Lapin Puukko Outdoor Knife 145 - modification

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  1. Sandcut

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    Let me preface this by saying that this thread is NOT a "review." :4: It is merely an unboxing, some initial thoughts on the knife and some photos to show off what I thought was a pretty successful modification.

    Whew!

    With that out of the way...I have been jonesing for this knife ever since brother bmatt posted his quick review of his knife here: http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php/49825-Lapin-Puukko-Outdoor-Knife-145?highlight=lapin+puukko As such, I treated myself to a little retail therapy and bought one. I was actually looking for something much smaller, but I made myself a promise that the next time Ragnar had one in stock, I would buy it. Fortunately, last week his site showed that they were in stock. So, I bought one.

    Here's a pic of what it looks like new.

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    Here's a pic comparing it in size to a Mora #1.

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    initial thoughts

    Having owned three other Lapin Puukko blades, I was expecting this to be a well made blade. And it is. This one, however, wasn't user ready right from the box. The edge wasn't really a scandi grind and it didn't exactly have a secondary bevel. It was more like they gave it most of a scandi grind, but left it a little thick in case you wanted a small convex grind on it. The edge looked more like they just ground off any irregular edges, though. This I've been slowly sharpening down to a scandi edge on a diamond stone. I'm getting close, but it's a slow process if you don't want to bugger it up.

    Also, this is a pretty big knife and the handle was, in my opinion, very thick. This would be a nice sized knife for guys with larger hands. For me, it was just too thick. So I broke out the 60 grit sand paper and commenced to thin out the handle a bit. Since the handle was pretty much bare at this point, I got the bright idea to decorate the handle. So I broke out the pryography tool, laid out a pattern and spent last night burning. The pattern isn't my idea. It's an amalgam of different designs that I've seen on this site between knife and tomahawk handles. It turns out, I didn't screw it up too badly. I'm pretty pleased with it. I finished it off w/ BLO and covered with Sno Seal.

    I have to admit, I really hate the feeling that you get the moment that you commit to starting a mod on something this nice. I always get a feeling of dread at the beginning. So far, I've been pretty lucky and haven't totally ruined whatever it is I was modifying. (knock on wood!)

    Glory shot.

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    Close up

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    More gratuitous shots.

    Obverse side

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    reverse side

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    I bought the #2 lapin puukko and I really like it so far seems to be a well made knife
     
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    For anyone else considering to purchase this knife, here's some shots, from various angles, comparing it to other scandi-style knives for reference.

    From top down

    Stromeng 8" Leuku
    Lapin Puukko Outdoor Knife 145
    Iisakki Jarvenpaa puukko (#5218 at Ragweed Forge)
    Lapin Puukko Leukupuukko 2

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    Close up of handle size to judge thickness.

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    Photo comparing blade lengths and thicknesses

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    One last shot throwing in a Mora again for comparison (since that is probably the knife most folks are familiar with)

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    That's all that I have for the evening. I can't tell you how well the knife performs yet, 'cuz I haven't used it. The handle is much more comfortable, however. I was a little disgruntled initially needing to put this much effort into a new knfe, but in retrospect, if it hadn't needed the work, it would have looked just like any other factory-made leuku. Now, it's a one-of-a-kind Sandcut quasi-original. I don't doubt that it will perform well. The other three Lapin Puukko knives that I've had have all been fantastic! Great users, great steel and all very comfortable to use. I can't wait to try out this new one.

    Just thought I'd share. I hope you enjoyed the pics (even if the phone doesn't take very good pics.)
     
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    If it's the same one as the smaller Lapin Puukko below, yes, it's a great knife. They take a much better edge and hold it much longer than a Mora, IMHO.

    I was originally looking at the Outdoor Knife 90, as I wanted a shorter blade. But, a pact is a pact. Besides, Ragnar seems to have a steady supply of the 90s/Military knife. He's been out of the 145 for a fairly long time.
     
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    OK, a little follow-up on his knife. I've been using it for two years now and love it. It is my "go to" camp knife and knife that I carry while hiking from October - May.

    I was sharpening this knife as a scandi grind and believe that it just wasn't meant to be sharpened that way. When chopping green branches, I was getting small nicks in the blade consistantly that had to be sharpened out. When it dawned on me to measure the angle of the bevel (the shiny part of the blade, not the black, forged finish) it ended up only being around 9.5° per side or 19° total. Way too shallow for chopping. I have since added a secondary bevel to the edge of around 14° per side (28° total) and it is a much sturdier edge while still being very sharp. By comparison, my Mora Classic #2 has a 26° edge, while my Stromeng Leuku has a 35° edge. I don't plan to use the OK 145 for a dedicated chopper, but the secondary bevel allows it to hold up much better when lopping off thumb-thick branches. Definitely one of my favorite knives now that I've learned it better.

    And, comically, I took the day off today to do some outside work around the house and prep my traps for the season, when the heating fuel delivery guy showed up to give me a kerosene fill-up. He gave me some funny looks when he saw this knife swinging from my weak side, but he didn't mention it.
     
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    great post, I really like the way you shaped and burned the design in the handle. The knife looks really good after your work.
     
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    Thanks, man! It's definitely one of my better mods.
     
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    Awesome. I'm still wanting one of these pretty bad. Having no luck finding one.
     

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