Lapin Puukko Outdoor Knife 145

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    About 2 years ago, I bought the Outdoor Knife 145 made by Lapin Puukko, a knife maker in Finnish Lapland, for about 45 Euros ($60). I intended it to be a backup knife for the knife I was using at the time should something happen to that one (I always have one complete set of backup bush tools stored away at home). As it turned out, I liked the new one even better, and after using it off and on, it has become my go-to camp/bush knife.

    Some specs:

    -5 3/4" (14.5 cm) long, 1/8" (3.25 cm) thick carbon steel blade from the Lauri company
    -Blade is convexed Scandi... :6: (I convexed the small secondary bevel it came with)
    -Plain birch handle, finished with some stain or other
    -Brass fittings
    -Ox leather sheath dyed brown

    As you can see, the knife is a plain and simple working knife, just the way I like them. It's part leuku, part puukko and part skinning knife. This makes it very versatile, in my mind. I have done many tasks with it over the past 2 years, including chopping, batoning, light prying, brush clearing, carving, featherstick making, food prep, cordage cutting...the list goes on. It holds a good edge and is easy to sharpen. The knife is by no means heavy, and the balance point is right where the handle meets the blade. This makes it very easy to use for carving and things of that nature, yet the extra blade length enables it to chop wood, slash vegetation and be used as a draw knife.

    Besides fitting a firesteel to the sheath, I have done a few mods to this knife, including reshaping the tip to make it not as blunt, removing the somewhat cheesy Lapin Puukko logo from the sheath and waterproofing the sheath.

    Knives of this size are often looked at as being neither fish nor fowl, not a carving knife, yet not a chopper. I tend to avoid "do-it-all" tools where possible, but sometimes something comes along that really is a very effective "do-it-most" tool, and this is one of them.

    Here are some post-mod pics:

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    And a pre-mod outdoor pic (after sectioning a small dead sapling):

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    Sweet!
    Plain and simple, yet effective.
    I will have me one of those one of these days.... or one that's similar.
     
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    BEAUTY! ;)
     
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    I really like the no nonsense approach to these knives.

    Tough and full of tradition.
     
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    Nice knife. You can see the tradition in it and I like that
     
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    That is defintely one I would like to have. If anyone finds a link to a seller here in the US, post it ! :)

    Utilitarian, plain, functional, and it has a classic simplicity that is beautiful in its own way.

    Thanks !
     
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    I really like that knife! I think I'm going to try to make one. How thick is the blade?

    By the way, thanks for posting it. I was the one who asked in your other thread!:19:

    Looker
     
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    Lovely knife! Wow. Makes my wallet itchy.
     
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    Ive had my eye on that blade for a year now, maybe come christmas time I will be able to get it. Definitely looks like a serviceable, no frills blade.

    -Brandon
     
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    Sweet...have an in hand shot?
     
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    The blade is about 1/8" thick, so certainly not a sharpened prybar. ;) I find it to have enough heft for light chopping etc., but it's not at all too thick or bulky. I'm starting to doubt that I'll ever find a blade length/thickness that I like more than this one.
     
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    Get one. You won't be sorry. :)
     
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    I'll add a pic or two of the knife in hand to the original post.
     
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    Ive seen one in use and was able to handle one once before, many moons ago but man did I love it. It had such balance and finesse that I did not think possible on a larger blade. It was such a joy to use, I never had any hot spots or sore hands from using it. Granted I only had a few short hours with it so it was by no means a full date.

    As soon as funds allow, one of these beauties will be mine. Maybe I should drop some hints to family, christmas ideas. :dblthumb:

    -Brandon
     
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    That looks like a sweet blade!

    I know what you mean about knives made from 1/8" stock, it's just about perfect insofar as cutting ability vs. sturdiness goes!

    PMZ
     
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    Thanks for doing that. I really like that blade. Looks like a bigger and nicer version of the "one that got away" from me...the brusletto Nansen. Really loved that knife. yours looks like an upscale version. :dblthumb: get it from ragnar?
     
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    I've got the Leukupuukko 3, the Whittling knife 31 and the Camping knife. All of which are very nice blades and are very comfortable to use. Lapin Puukko makes a nice, reasonably priced knife.

    The 145 is intriguing, but the blade is just a bit on the long side for me. Conversely, the Outdoor knife 90 is just a bit too short for a knife this broad. It'd be ideal if they put out an Outdoor Knife 105 or 110. A stout knife like this in the 4"-4.5" range would put a great many bushcrafty knifes to shame. It's a shame Ragnar doesn't carry the 5" Stromeng Leukus like he used to.

    Nice knife. Thanks for sharing. I was wondering what kind of knife you had in your firesteel mod thread.
     
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    Nope. I live in Finland, so I bought it online from a company here. I think Raggie sells them for about $85, but I got mine for the equivalent of $60 (no international shipping, customs etc. involved). Ragnar is a great source of blades, though (I bought from him back when I was in the States).
     
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    The blade is on the longish side, but since I don't use it primarily as a carving knife, and since I do use it for chopping and other tasks not covered by a carving knife, it's a perfect "bush knife" (i.e. covering a wide range of tasks) for me. For finer whittling tasks, I prefer a sub-3"-bladed puukko.

    I believe all the knives in the "Outdoor Knife" series are so broad because they are meant to be used for skinning, among other things. I'm sure a 4" - 4.5" blade in this range would sell well, too.
     
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    That´s good light leuku to do some heavier tasks also. Great idea to attach firesteel on it. Have you made sharp spot on spine of blade to scratch your firesteel with your knife?
     
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    The blade already throws sparks pretty well as it is, but I may decide to modify the spine a bit if it seems necessary.
     
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