamond sharpening steels
- Sharpening stones
- Fire stick
- Tweezers for fish bones
- Leather sheaths
- Camping axes
- Kuksa cups
Plus a range of Moomin souvenirs including a Moomin matchbox and these handpainted Moomin figurines.
The Inside Scoop: Marttiini Factory Outlet in Santa Claus Village
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Address: Marttiini Factory Store, Santa Claus Holiday Village, Tähtikuja 96930, Rovaniemi, Finland
Telephone: +358 403 110 603
Website: Click here
Opening hours of Marttiini Factory Store in Santa Village
Every day from 10:00 – 18:00
During Christmas season, from 9am to 7pm
How to get to Santa Claus Holiday Village
Toadstool Rating: Marttiini Rovaniemi Store, Finnish Lapland
If you are looking for Finnish gifts and souvenirs, it’s worth a look.
More Things to do in Santa Village
If you’d like to know more about things to do in Rovaniemi, click the links in blue below.
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