Jens Ansø

Jens Ansø

After finishing his studies as an industrial designer in 2001 Jens Ansø set out to become a fulltime knife maker with his own brand, Ansø of Denmark. All of his designs are rooted in a profound respect and passion for the Danish design tradition; the main principles are simplicity, detail and an emphasis on function rather than shape.

Jens Ansø is well-known by knife connoisseurs all over the world. In the US his popularity has grown exponentially with quite a few knife lovers collecting his elegant and functional folding knives for years. Jens Ansø has also been designing knives for some of the world’s leading knife producers in The US, Germany, and Italy. Through this work he has explored the art of creating kitchen knives, completing three series before making his own, NJORD.

In 2019 Jens Ansø created NJORD - a series of kitchen knives combining the noble art of Japanese craft with timeless Danish design. The goal was to make functional and beautiful knives that can be used and valued equally by both professional chefs and home cooks who appreciate inspiring tools that contain profound aesthetic qualities.

”Don ́t make something unless it is both necessary and useful. If it is both necessary and useful, don ́t hesitate to make it beautiful.”