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The history of the KONGSBERG logo

The KONGSBERG crown is one of the world's most enduring brand logos, having existed without significant modification since the early 19th century.

Its very first appearance is unknown, but some cutlasses dating back to the years 1818 to 1820 carry the 'crowned K', although this appears to have been inconsistent, with other swords and contemporary guns either having no branding, or the stamp 'Kongsberg VF'. From 1824 onwards the crown appears with more consistency on swords, although it was still missing from some of the firm's key gun models, such as the so-called Kongsberg Rifle. The 'flankør' pistol from 1831, however, clearly carries the logo.

The origin of our brand is perhaps easier to track than its early appearances. The K refers to Kongsberg, while the crown is a symbol that the company was a national defence business, producing weapons with royal approval. The popular Norwegian and Swedish monarch Charles XIV John (1818 to 1844) also exerted an influence on the brand, as he was known as Karl (K) Johan in Norwegian. The officers of both nations' armies swore their loyalty to him and in this way the crowned K is a clear acknowledgement of both his position and his soldiers' deference to him.