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Cretan Knives

Cretan Knives

Traditional Cretan knives have always been a big part of the Cretan culture and are considered exceptionally unique souvenirs to take back home with you.

The Cretan knife, much like the Cretan sariki, was the inseparable companion of every Cretan for centuries. As well as gracing their person in daily life on the island, it accompanied the men of Crete wherever they went, either as travelers or as immigrants, but also as soldiers to proudly defend their island and the lands and peoples of Greece .

Cretan knives have great sentimental value, both for the owner and as a matter of family pride when it comes to ancestral Cretan daggers. They are considered symbols of Cretan gallantry and honor, and represent the spirit of freedom and Crete's resistance against any conqueror.

Looking for Cretan knives for sale? Explore our wide range of options to find the one best suited to your desires, from simple ones made for everyday use and special ones by hunters or in woodcarving, to valuable exquisite works of folk art, perfect for Cretan traditional costumes.

All Cretan knives we offer are handmade with stainless steel blade and there is a selection of handles to choose from, such as olive wood or tortoise shell. A mantinada of your choice can be engraved on the blade, which usually expresses the feelings of the person giving the gift.

The traditional Cretan knife is a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones, since offering a knife from Crete as gift is considered to be a symbol of everlasting friendship.