I like chisels made from Swedish steel. I come across Berg, Jernbolaget, and Beaver chisels frequently at local garage sales and have a nice mixed set that are my favorite users. All were manufactured in Ekilstuna, Sweden … the Swedish equivalent of Sheffield when it comes to steel tools and utensils.
Once I started looking into it, I found that there were many brands of chisels made from Swedish steel so I started compiling a list of them. The list is getting quite long now as you can see below. Now I enjoy spending spending some time gathering information and photos on these brands. It’s interesting to see who made what, but also very challenging. For me there are still way more questions than answers.
If you have information or good photos of these chisel brands (particularly decals, logos, and stamped brand and trademark info), please feel free to pass it on to me.
|Anchor and Fish||Sweden|
|Anchorworks||Eskilstuna||Made by Jernbolaget|
|ASAB||Eskilstuna||Sold by Adolph Ståhls AB.|
|A.E. Berg||Eskilstuna||Also made Shark Brand and Shark-O-Lite|
|Carl Kämmerling or Kammerling||Sweden||See CK brand|
|Carpenter Brand||Eskilstuna||Sold by General Tools|
|CK||Sweden||Sold By Carl Kämmerling or Kammerling|
|Crown, Arm, and Hammer||Eskilstuna||Made by Ståhlberg, L.F. & Co.|
|DEJO||Stockholm||See Stockholm brand|
|Eskilstunasteel||Torshälla||Made Eskilstunasteel Garanti, Esteel and Gensco|
|Eskilstunasteel Garanti||Torshälla||Made by Eskilstunasteel|
|Esteel||Torshälla||Made by Eskilstunasteel|
|Fish and Diamond||Sweden|
|Frinab||Sweden||Sold by Frick and Nilsson AB of Göteborg|
|General||Eskilstuna||See Carpenter Brand. Sold by General Tools.|
|Gensco||Torshälla||Made by Eskilstunasteel|
|Gold Seal||Lidköping||Made by Wallins-Scandia|
|Hackman||Finland||See also Sorsakoski|
|JNIJ||Netherlands||See also Nooitgedagt|
|K.C. Seelbach||See Seel Brand|
|Krona||Sweden||Possibly made by Wallins|
|La Perdiz||Eskilstuna||Made by Berg|
|B. & O. Liberg||Rosenfors, Eskilstuna|
|Nooitgedagt||Netherlands||See also JNIJ|
|OK.||Sweden||OK followed by a “period”.|
|Scandia||Made by Wallins|
|Seel Brand||Sold by K.C. Seelbach|
|Shark Brand||Eskilstuna||Made by E.A. Berg|
|Shark-O-Lite||Eskilstuna||Made by E.A. Berg|
|Solliden||See also Waern|
|Sorsakoski||Finland||See also Hackman|
|Stahl||Sold the ASAB brand|
|Ståhlberg or Stahlberg||Eskilstuna||Made the Crown, Arm, and Hammer brand|
|STC or S.T.C.||Sweden|
|G. P. Stenlund||Sweden||Made for G. P. Stenlund in Växjö|
|Stiletto||Eskilstuna||Made by Jernbolaget|
|Stockholm||Sweden||See also DEJO brand|
|Suicide||Eskilstuna||Made by Jernbolaget|
|Svalling||Eskilstuna||Sold by Eric Svalling AB of Eskilstuna|
|Swedish Quality||Sweden||Distributed by Beijers. Includes Toledo, Kronan, and Hellstedt brands.|
|Vaco||Eskilstuna||Made by Jernbolaget|
|Viking||Sweden||Made by Ståhlberg or Stahlberg|
|Waern||Sweden||See also Solliden|
|Wallins||Lidköping||See also Scandia and Wallin|
|Edward Zinn||Eskilstuna||Made by E.A. Berg|
June 19, 2014 Update:
I continue to be surprised at the number of brands of Swedish chisels. I’m also still mystified about who manufactured many, if not most, of the brands and by the scarcity of information on this topic. I would love to hear from anyone who can provide some sound documented information on this.
I added another 13 brands of Swedish chisels to list above today. I’ve come across most of these new (to me) brands during the past 10 months and decided it was time to post an update. A couple of the brands, Gensco and Shark-O-Lite, were known earlier, but accidentally omitted from previous posts.
Anchor Works (Jernbolaget)
Gensco (Eskilstuna Steel)
Krona (not to be confused with Kronan)
OK. (with a period after “OK” ) 🙂
Seel Brand (K.C. Seelbach)
*Thanks to my friend and fellow Swedish chisel fan, Randall Nelson, for bringing the Agersta, Krona, and Svea brands to my attention.
August 15, 2013 Update:
I added 5 new-found Swedish chisel brands to the list above and made a new post about them. Here’s a brief summary.
Castor Chisels – Eskilstuna, Sweden
General Tools (Capenter Brand) – Eskilstuna, Sweden
Homestrand – Made in Sweden
Swallow Brand – Eskilstuna, Sweden
Torshälla Smide – Torshälla, Eskilstuna Province, Sweden
I also discovered a photo of a Waern chisel with a plastic handle that had the Sollidan name and logo on it. The Waern stamp on the blade and the Solliden logo suggests some sort of relationship between the two, but I’m not clear on the specifics.