Olav Mortensen was born in Drangedal, Telemark, Norway, and now lives in Skien, Norway. He has taught knifemaking in Norway and Denmark and at Vesterheim. He has judged knife competitions, demonstrated knifemaking in many countries, and written articles for Knivebladet, the Norwegian knifemaking magazine. Olav is a master knifemaker, specializing in the Telemark style. Olav is a specialist in clinical psychology by occupation and has taught psychology at various colleges and communities in Norway.