When a website survives day-to-day changes on the Darknet for two or more years, it is considered a veteran, or “resilient as hell”, as the founder of Silkkitie market likes to say.
And indeed, Silkkitie market has been around since 2013 which is a great success for a dark web marketplace.
The once strictly Finnish market has taken a new name, Valhalla, as of 2015, and opened its gates to the international consumer market – catering to their needs for drugs and other ‘exotic’ products.
It has a simple design, it’s easy to use, and boasts of world-class security for its users.
It’s stable and has had little downtime since it started.
Silkkitie’s first steps
According to its admin Kapteeni, it all started due to the strict Finnish customs.
Apparently, with the increasing number of darknet shipments from other countries, the authorities became more suspicious and aware of the shady goings on in Finland.
It became difficult for Finnish users to obtain drugs.
Another reason for starting Silkkitie was “the poor state of street markets”, according to Kapteeni.
Apparently, Finnish people aren’t that inclined to have to deal with all sorts of people, and at the time there were a lot of crooks on the streets who couldn’t care less if they sold low quality drugs – and then there’s always the violence factor that accompanies these kinds of “businessmen”, as Kapteeni says.
The drugs obtained on the streets were often low quality products or something else entirely!
These are the two main reasons for Silkkitie to step in – ultimately to improve the general state of the Finnish drug scene.
Silkkitie goes international
2015 saw the favorite Finnish market taking its new name, Valhalla, and there were several reasons for this.
First of all, it happened just after the fall of Ross Ulbricht’s Silk Road.
The admin of Silkkitie felt that the name was far too referencing of this event and of the Operation Onymous in 2014 that put a lot of other darknet markets out of business.
He was afraid that it might have a bit negative connotation.
Call it superstition if you will.
Apart from this, the admin admits that the name Silkkitie is a bit difficult to pronounce for the non-Finnish clientele, so it had to go.
Thus, Silkkitie became Valhalla – “the hall of the fallen”, a reference from the Norse mythology.
It’s an interesting story really – Valhalla is a grandiose hall in Asgard, ruled over by the god Odin.
The new market, Valhalla, is open to the international public and is in English.
The admin explained his frustration at a number of markets performing exit scams and other markets being managed by incompetent admins.
He felt that it was time to introduce some basic order into the darknet drug scene.
His solution was to offer the stability of Silkkitie to the foreign crowd.
And indeed, users around the world recognized Silkkitie, now Valhalla, as a reliable marketplace and it began expanding rapidly.
Something had to be done about this in controllable growth, otherwise it would soon become unmanageable.
So, Kapteeni made Valhalla an invite-only market with a unique twist.
You can register, but only if you have obtained an invitation.
The neat twist is that its referral system, unlike the usual markets, allows you to collect invite earnings.
How else is Silkkitie different than other marketplaces?
A few things distinguish Silkkitie from all other markets apart from its longevity.
We won’t be going into full details here, but, we’ll just mention a few.
First and probably the most important thing about this market is its admin’s resolve to keep it safe and secure for its users.
That’s why there are multiple payment options available –escrow, FE, 2FA, multisig, and forced PGP.
Former Silkkitie market also has a great little option for its users – it allows auctions, similar to eBay and Amazon on the clearnet.
It also facilitates the prices to be displayed in currency of your choice, which is refreshing to see on a darknet market.
As for the market’s future plans, the priority is to keep the market up and running while maintaining its stability and security, according to the admin.
New languages are also planned, with Norwegian being the first.
In conclusion – Silkkitie is obviously here to stay (for as long as it can, at least), and is determined to evolve with technologies offering even greater security to its user base.
It’s definitely worth a look and… oh, here’s an invite URL for those of you who have read this far: http://valhallaxmn3fydu.onion/