Translation:I do not want to live without my cheese slicer.
My girlfriend managed to go 3 days without hers, once. First trip to the US. She was more or less okay substituting Greek yogurt and kefir for fil, but Iike many Swedes, she needed to hyvlar ost många gånger om dagen, ofta. And she couldn't stand my roller and wire type slicer. So I had to go hyvel hunting. Hooray for Bed Bath & Beyond.
Fil (or 'filmjölk'), btw, is to dairy products what surströmming is to actual food. Why they bother stamping expiration dates on these things is a mystery of the Universe.
We call it a "cheese knife." (DuoLingo likes the term "cheese slicer," but nobody says that where I live in the U.S.)
And before someone schools me, we know that it's not shaped like a table knife. We know what a cheese knife looks like, and yes the term can also be applied to a dull little knife that we use to serve and spread soft cheese, but we usually call that a "spreader."
Oh, I know they are different, it's just that we don't care which one we are talking about, I guess.
We have the Swedish kind, and then we have this thing that looks like a metal slingshot with a wire across it (never saw the appeal of that one), and we have ordinary knives if you want to cut a thick piece or a chunk.
So what is an ostkniv? I think you're going to tell me it is equally special and you can't live without that either, lol.
Osthyvel. I have one of those. Blade with a spatula that holds the cheese after you cut it. Very nice. We call it a cheese knife.
Ostkniv. I don't have one but lots of people here do. Knife with prongs to pick up the cheese after you cut it. We call that a cheese knife.
Ostkniv. A knife with a wide blade that you can use to serve a piece of cheese after you cut it. We call that a cheese knife.
I did a little checking around and discovered that that is just the tip of the iceberg!
MY GOODNESS you Swedes have a wide variety of osthyvlar! And even more kinds of ostknivar! Every shape and size and design. And then you have a whole variety of cheese-cutting contraptions....a wire with metal handles, a thing you clamp to the table, rollers and spikes and wires and blades....and a "Danish cheese knife" that looks like a weird pen and doesn't appear to be capable of cutting anything. Wow! I had no idea!
True, it is a different shape from a knife, but it does have a blade and it cuts cheese, so I will continue to call it a cheese knife. I hardly ever need to use mine, so that's probably one reason I don't really care what I call it. But thanks for the info. Now I'll know what the occasional foodie is talking about if it ever comes up. ;)