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Julius Pettersson Traditional Norwegian Hand Drill - 5 mm

Julius Pettersson

Julius Pettersson Traditional Norwegian Hand Drill - 5 mm


Weight: 26 g         4 reviews
These traditional Norwegian Hand Drills have been hand-crafted from start to finish by esteemed Swedish blacksmith Julius Pettersson. In Julius' homeland, these tools are known as 'Navare' - the Swedish translation of 'auger'.

A few years ago, Julius was fortunate enough to attend a bespoke smithing course based on traditional Norwegian techniques. The course was led by Johannes M. Fosse, a renowned blacksmith now well into his 80s. Johannes shared his knowledge of a special craftsman's tool known as the 'Navare'.

Common usage of the Navare, or Hand Drill, dates back to the 1800s, but they are best known for being used by Norwegian boat builders in the 1940s and '50s, helping to drill thousands of holes for the construction of wooden ships. One popular story even states that these tools were first discovered on ancient Viking ships. To keep these skills alive, Julius has now produced a unique set of hand drills based on this traditional Norwegian design.

Hand-forged from hardened, tempered steel, each drill comes with a fixed wooden handle and protective sheath, both of which have been carved by hand. Use of the drill requires little effort, as the drill bit's conical tip helps to pull the tool into the wood when turned. The drill bit's tapered shape also allows you to choose between straight or tapered holes. Overall, it is a great traditional tool for woodwork and carving projects.

  • Tapered bit
  • Weight: 26 g
  • Total length: 120 cm approx.
  • Drill diameter: 5 mm
  • Handle width: 70 mm approx.

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Product Reviews

Julius Pettersson Traditional Norwegian Hand Drill - 5 mm is rated 5/5 based on 4 customer reviews.

All of our product reviews are from customers with verified purchases.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 4

  Absaloutly fantastic tool, stays sharp and is very easy to control. As an arm chair wood worker this tool has allowed me to very easily attach legs and beaks to willow woodpeckers and oak kingfishers, make ash hinges and dowl together a yew box from the comfort of my living room. I find soft woods you can just start drilling were you want the hole but harder wood needs a small indent carved into it to keep the drill were you want it. Easily the best hand drill out there.  

27th February, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 4

  Nicely made, as you'd expect from Julius Pettersson. Works perfectly, went through 3 year seasoned Hornbeam with little effort.  

  Steve Bayley
28th March, 2016

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 4

  Works very well, very sharp, leaves a very neat finish, good service as usual  

31st May, 2012

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 4

  What an utterly superb tool! This small, light hand drill is a positive pleasure to use. It creates wonderfully clean holes in all timbers, hard and soft, from the amazingly sharp and carefully thought-out cutting teeth. The simplicity of its design means that it and its bigger brother which I also bought have a permanent place in my outdoors bag. Absolutely magnificent!  

  Richard Tiley
12th November, 2011

Rated: 5/5

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