In 2011, Swedish watch maker GoS presented a new concept with a matched set with a GoS watch and knife. The watch and knife share a new damascus steel pattern that has been invented and developed by the master bladesmith Johan Gustafsson. The knife and watch are named Oden and Vile, after two brothers in Nordic mythology.
The Vile watch case has lug screws in damascus steel that match the GoS trademark oversized damascus steel crown. Prehistoric Baltic coral has similar patterns to the new damascus steel pattern and was the material that Johan choose for the knife handle.The newly developed pattern is named as wildflower, which characteristics is especially prominent in the watch dial.
The GoS watch and knife set with Vile and Oden will be produced on order and limited to 5pcs. Some customization, e.g. applying Johan’s skills in steel coloring to the damascus steel parts will also be possible.
The Vile watch and Oden knife is the first watch and knife pair to be delivered in the new GoS Watch & Knife set presentation box. The boxes are individually crafted by Sture Nyberg, a local woodcraft artisan who is well known for his work which he regularly exhibit. The box is crafted in an ancient technique called “svepask” in Swedish and is so specific to the Baltic region that it does not have an English name. The material is thin birch wood that is moisturized and bent over a round template. Birch root is then used to lock the shape with a seam. The box receives a darker tone by adding color pigments to linseed oil. An additional wax coating is then added after the oil has dried. The wax is then polished to a deep finish after being left to harden for a week.
Gustafsson & Sjögren will continue to present new watch and knife combinations, which will then be available and produced on order. It is also possible to order customized sets in the same manner as GoS provide custom watches.