Frey was the god of peace in the Norse sagas, but also the god who rules over fertility and prosperity. He was king of trolls and elves, beings that until recently were an everyday part of life in the farming community. Mod. NL4 Frey is not merely a beautiful and neat knife – since the blade is in laminated VG10 steel, the knife is relatively strong, and not at all clumsy. When it comes to the Northern Light Series nothing has been spared to make the knife as strong, beautiful and comfortable as possible. The knife is a pleasure to look at and a thrill to use. The blade is made from laminated VG10 steel, where the edge is made of our now renowned VG10 steel and the sides consist of tough, all-stainless 420J2 steel. This combination is good since it brings together all conceivable and desirable properties such as resilience, resistance to torque and edge-durability in a single blade. A 5mm thick blade would be strong enough for most tasks – with laminate technology one can expect an additional 20% strength in the form of resistance to bending, as compared to an ordinary VG10 blade. The handle consists of specially selected oxhide: sadly, a material that is usually overlooked by manufacturers, but which gives a sure and rugged grip. It ages beautifully and as the years pass it acquires an attractive brown patina, and it is unaffected by oil and solvents and impervious to water. Dryness might cause small cracks on the handle but they disappear when the knife is used again.