Chopping with a Leuku

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  1. GreyOne

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    I think because he was intent on showing the Leuku used as a chopper for the video. JMO.
     
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    Thanks for the vids. It looks like a nifty little tool that could get a shelter built pretty easily. I need to get myself a good Leuku one of these days.
     
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    It is a serious woods tool, with a design honed from generations of users. :)

    I am still learning to use mine, after 4 years.
     
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    Thanks GreyOne. Now i REALLY want one :\
    What an impressive tool.
     
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    Do these have rat tail tangs?
     
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    Stick tang, full length, is the standard construction. There are some recent full tang designs being made, but the Sami seem to do quite well with the original style.
     
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    I've been wanting a leuku for a while now but no one seems to ship the one I like to Canada. Probably for the best though, the last thing I need is another knife. lol

    I've never used one but it looks like they chop pretty darn well and they seem kind of under-appreciated. I'm guessing that's because people don't think they're strong enough with their thinner blades and stick tangs. Like you said though GreyOne, the Saami seem to do quite well with them and I'm inclined to trust a knife that people who live pretty much self sufficiently in the Arctic depend on. Stick tangs and thin blades have their advantages too afterall.
     
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    Funny enough I have just sorted out a Leuku I have had for a while its not as big as the one in the video but I am gonna give it a try in my day bag as my only tool for a while and see how it does with a variety of tasks.
    I normally carry a fixed blade a SAK and a Bahco or Opinel saw; so there is a weight and space saving factor.
    I doubt I would give up my saw on a camping trip
     
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    Thanks G1, a tool that is not well appreciated on this side of the pond, but a great tool none the less.
    I think Iz has a thread some where defending the hidden tangs strength.

    I also think that something many people miss about Nordic knives is the light weight.
    You don't need a 3# knife to chop or baton.
    Thanks again.
     
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    I am having a hard time deciding between carrying...

    A Gransfors SFA or a Leuku on my trips

    Most of the things I can find myself using a Leuku for could be duplicated by a SFA and a smaller knife. Yet the SFA would allow for taking down a larger diameter tree with much less effort. Useful for those widowmakers you might find on your trips.

    I can't see myself carrying all three items, and since I already have the SFA and a smaller knife that I love, I wonder if a Leuku would serve me well enough to justify the price and weight(though I know they are relatively lightweight).

    Can someone with more experience enlighten me to a few tasks that I might have a more difficult time doing with my setup?
     
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