I still have lots of photos from the Iceland and the Saga Museum in Reykjavik – I’m trying to break them up thematically, so today I am bringing you some photos of scissors and knives – though like my previous post, it’s a super-short post on the topic, since there weren’t many examples to photograph. I’m focusing entirely on the couple pictured above, who you’ve seen from a few of the previous Saga Museum posts.
Here the female figure is wearing a pair of snips hanging from her tortoise brooches. A comment on an online forum suggested that these really low-hanging items may be somewhat impractical – while the length of the cord that holds them would make them easy to use – they would also easily get in the way while moving about… (These ones hang to about mid-thigh for example). I did end up shortening one of my hanging keys for the same reason – I found that it just got in the way in an obnoxious kind of way when I was wearing it.
These kind of snips are interesting, because they’re almost exactly the same design that you can buy today. I’ve seen the historical examples in museums, and have seen replicas from a variety of eras – a friend even got me a pair of modern ones for my costuming and sewing efforts that although made in China, look and operate the exact same way. (Check out this pair of hand-forged ones from LeatherCrafts on Etsy for a photo of a modern example.)
Next up, the male figure is wearing a knife in a pouch hung from his belt. It hangs alongside his sword which hangs from a belt-shoulder strap combination. I didn’t take a closer photo of the sword, since I can’t imagine playing a character who would carry a sword for starters, but a little knife like this seems much more practical. The molded leather case seems very appropriate for what I’ve seen other re-enactors wear/make, though of course being leather, I don’t think I’ve seen any existing examples (though I have seen metal attachments for likely leather cases which have survived).
Sagamuseum – The Saga Museum
Grandagarður, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
+354 511 1517