Leuku and Puukko set

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  1. GreyOne

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    I had received a Jarvenpaa Leuku last year before deer season, and used it for my hunting knife. I was really pleased with the performance, and decided to get a similar Puuko. Ragweed Forge had some in stock recently, by Jarvenpaa, in the same style, so I ordered one. I guess at this point I ought to look for a sheath to carry them both. :)

    This is a very well balanced set, a Scandi bush knife and a slightly larger camp knife / chopper.

    The Leuku is a Model 5339b, 7 inch carbon steel blade.
    The Puukko is a 5336b, 3 and 7/8ths inch blade.
    (Puukko is about 5 ounces weight, the Leuku probably twice that.)

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    Comparison of Puukko and a Mora 311.

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    The Puuko in hand.

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    Ragweed Forge is selling the Puukko for $49.00, the Leuku for $83.00, and a combo set for $129.00.

    I can highly recommend either knife, or the combo set for anyone looking for a plain, utilitarian set of working knives.
     
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    Nice set, how does the Leuku sheath hold up?
     
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    Very nice set up and great shots! I've been eying that set for awhile. I never know how to decide between the combo carry sheath package or as individual sheath. Your individual sheath route is more flexible I think.
     
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    They look great! Now maybe we should start calling you Gray Onenin.:D Gotta love those Puukkos.

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    Those are nice man! Ragnar used to carry that set together holstered in the same sheath. Wanted one forever and when i finally had the scrap they were no longer. :( Congrats and thanks for the pix!

    Also, did you stain the leather? Because i thought his were more natural in color? Looks good, i like darker leather over the natural stuff.
     
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    Great looking set for sure, one could do anything and everything he needs to with that pair. That puukko looks about perfect for small game
     
  7. GreyOne

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    Ragnar has the double sheath set right now:
    Click here for larger image.
    Puukko and Leuku Combination

    A combination of the 3 7/8" puukko and the 7" leuku in a double sheath.
    Current stock comes with a dark brown sheath
    #5629-b; in carbon steel (shown) with the sides of the blade left black, $129.
    #5629-o; in stainless steel, $149.
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    My Leuku sheath had been hot waxed before I got it. That darkened it considerably. I like that treatment, and will do it to the
    Puukko when I get time. The Puukko sheath was listed as dark leather, which I was glad to get.
    Here is a link to Ragweed Forge Finnish knives: <http://www.ragweedforge.com/FinnishKnifeCatalog.html >

    The sheath has served well on the Leuku, and I think the two separate sheaths is indeed a more flexible option. I would not mind having a double sheath for the set as an extra, it would be more compact when you know you will carry and use both blades.

    These have the unpolished carbon steel blades, and they are excellent steel- hold an edge well. He also has and sells the stainless and the polished carbon blades, though not all options are always in stock.

    Ragweed Forge, like Ben's Backwoods, is a very good place to do business- he knows his merchandise and takes care of his customers. I have been buying from him for several years, and have had nothing but good experiences.
     
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    It is. I have been using the Mora 311 a lot for my small all around belt knife, and it is a very nice tool. The Puukko is almost exactly the same size and weight, slightly different handle feel and blade geometry, but still very similar in use.
    I like both.
     
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    super nice setup :)
     
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    I got the double set in a trade with Whitejaw a little while ago, they live in my pack now, love em to bits as you have probbaly noticed they get used a helluva lot as they appear in most of my recent woods trip videos
     
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    Yes, seen the Leuku in particular in the last video and wondered which one you had. It looked very similar to the one I got. :)
    They do seem to be a well designed knife, and very useful in the woods. I have been really impressed with mine as a general use knife, and as a great chopper.
     
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    I have those exact same ones.

    I bought the Leuku/Puukko set, and I bought one of each separately. I prefer having the separate sheaths on my belt for immediate use, and I confess I tend to carry the combination sheath in my pack as backups.

    I didn't like the sheaths at first, being used to more modern sheaths, but it turns out they are quite nice, and having them swaying around isn't a big problem, as the knives are light, and with the twisted and flared ends, I find that the sheaths automatically move out of the way when I sit down. Plus, they hold the knives nice and deep, and you can set them in fairly lightly and they are easy to get out, or push them in a bit harder and they really stay in there.

    These are the knives that almost make me feel bad that I bought anything else.
     
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    Very plain, very simple, very utilitarian, they just work so very well.
    :)
     
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    great looking pair.
     
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    Awesome duo you have there, Grey. You can do a lot with just those two knives, especially where you are. The puukko's blade looks very slim, and thus perfect for carving etc. How does it feel in the hand?
     
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    I have rather large hands, but it handles well even so. I seem to curl my little finger up behind the pommel for most carving and cutting, both as a safety feature and as a way to get a comfortable grip.
     
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    Got the Leuku in stainless when Ragi had a close out deal on them. Can't be more pleased with the product. My main go in the pack hunting and camp knife. I used Neets foot oil on my sheanth and grubby hands:) to darken it up.
     

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