Scandinavian Hand Tools with Kim Malmberg




Kim Malmberg

Ekenäs, Finland

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The name's Kim. The picture will reveal my gender, but if you had though otherwise, you are not alone. Where I come from most Kim's are male.

I'm Finnish by nationality, but my own language is Swedish, which makes me a Swedish speaking Finn. If you're interested in my minority you can read more about us on In short, I am born and raised in Finland by parents born and raised in Finland, but we just happen to speak Swedish as our first language.

I'm a journalist, married and the father of two. I got interested in woodworking about three years ago - out of necessity. My family hired a summer place in a secluded place without electricity.
I think my first vintage acquisition was a bit brace and a few auger bits. Since then it's gone from bad to worse. But I do think I have always been latently inclined towards hand tools. When I was a child I used to borrow my dad's and uncles's tools - even the better ones that they tried hard to stash away. I sometimes wonder how many Sandvik's I wrecked in those days. As much as I'd love to call myself a woodworker, the truth is that I'm not. I love using hand tools and I do it on a daily basis. But my work is crude, my joints are ugly and making anything more complex makes my head ache.

I have realized that I am better at cleaning and renovating hand tools. And I enjoy writing about them. I also really do not want to use the term collector. Yes, I have fetishes and I do own too many tools, most of which I regularly post images of on my Flickr account. But since I am curious by nature and have developed an expensive taste, I am constantly seeking for tools to practice my skills on. Hand saws are my fetish, but give me a nice bit brace or a hand drill, and I'll stay happy for the rest of the day.

My main aim however is to research and write about the Scandinavian tool makers, which are far more than the handful of brands known to an international audience. The first goal was to document the Sandvik production of hadsaws, but I have since gotten more and more involved in a broad range of companies, including the E.A. Berg Mfg Co as well several smaller and equally good makers of hand tools.

If you know more about Scandinavian hand tools in general, have access to hard facts such as trade catalogues concerning Scandinavian tool makers, I'd love to hear from you.



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