During the 1870s several knifemakers began to manufacture barrelknives in Eskilstuna, Sweden. At least a dozen knifemakers raised this production. The barrelknife can be said to be an intermediate between a hunting knife and a pocket knife. Even small miniatures were made. The craft was done by hand and with simple tools, however, the workers managed to make knives that were virtually impossible to tear out. The blade can be folded together and locked into the shaft, which was often done in a curly birch. In Sweden, it is believed that there were Swedish emigrants who introduced the barrelknives into the US, the knife would be a major export success when several thousand knives came to cross the Atlantic to the US. Today, the barrelknife is quite unknown in Sweden since the majority of barrelknives were exported to the US and various countries in Europe.
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