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The Knives of Finnland

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by HighDesertWalker, May 19, 2008.

  1. HighDesertWalker


    Mar 11, 2008
    I've gone the usual route of discovering scandi's on the knife forums, moving on to shop at Ragnar's, and, ultimately, adding a whole new category to my collection. Among the scandi's I am especially fond of the Finnish blades:


    From left to right, that's a leuku by Iisakki Järvenpää, a Fang, Striker and Puukko from Kellam (Ahti), a 10 cm carver and standard carver from Wood Jewel, and the Grandfather and Grandmother from Roselli.

    The Finnish blades typically have full concealed tangs, a metal bolster at the blade/grip junction, and blades that are left "in the black" except for the Scandi sharpened portion. (Roselli is the exception in that their knives are not full tang.) The Finns appeal to me because they are a bit primitive and very stout.

    My most recent acquisition is the Järvenpää leuku.



    This is a large leuku, with a heavy (.137" thick) 7" long, carbon steel blade and a metal butt cap for forcing the knife into game with the heel of your hand. This pommel somewhat compensates for the lack of a finger guard.

    Here's an in hand shot to provide scale for judging the size of the leuku: (my hand is XL)


    I think this is about the smallest blade I have that is actually appropriate for light chopping. The best technique is to use a three finger grip on the rear portion of the handle with the pinkie tucked in behind the pommel.


    This grip should prevent the first three fingers from sliding forward onto the blade during chopping, and it increases the effective length of the knife by shifting the center of mass further away from the hand.

    My favorite Finns are the finely built knives of Ahti (Kellam). The Ahtis are sharper out of the box than any other knife I have ever owned. Withdraw them from the sheath very carefully. The light but strong Puukko is going to be one of my favorite take along blades for hiking/backpacking.

    Also notable are the unusually stout blades from Wood Jewel. The handles are reinforced with reindeer antler at both ends, and the blades are a bit thicker than those of most other scandis.

    So many knives, so little time. :)
  2. Rockywolf

    Rockywolf Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 16, 2005
    I too have one of these, the puuko. It is amazingly sharp! And light weight too. An excellent value for the money spent, methinks!
  3. stingray4540


    Mar 26, 2007
    Very nice! I too am a Scandi convert, I hardly consider anything else.
  4. Runsalone


    Oct 22, 2003
    Very nice . I cant wait to get one to try. As soon as I figure out which!
  5. Darbyfett

    Darbyfett Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2007
    I have the Wood Jewel Puukko set and I love it so far. Just taking me FOREVER to take off the "Micro Bevel". It was micro in some spots but near the tip, there is nothing micro about it.
  6. jh205


    Aug 21, 2006
    Great knives.
  7. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 6, 2000
    Thanks for the information on the Wood Jewels. I liked the look of them and the word that they are especially thick makes them very attractive.

    I have the Jarvenpaa leuku in the combination sheath with the puukko. Hard to imagine any knives sharper. I hang them ove my kitchen counter and believe that I could easily do any food prep task with one or the other.
  8. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Our Finnish knives are simple, great all round cutlery and really good food prep tools. Mahtava!
  9. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
    Always wanted one of the Wood Jewel's myself:thumbup:
  10. mtnfolk mike

    mtnfolk mike

    Mar 21, 2006
    wow.. those are some nice loking scandi's...:thumbup: i reallyl ike those kellam's...
  11. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003

    The handle on that middle one looks super ergonomic
  12. ilbruche


    Jun 19, 2007
    HD I got to handle them a couple weeks ago. They are very well shaped. I think you'd like them a lot. :thumbup:
  13. Runsalone


    Oct 22, 2003
    Any chance of a pic with the Kellam puukko in hand?:)
  14. HighDesertWalker


    Mar 11, 2008
    Sure. ;)

  15. Runsalone


    Oct 22, 2003
    Thanks tons HDW!!! That was super helpful!

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