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Looking for the perfect 40th birthday puukko (to myself :D)

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by iamdylanrichards, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. iamdylanrichards


    Sep 13, 2018
    Living in Canada, most of my options for a classic birchbark handled puukko from a dealership is pretty limited... BUT seeing as my 40th birthday is coming up in March I thought "Why not save up and get a custom! (though working for a not for profit means that even $400 CAD would be a LOT of saving, so I thought I'd start now). Being a fella with big hands, this is probably the best idea anyhow.

    So far I've tried to contact both Danijel / Malanika, and Pasi Hurttila, but have received no response. (I'm assuming it's because they are both so damn good that the wait time is somewhere in the years).

    Any other recommendations for this prairie Canadian fella? Birchbark handle, a good steel (carbon or stainless), wanting it for carving and all purpose stuff that a puukko would be used for (not planning to baton the forest down).

    Thanks for any help you all can be!

    (PS: Yep, I've searched the forums lots, but most of the recommendations won't ship to Canada)
  2. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2005
    Jelio in this forum makes beautiful puukkos.
  3. The Shatz

    The Shatz Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2017
    Mike presnell does a great job. So does Jelio
  4. gudspelr


    Jul 1, 2013
    I met Jeremy Spake a few years ago and he makes a really nice knife.

  5. Frederick89


    Dec 30, 2009
    Malanika has a one year and a half waiting list, while Pasi has dropped knifemaking as full time job. He puts some puukkos for sale on his blog every now and then, usually during the summer.

    I can suggest you to try to get in contact with Jari Liukko as well, either on Facebook or mail. He's a second generation master bladesmith, but has rather low prices given his quality.
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  6. kamagong


    Jan 13, 2001
    Saku Honkilahti makes a beautiful puukko, and he works with birch bark. I suggest taking a look at the Nordiskaknivar blog. Should give you an idea of the puukkoseppa out there.
  7. surfer


    Jan 30, 2003
  8. Phixt


    May 28, 2016
    Todor Hristov
  9. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    I treated myself to a puuko made by Jelio around a year ago, have used it lots and couldn't be happier with the quality Turnaround time was very fast and he made it to my preference for a very reasonable price
    It's a well designed knife, made for use, and the sheath is equally good
  10. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    I have a new Puukko coming from Henri Tikkanen of Finland. I contacted him by email about 6 weeks ago and over a few weeks we discussed the details. Much to my surprise a new custom Finnish birch bark puukko is already on its way. :)

    I didn't want a highly refined and polished puukko but rather something that evoked its every man/woman use legacy, as I too will use it. Looks pretty great. I'll let you all know more when it arrives. Well under your budget too :thumbsup:


    Last edited: Sep 16, 2018
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  11. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    This is a Japanese-inspired Puukko in DHIII W2....just happened to get pictures of it finished yesterday. :cool:

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  12. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    In case any one is interested, here is a follow up link to my post # 10 above about my new Karjalan Puukko.


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