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Roselli Hunter and Carpenter Impressions

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by HoosierQ, May 24, 2010.

  1. HoosierQ


    Feb 9, 2010
    I am calling these things impressions because I have not put these things to the hard tests that are common in hard core reviews...but I want people to have some sense of what these things are...as if they were able to handle them in a shop.

    Roselli...can't say enough good about these knives. I just got the Carpenter and the Hunter in carbon steel. Already have the Grandfather and won't be discussing here...but it is just like the others.


    The steel is Krupp W75 with a carbon content of .7 - .8%, and they are hardened to HRC 59 - 62. I cite this from Roselli directly. I do not have the UHC versions which are even harder and in some sort of proprietary steel. I am not speaking to UHC here.

    Full scandi grind with maybe just a hint of a microbevel...and I do mean micro. Beautifully executed grind line and beautifully executed grind...flawless really...not polished but flawless. Curley birch sticks to the dry hand as well as lots of other hi-tech materials and is just beautiful.


    This is Roselli's version of the traditional Puukko. The handle is more ergonomic than traditional but not far off. No ricasso. Great shape for carving or general outdoor tasks. Generous handle. Beautiful little knife, scary sharp.

    The Hunter

    Holy smokes what a knife. Handle is fully 5" long, you could almost two hand the thing. The handle would be good on a scramasax. The blade is wonderfully formed with a little bit of sweep back to the tip. There is a very understated fuller nearly the full length. Very small ricasso. Razor sharp. This knife is a monster even though the blade is just a hair under 4". The forge scale, a feature that I am not crazy about usually, is just beautiful on mine. It is multi-colored...almost case-hardened in appearance and very even.

    I have done nothing so far but whittle with these but I whittled and whittled until my whittler was sore (a lie because the handles are so comfortable). Can't even tell that the edges have ever cut anything, let alone reduced several pieces of wood to splinters.

    The Sheaths

    Few factory sheaths from Finland or Scandanavia proper win any awards. I however, and much happier with the Roselli sheaths than I think others are. They are well made of nice leather (if not terribly robust) with plastic inserts. Not crazy about the slots for the belt but that's how they are. I will probably make new ones myself but to be honest, they are too nice when new to discard or take apart to re-use the plastic insert. Time will tell.

    I am very pleased...couldn't be more so really...with Roselli. Finnish Puukko traditionalists do not fancy them (and I have been called out by one such fellow...fair enough...he's from Finland) but they certainly represent fine well made knives with no frills and elegent simplicity that is characteristics of fine Finnish and Scandinavian knives. Get one (or three like I did)!
  2. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Great knives; I have one of each. Hone the micro-bevel out (I put a convex edge on mine) and you'll get an edge that is way past scary. The big handle on the erapukko (hunting knife) is excellent when you're wearing gloves in cold conditions, as well as when field dressing big game. My only gripe with Roselli is the cheap sheaths. I cut mine apart and used them as patterns to make better sheaths (without those crappy belt slots) out of heavier leather. Keep the plastic blade protectors.
  3. sodak

    sodak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    Do you have any pictures? I've always been tempted by UHC, but don't know if these are in the same category.
  4. Dagon


    Nov 12, 2007
    I have an UHC bearclaw (that's the small one) and "normal" carbon steel Carpenter and Grandfather.
    I must say that the normal ones seem largely good enough to me (the OP's experience seems to confirm this). And... the handles of the normal ones look better ! (I believe you can ask Roselli to combine a UHC blade with the birch handle of the normal versions.)

    The Carpenter is very nice, light and practical, a knife that grows on you.
  5. HoosierQ


    Feb 9, 2010
    Here are pictures. The Grandfather...the short "chubby" one is mine. The other two are stock photos...haven't got my camera on 'em yet.

    My Roselli Grandfather


    A Roselli Carpenter


    A Roselli Hunter (Erapuukko)...the handle is 5 full inches for scale.

  6. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    To convex an edge I basically sharpen 'backwards' -- instead of moving the blade forward along the hone as if cutting an imaginary wedge, stroke the other way, trailing the edge. Do a search here and you should turn up some excellent illustrations. The Roselli's, like all traditional puukkos, are great all-round blades.
  7. rinos


    Feb 17, 2008



    i agree with your view,and i actuality like sheath(except slots :rolleyes:)
    have few scandi knives but this one is my favorite,until i get UHC

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