Which Puukko?

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  1. Slickrock

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    I am currently trying to decide on what "puukko" style knife to buy. I have been eyeballing all of the ones on ragweed forge, but I am overwhelmed by the selection. I am looking for a blade around 4" in length.

    If any of you have had experience with: Brusletto, Stromeng, Helle, Karesuando, EKA, Ahti, Jarvenpaa, Roselli, or wood jewel, or any of the "scandanavian"-made blades, please share
     
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    Have a wood jewel and love it but check out pasi Hurtilla check with woodsplitter he has quite a few and is very very verse on Nordic and sammi culture
     
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    Might look at this thread if you haven't already- <http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php/49072-Leuku-and-Puuko-thread?highlight=Leuku >

    I have a Jarvenpaa puukko, as well as one of their Leuku blades. Very plain, but I like them. One of our member got a set of Wood Jewel blades that had been neglected, and refurbished them, made a nice set.

    I also have a Stromeng Leuku, and the quality is very good.

    Just a minor recommendation, look at the ones that can paired with a Leuku, even if you do not plan to do that right now.

    And, BTW, Ragnar is good people to deal with, and will answer questions via email or on the phone, if you can catch him in.
     
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    I've owned an used quite a few. So far my favorite is an Iisakki Jarvenpaa Aito. I just purchased my dream puukko/knife, a Pasi Hurttila Tuohisarvi. Expensive, but very high quality hand forged 510 silver steel.

    I really think that the Tuohisarvi is going to give my current all time favorite, a 3V Skookum a run for it's money. I might just have to settle for all time favorite knife, and all time favorite puukko;)

    Out of every handle material I've used, my absolute favorite is stacked birch bark. It is absolutely amazing. I highly recommend any outdoors man/knife user try it at least once.

    Most common puukko's today are made with Lauri blades. The makers only make the handle and sheath.

    Lauri blades are good working blades, but they are not very well finished. The grinds at the tip are almost always off by 1/4", and there are deep grinding marks on the bevel. The flats are coated with some sort of fine powder coating, probably to make it look hand forged.

    If you can get past the off grinds and grind lines on the bevel, Lauri blades are pretty good. They hold a good edge and are very easy to sharpen.

    Be aware though, Lauri blades always come with a slight micro-bevel. I always thin it out to a thin convex when I get one.

    Remember, all true puukko from the past have a slightly convex edge. None are true zero Scandi. Having a thin convex on a scandi grind is a vast improvement to the knife.


    The Tuohisarvi will be my first hand forged knife. Of course I've owned hand made blades in the past, but all were/are stock removal. Pasi forges hammer on anvil.


    If you are looking for a good store to buy from, take a look at lamnia.fi . They are a vendor here under the name "Lamnia of Finland". They are a great store.


    I have also had experience with a Stromeng leuku. It's the only Stromeng product I own, and it will probably be the last. The blade is far to hard, and micro-chips very easy. It's very hard to sharpen due to how hard the steel is.


    I mean not to offend anyone, but the leuku puukko's with combo sheaths are not real work knives. They are made for tourists, as souvenirs, no for people who use their knives hard. Of course they use Lauri blades, but the handle construction is usually with a hollow brass bolster, instead of a solid brass plate. Not a very strong long lasting handle construction.


    *Not my picture*

    Tuohisarvi.

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    Aito. (Lauri blade).

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    Wood Jewel. (Lauri blade).

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    Here is my Leuku / Puukko combination:

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    Note: Not a "combo sheath" set, I like the ability to carry either one, or both, as the need may be. :)
     
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    I've posted this link before, but check out

    http://nordiskaknivar.wordpress.com/

    for some truly amazing puukkos. It won't make picking one any easier, but I can promise it will be fun. -ycritd
     
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    I have a pasi Hurtilla coming in July and mp is making a Leuku similar to this but with curly birch at the end instead of leather



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    Similar to top picture with my mods
     
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    I have a Jarvenpaa virtually identical to the Aito that Wood Splitter posted, same birch bark handle. I absolutely love it. My Dad and I have also put together knives with Helle blades, they make excellent knives also.

    Looker
     
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    Wow thanks for the input everyone! I am considering buying a helle blade and making my own instead of shelling out a lot of money for those "fancy" ones, as much as I would like to have one haha.
     
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    My every day working knife in the job,a Pekka Tuominen puuko, hand forged silver steel,I love it,Pekka and Spyderco have a collaboration also with the Nilakka folder and the Spydie puuko, check this guy out :)

    Send by mobile device,grtz, Jurgen.
     

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    Wow that is sweet!
     
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    With few exception I wouldn't call puukkos "fancy".
     
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    Enzo Nordic blades are also nice and come in 01 and D2. You can buy just the blade or a kit from Thompsons Scandinavian knife supply.
     
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    Kellam Wolverine is a nice affordable knife

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    I have an Ahti 'Vaara' puukko.
    It's a brilliant knife for the price (around $65 + postage from Ragweed Forge).
     
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    Groovy idea, you can totally do this. I've put together three with Lauri and Polar blades, and this thread is making me itch to do another one.

    Depending on what tools you have it will be another $30-50 to buy epoxy, leather for sheath material, flat brass stock if you want it (Andy who has the YouTube channel stonybrokebushcraf uses old brass door hinges, which I think is brilliant). So for the first knife the cost will come close to a factory-made knife, but after that you'll have tools and materials to make several more at the cost of the blade, which can be very modest!
     
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    I have made most of mine, myself. Probably the easiest is to use stacked leather and peen the tang. I made one like that with a Polar Hammered blade this weekend, and really like it. I'm a big fan of the Polar blades, as the ones I've used have been well-ground, are easy to sharpen (have a zero bevel that I slightly convex), and don't cost much.
     
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    I bought a Karasuando Boar and love it. The handle drops down in the back and is very comfortable. I love the drop point hunter blade and small bolster. The sheath stain matches the wood stain perfectly. The sheath is perfectly made and has a plastic liner. The knife sits well into the sheath.
     
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    Well, it looks like I will be ordering a few helle blades from ragnar. I have some 100+ year old walnut that my dad found for me and some maple "curing" in the trunk of my car ha-ha. Now, I just need to acquire some brass flat stock. I plan on alternating walnut/maple/walnut, much-like that of the same look of the Helle Harding. I also plan on ordering a few of the Tollekniv blades and making a few.Will be documenting and sharing the process in its entirety.
     
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    Good luck with your project(s), I looks forward to seeing them progress.
     
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    Go man go!
     
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    Joonas makes good stuff.

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