If you enter a big Swedish country house or old Stockholm apartment from the 1800s and look closely at the fireplace doors, chances are that you will see the name Gustav Eriksson engraved. He was a smith apprentice from Lerdala in western Sweden practising at a forge in Eskilstuna, and his work was so outstanding that he ended up travelling the length of the country selling his wares. Eriksson founded Gense in 1856, initially working with brass as well as nickel silver, producing everything from trays and valves to safety deposit boxes. Decades later, under the helm of Lars Hedlund, investments into machinery for cutlery production were made and the seed was sown for what was to become one of the largest manufacturers of cutlery in the Nordics.