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FluffyTheCat  [Team Member]
11/10/2011 3:55:31 PM


My Finnish buddy returned to Finland for a visit. He says that he will buy me a puukko knife. He says that a good puukko knife is useful for cleaning deer and for opening Russians.

Now does anyone here have a puukko? Can anyone educate me on puukko knives?



Fluffy
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Thumbscrew  [Member]
11/10/2011 4:07:12 PM
The traditional puukko knife is much akin to the other Scandinavian knives like the well known Mora. I have had several puukko style blades over the years from Finland made by Marttiini. Sadly I was not able to bring them with me when I moved stateside and they now serve my parents well in the kitchen and on the slaughter block. I have not come upon a chance to attempt opening a Russian with one, but I am sure they are capable of such.

http://www.marttiini.fi/suomeksi.iw3
7n6  [Member]
11/10/2011 4:13:31 PM
I googled it and it just looks like a regular knife.
Dave_Markowitz  [Team Member]
11/10/2011 4:13:50 PM
Puukos are traditional Finnish knives. Their design is best suited for cutting IMO because most lack a guard to prevent your hand from sliding onto the edge if you stab something (although some puukos have guards). The blades are relatively thin, compared with modern designs that are like sharpened prybars. This makes them good for slicing.

The often have a scandi grind, which is a simple bevel.

It's a time tested design that's been used in the Scandanavian wilderness for hundreds of years.

I have this one imported by Cloudberry, bought it through Amazon. It came very sharp. I've since made a new sheath more suitable for left handed use (I removed the original belt loop and added the paracord shown below). The blade on this one is about 4.25" long. The handle is arctic birch and is finished with something similar to the pine tar/turpentine/beeswax mix the Finns used on their Mosin-Nagant rifles.


demobud  [Team Member]
11/10/2011 6:16:50 PM
I had a Puukko folder that I got when I was a teenager. It had the Puukko blade and the handle was a polymer "bali song" style folding handle.

It has sadly been lost to the waters of the gulf during a fishing trip.

I'd like to get another; it was an excellent knife.

callgood  [Team Member]
11/10/2011 6:20:27 PM
Kellam Knives is worth a look.

I have one of their pre-production samples. Supposed to have a flaw, all I can find is a small (machine ?) mark.



Takes a nice edge.
Dave_Markowitz  [Team Member]
11/10/2011 8:10:11 PM

Originally Posted By demobud:
I had a Puukko folder that I got when I was a teenager. It had the Puukko blade and the handle was a polymer "bali song" style folding handle.

It has sadly been lost to the waters of the gulf during a fishing trip.

I'd like to get another; it was an excellent knife.


Was it a Fiskars? If so, they are worth some money nowadays.
Adjax65  [Member]
11/10/2011 9:41:04 PM
I lived in Pori , FInland as a child, from 1972 to 1975. My dad bought a Puuko for himself, and one for me. He is gone now, but i treasure his knife more than the one he bought me.

If you get a really good one, all you need to do is wave it over a deer and the guts fall out and the skin falls off. A good one will take an edge that will cut you if you look at it wrong.
Lapp_Dance  [Member]
11/10/2011 9:50:39 PM
Ragweed Forge

Everything you need concerning a puuko.

/thread
Dave_Markowitz  [Team Member]
11/10/2011 9:53:15 PM

Originally Posted By Lapp_Dance:
Ragweed Forge

Everything you need concerning a puuko.

/thread

Ragnar is good people. I ordered two Mora #760s for my daughters last Friday night, he mailed them Saturday, and I got them Monday.
PrivateContactor  [Team Member]
11/10/2011 10:07:28 PM
Puukos are awesome knives, and most of the Scandinavian knives have excellent metallurgy and are the traditional knives of the people there. When I was in Norway, they had similar knives, and I bought several from the area. Quite a number of survival experts & enthusiasts use puuko knives for survival tasks, and claim they are the superior knife for bush lore. The good thing is, if you wish to expand your collection, they are relatively affordable for collecting purposes with fine examples available for under 200, even those these knives are often handmade, and feature elaborate handles, with multiple materials, and usually have the traditional sheaths as some of the ones pictured here.

Here is some guys blog about puuko knives with some decent pics

some guy's blog about puuko

If you are a knife guy, or an outdoors-man you will enjoy it.

-PC-
Chowdadi  [Member]
11/11/2011 1:08:52 AM
I picked up a very nice Veikko Hakkarainen Kullervo puukko a few months back. It is a beautiful knife, very sharp & really holds it's edge.

Kullervo puukko

Veikko Hakkarainen
Jussi  [Member]
11/11/2011 1:17:04 AM
Puukko = Knife in finnish :)
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