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A couple of new bushcrafters

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by Hesparus, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Hesparus


    Oct 31, 2004
    One for me:
    (it'll be paired with a leuku that I haven't quite finished yet)

    And one for my girlfriend:

    Both are 1084 steel with dymondwood handles.
    Thanks for looking.

    - Chris
  2. JV3

    JV3 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    very nice! i like how you ground the edge all the way against the knife handle and the no lanyard hole on the first one. i want to see the 2nd knife's blade with the 1st knife's handle too.
  3. facablade


    May 23, 2009
    hi I´d like to be your girlfriend to receive this gift ;-)
    Both knives are awesome.
  4. Diomedes Industries

    Diomedes Industries KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 19, 2007
    I am particularly attracted to the top knife - I think the handle design is VERY well thought out.

    Care to share some specs on these knives - and some top down shots so that we can see the contour?

  5. Hesparus


    Oct 31, 2004
    Thanks guys!
    Both are 1/8" thick with ~25º bevels. The scales are attached with epoxy, nickel pins, and steel machine screws (hidden under epoxy).
    The puukko is 8-1/8" long overall with a 3-5/16" blade. The blade is 29/32" wide at the base. It's a hair under an inch thick at the thickest part of the palm swell and 13/16" thick near the base of the blade.
    Here it is from the top:
    I wanted this to feel and work as much like a traditional puukko as I could. One thing that has always struck me about puukkos is the unusually large ratio of handle size to blade size, so it has a pretty beefy handle. Having pretty small hands, I'm not sure how much I like it yet, but I'm generally very pleased with the ergonomics of it. The way it narrows/thins right before the angled/flared base is especially nice IMO. I think it will make drawing from the sheath very nice, too. I put a larger version of this handle on the leuku that is its mate — I posted an in-progress shot of it in the puukko thread.

    My girlfriend's knife is 8-7/16" overall with a 4" blade. The blade is 1-1/4" wide at the base. The handle is 3/4" thick at the base of the blade and 14/16" thick at the butt.
    Here it is from the top:
    It's basically a modified Kephart stye knife. Since this will be my girlfriend's first knife of this sort, I designed it primarily with aesthetics in mind. I wanted to make her a knife that she'd like to look at as her first knife, then if she gets more into bushcrafting I can make her one that is more suited to her tastes function-wise. But the design that we arrived at should be very functional. I actually like this one so much that I may make myself one a lot like it but with a full flat grind.

    - Chris
  6. lightleak


    Jun 11, 2009
    I really like the scandi style one - wouldn't mind one of these ;) . Great work.

  7. wabakimi


    May 2, 2006
    Man, that puukko is fierce! Great work on both of those.
  8. Brian Sargent

    Brian Sargent

    Jun 6, 2008
    Is the 25 degree bevel inclusive or single sided?
  9. Hesparus


    Oct 31, 2004
    Thanks guys!
    Brian - It's 25º inclusive.
  10. Brian Sargent

    Brian Sargent

    Jun 6, 2008
    Sweet, right on the money. Great knife!
  11. Diomedes Industries

    Diomedes Industries KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 19, 2007

    Wow - I REALLY like that Pukko. There is only one change I would make for it. I would make a sheath for it - and put it on MY belt! ;)


  12. fmajor007


    Apr 1, 2010
    I really like the 2nd knife - and as JV3 mentioned - with the 1st knife's handle!!! Both are very well-done.
  13. Hesparus


    Oct 31, 2004
    Wow, guys, I didn't expect to get so much positive feedback on these. I really appreciate it! I have designed other knives with the handle of that puukko, but I hadnt thought about putting it on the one for my gf. I'll have to think on that.
    Hoping to give them a try this weekend - I'll report back on how they perform.

  14. thrillbilly

    thrillbilly Banned BANNED

    Apr 16, 2011
    Both are very nice...I really like yours though, that filework is 100% stellar!
  15. Robs92XJ


    Apr 3, 2012
    Lovely and well thought out puukko. I like a thicker handle on these, but I prefer them to taper down significantly in thickness from the palm swell to the blade (like 5/8" or less). It really feels good that way with a chest lever grip. Also it creates a more rectangular section at the front of the handle (instead of round or square), which I think aids fine control for certain tasks.

    On your GFs knife, how is the balance? I ask because I am mulling over some designs I've created, and some of them have quite wide blades. I like scandi grinds, but on a wide blade its going to leave a lot of steel in the blade. I imagine it would help chopping somewhat.
  16. DerekH

    DerekH Handsome According to my Mother Moderator

    Nov 18, 2010
    Those are some good looking knives! Keep up the good work!
  17. mtnfolk mike

    mtnfolk mike

    Mar 21, 2006
    very nice work.. i really like that top one.. i bet it is way comfortable in the hand..
  18. Hesparus


    Oct 31, 2004
    Robs92xj - he balance is just at the front of the first machine screw. Broad Scandi grinds do tend to make better choppers, but this one is really too small for that.
  19. Riverwarrior

    Riverwarrior Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2010
    Both of those are super nice! Awesome job.

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