The name “Silva”, meaning forest, was an apt title for this wilderness navigation instrument. In the beginning, the growing sport of orienteering helped to increase compass sales and vice versa – the introduction of the Silva system compass helped to promote the sport. The Kjellström brothers realized this and energetically helped to promote the sport; but, they also understood that the largest sector of the compass market was the sales to outdoor people – hunters, scouts, and other professionals. They soon started to widen the product program to suit all needs.
Since 1946, Silva brand compasses have been distributed throughout the United States. Our compass designs range from models for the beginner right up to those for the outdoor professional.