Thor Bjørklund – inventor of the cheese slicer

P1290489I like cheese — especially Danish Havarti and Spanish queso manchego, made from the milk of manchega sheep.  For snacking, cooking and melting, its hard to beat the  Extra Sharp Cheddar from the farmer-owned, Oregon-based Tilamook, which we usually have on hand.

I’ve sliced plenty of cheese over the years, but never gave much thought to the tool that I use to slice my cheese.  Well… at least not until I found the Bjørklund cheese slicers from Norway.

Before I listed these on my Etsy Store, the research — as it often does — revealed interesting information.

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It turns out that the inventor of the modern cheese slicer was a Norwegian man named Thor Bjørklund.  Yes, the same name that is on this cheese slicer.

Mr. Bjørklunde was a master carpenter and attended the Arts and Crafts School in Oslo, Norway.  He reportedly created the design after becoming frustrated with cutting into the cheese in his lunch pack.

Being a carpenter, he modeled his cheese slicer after a  plane – a tool used to shape and smooth out pieces of lumber.

“Ostehovel” Image via Wikipedia Commons

Bjorklund’s invention was patented in 1925.  The cheese slicer was a huge export product for Norway and  became a staple kitchen item in many Nordic households (and beyond!).

These days, cheese slicers are made by a number of manufacturers, but you can still purchase the original ones made by Bjørklund — because they continue to produce cheese slicers modeled after the one invented by Mr. Thor Bjorklund.

Ah yes… the things you learn when you have a blog AND an Etsy Vintage Shop!

Here is a link to the Etsy Listing for the Bjorklund Cheese Slicer (or click on the Etsy post image below).

Etsy Listing


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Update — I’ve also listed another cheese slicer on the store, this one designed by Swedish master jeweler and silversmith Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe for Dansk.

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You can click on the photo to see the listing for this Dansk cheese slicer on my Estsy shop.

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