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Gustafsson & Sjögren Damascus Vile Watch & Oden Knife Set

Gustafsson & Sjögren Damascus Vile Watch & Oden Knife Set Watch Releases

This is the set that should have been for a while now. Swedish watch maker Gustafsson & Sjögren (GoS) will soon release this limited edition watch and knife set. Johan Gustafsson is actually a bladesmith who specializes in creating beautiful Damascus steel. His work has been transformed into watch cases and dial in the GoS brand, but now you can get one of their watches and knives together in a beautiful set.

Artisan type work with this aesthetic is either something you love or hate. You can’t deny the incredible level of detail and work that goes into creating the complex patterns of this type of folded and then blacksmithed metal. What I really like is that between the knife and watch you get a range of different Damascus steel styles and patterns. The set really does include a large range of GoS’s capabilities. Plus, given the nature of Damascus steel, no two pieces of metal look exactly the same.

Gustafsson & Sjögren Damascus Vile Watch & Oden Knife Set Watch Releases

Gustafsson & Sjögren Damascus Vile Watch & Oden Knife Set Watch Releases

The watch has a rather funny name and is called the GoS Vile. Yea, don’t ask why – must be a Swedish thing. I don’t think they are going for the English meaning of vile. The knife on the other hand is the Oden. So this is the Vile & Oden watch and knife limited edition set. Actually, according to Nordic mythology Vile and Oden where gods and brothers. The Vile watch (heehee) is 42mm wide in steel. The dial, crown, and lug screws are in Damascus steel. Inside the watch is a Swiss ETA Unitas 6498-1 manually wound movement. While different in style, the GoS Lapland Sky watch that I reviewed here has more pertinent details on what the watch itself is like. Different for the Vile is the dial design, the case style, and the reindeer strap stitching decor. I really think all watches should have Damascus steel crowns – they are beautiful and feel so good when polished up.

Gustafsson & Sjögren Damascus Vile Watch & Oden Knife Set Watch Releases

While not much of a knife collector (though I love a good knife), I know a lot my readers are. I learned this a few years ago and I think it makes sense that if you are into watches, chances are you also like knives, guns, planes, cars, gadgets, etc… The Oden knife is a standard folding-blade style piece completely done in Damascus steel. You can see that the blade and handle parts are all done using different styles of Damascus steel. I think it is really neat looking. Damascus steel belt sheath maybe? We will see.

GoS will produce just 5 sets of the Vile & Oden watches. Each will come in a special Swedish box made by Sture Nyberg. Price per a set will be about $20,000 each.


Tech specs from GoS:

Watch – GoS Vile

Case: Stainless steel 42mmx10mm

Lug width: 22mm

Glass: Flat sapphire glass with anti reflection treatment

Movement: Swiss manual ETA 6498

Movement refinement: Refinished and improved by the Swiss company Soprod.

Dial: Hand-forged damascus steel

Index ring/rehaut: Hand-shaped and polished grade 5 titanium

Hands: Polished silver finish

Crown: 8mm in fine-grained Damascus stainless steel

Case finishing: All high-gloss polished with Gustafsson & Sjögren logo on case side.

Strap: Handcrafted in black reindeer leather with traditional Sami tin-thread decorations

Knife – GoS Oden

Blade size: 150 mm, 4.49 inches

Style:Mosaic Damascus folder

Blade thickness: 3 mm, 0.12 inches

Total size: 250 mm, 9.75 inches

Blade: Flower Damascus and explosion

Bolsters: Flower Damascus

Handle: Nordic fossilized coral

Liners: File-worked grade 5 titanium

Presentation Box Watch and Knife set

Individually crafted box in svepask technique of birch wood colored with natural pigments mized in linseed oil covered with high grade natural wax and polished to a deep finish

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  • winterwold

    In Norse mythology “Vile” is a brother of Oden and is not pronounced like the English word vile. Interestingly that they have another brother “Ve” so maybe GoS will release another set dedicated to him as well.

  • Tarak

    The most important question is, can the watch be used to cut my sandwich?

    • Nick

      Unfortunately, no. The knife however can be used to tell the time.

  • Lucian

    My humble opinion is that they haven’t made the crown out of Damascus steel because this one in comparison to stainless steel requires maintenance in order not to get rust on it (like cleaning and oiling) when it gets in contact with water constantly or for a long period of time.

    • Patrik Sjögren

      The crown and lug screws are made of stainless damascus steel, so there is no maintenance required.

      • Thanks for the additional info Patrik!

  • Steve

    Well they definitely got the “vile” part right. If they are going to go with a Norse theme maybe they could have called it the Loki (he was a trickster afterall) and there is nothing funnier than charging $20,000 for an ugly watch with a off-the-shelf movement.

    But wait there’s more if you buy this watch you get an equally hideous knife. How much would you expect to pay for this set? Would you pay $2000? No. $1000? No. $500? No again. In fact the actual cost is 20,000. Remember supplies are limited and we probably won’t sell any.

    • pilus

      don’t be a bigot, some people like damascusian blade, knife, steel …
      and some people might even like this product ….

  • MichaelG

    I’ll take the box and the strap. Whoever wants the rest is welcome.

  • kris.c

    Yeesh. At $20k, I think these lads should have done some market research and put down the brannvin before getting out the pricing gun.

    IN think the steel work is immaculate and beautiful, but I wouldn’t consider for a second paying that much for a steel 649x product. Completely nonsensical. Even at an LE of 5 units.

    I really want that knife though. Fossilized coral? Awesome.

  • George

    Lucian – there are types of stainless damascus which might have been utilizes for the crown instead of carbon steel.

    I like damascus and appreciate the skill that a blacksmith must have to manipulate the patterns, but 20K does seem a bit steep.

  • Ulysses

    I love Damascus steel when it’s properly used. The watch isn’t quite as appealing as the knife, but the price is way over the top. If you check out various knife-making forums you’ll see one-of-a-kind works of art that are far better value.

  • Jim C.

    That is a gorgeous set – great review, too!