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    A puukko (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈpuːkːo]) is a small traditional Finnish belt knife with a single curving cutting edge and a flat back.


    "So we say, that puukko-knife is a multipurpose tool and a temporary weapon. Puukko is small, alltogether about two palm widths long, and its length is divided almost in half between the blade and the handle. The less than one finger wide and quite thin blade, is straight from the backside and curved by the edge -- so the point is single edged. The blade of puukko is naturally made of steel, grindstoned and honed sharp. As was said, the handle of the puukko is as long as the blade, sometimes a little longer but almost never shorter. It is perfectly fit to fill a man's hand. The handle of puukko is naturally made of wood, usually birch, rarely curly birch -- and at the blade side end, there is a brass mounting. Often there is another mounting at the other end of the handle. The handles made of birch bark have always two mountings and the blade tang going through the handle is riveted. Puukko always has a sheath, and the sheath hangs from the carrier's belt --without sheath, the puukko is not complete."

    Sakari Pälsi, Puukko p. 29-30 OTAVA 1955 (ISBN 951-1-15699-3)
     
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    Two MP Puukko's, forged 80crv2 with micarta and brass bolsters.
     
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    Gossman Survival Puukko, 01 with black micarta.
     
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    Malanika Puukko, 80crv2 with black micarta and brass bolsters.
     
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    AA Forge Puukko, 01 with black micarta.
     
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    H. Roselli UHC puukko
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    Malanika Puukko, Rhombic 80crv2 with stacked birch bark and brass bolsters.
     
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    Malanika Puukko, Rhombic 80crv2 with burlap micarta and brass bolsters.
     
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    That burlap micarta is especially snazzy!
     
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    Deering Sami Puukko, heat treat finish 01 with black micarta and black pins.
     
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    How much downward sweep is allowed on the spine before it is not correctly considered a puuko?

    Beautiful knives all! I've never owned a true puuko, but hope to soon!
     
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    My humble Roselli, diy full grain 3.5 mm leather sheath
     
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    Any worries about a little guy having a knife without a guard of sorts? I'm struggling with which knife to bestow upon my 6 y.o. On his 7th birthday this summer. He wants a fixed blade so badly. I thought maybe a Mora Classic 1 which has a small handle or I have a couple of other knives, but none have a guard. I told him he has to pass my knife safety test beforehand. Just wondering how th littles are managing with puukkos or other knives of similar design.
     
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    IMG_2961.JPG Enzo lynx blank With birch bark handle and elk antler ferrule and butt cap. Was my first bark handle job. Tedious but very comfortable in the hand.
     
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    IMG_2964.JPG Deering puukko, Adventure sworn woodsman, Sargent PSK and M1 compact. Sargent's were blanks that I put the scales on.
     
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    MP Puukko, forged 80crv2 with full micarta including bolster and spacer.
     
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    I love this thread. Some real beauties! I've never had a birch bark puukko but one of these days......
     
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    Two Saku Honkilahtis and a Joonas Kallioniemi

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    I really like the blade profile on the J.K.
     
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    Joonas Kallioniemi...Puukko Perfection


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    Just finished this 95mm carbon Lauri blade with some pear wood from the front pasture.

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    Mora I re-handled.
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    Michael Presnell Straight Creek Puukko 3/32 52100 carbon.
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    Enzo Nordic 95mm in O1 with nickle bolster, stacked leather, and curly birch pommel all sized to fit my funny shaped hands.
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    First time I ever saw one of those was when the very Finnish grandmother of a girl I was sort-of-seeing pulled one out of her dress and started round the table to give me an educational filleting.

    EDIT: Since I'll probably have to explain at some point, may as well now.

    This was back in England (Stevenage, my home town to be specific). The Girl was an on-again-off-again mostly-but-not-always platonic thing. Grandmother got a trifle confused and thought I was the lout that impregnated and abandoned The Girl's younger sister when in fact I was merely there for lunch and to bring some bourbon to The Girl's father. Apparently the family had discussed fetching said lout and remonstrating with him and she thought they had gone ahead and taken care of it.

    It was all sorted out without bloodshed, but I was warned, with waggled puuko and all to keep my "blade" in my pants if I knew what was good for me.
     
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    The blade profile is what drew me to his puukkos. I had seen puukkos Joonas made for Schwert and Kamagong and asked him to make me one similar. I was lucky to have had three of his puukkos.
     
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    Schwert the top puukko was the inspiration for my first puukko from Joonas. The only knife I'd never sell.

    Bill
     
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    A puukko by Mile Leko with a blade from Pekka Tuominen.

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    I am drowning in drool here. Even with Grandmother flashbacks.
     
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    Iisakki Järvenpää Aito

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    Iisakki Järvenpää Aito, great production birchbark handled Puukko.
     
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    A bit on the crude side, but quite nice in hand from Svante Djärv. I love the narrow tapered blade.

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    Reasonably priced and good quality Kellam Wolverine SPT is a very nice puukko also.


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    Could you post a few more pics of the handle of that first one? View from tom and back, maybe? I confess I don't know the maker.
     
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    Top to bottom Jani Ryynänen, Pasi Jaakonaho, Saku Honkilahti.
     
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    Scott Gossman Survival Puukko- set up for deep snow snow carry (ala Mors Kochanski). 4.75 O1 tool steel and black micarta.

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    A birch bark I made for a giveaway here a while back.
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    Another.
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    Stabilized maple.
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    birch, moose antler and brass/vulcanized spacers.
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    Elm burl.
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    Stacked leather.
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    Stabilized maple, I think.
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    Stabilized oak burl and birch bark.
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    Another stabilized maple.
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    Buckeye burl I did for another giveaway here.
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    Birch bark and brass. (I think this one got reshaped later...yikes)
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    Stabilized something.
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    Yet more birch bark.
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    My current EDC, before she got pants:
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    I don't mean de-rail things but what is a rhombic puukko exactly? I can picture the a rhombic cross section but am not sure if it's really the case. Is it safe to assume it has a sharpish spine and behaves like a chisel grind? If so are there left and right hand grinds? They seem pretty popular, I am mostly wondering in what ways the behave differently from the more common grinds. Thanks.

    Beautiful knives everyone! I never get tired of looking at puukkos.
     
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    A rhombic is just shorthand for a diamond cross-section. If you imagine looking at a blade point-on, normally you'd see the bevels of the cutting edge and then the straight vertical stock of the blade; a rhombic just has a thinner spine than the full thickness of the blade material. @Frederick89 can tell you more about performance, but to my knowledge they came about because a certain style of farrier's rasp in Finland already had that rhombic cross-section, and was easy to turn into a knife blade.
    There is a "yakutian" style knife that does have a chisel grind, but no classic puukko-style knife has one to my knowledge.
    http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/yakutian-knife.186308/#post-3169452


    ETA - a true "diamond" would have equilateral sides; a "rhomboid" would skew those dimensions slightly.
     
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