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Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by GREENJACKET, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. aleforme

    aleforme Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    Just sent him the Jaakaripuuko. The Skrama is his.
     
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  2. neeman

    neeman Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Late to the party

    I am so regretful about the Skrama
    Why did I spend so much money on small hatchets, 9" machetes, and kukri style knives?
    The Skrama paired with a Silky does it all

    I have not found a more versatile cutting tool
    If there is reality to the concept of "One Tool to rule them all", then this is it.
    Fast flip of the wrist chopping, with a long sweet edge
    Neutral balance fine edge detail cutting
    The ease to shift to the range of cutting tasks

    The BK4 is the contender
    I rebeveled the tool with a canoe stone
    The recurve close to the handle is very acute that I can choke for very fine work
    The chopping end with a more obtuse angle for taking the impact
    The sweet spot is much shorter
    Ethan's handle is very comfortable but forces a single grip type
    You can flic for chopping but does not do well for fine cutting
    But the Scrama outdoes the BK4 by yards

    I have the Jaakaripuuko 140 in SS
    It is not as strong and tough as the carbon
    Battened thru some local olive wood, and the edge deformed some
    Nothing serious and I have not even fixed it as the edge is still razor sharp
    Superb knife
    Next time in carbon

    I have the Terävä Mini-Skrama bare tang with the bare tang leather sheath
    Sweet solid worker
    Zero ground it and the knife is wicked
    Amazing and the full complement to the Skrama, then sell off all your other knives (just kidding)
    They sell these with the rubber grip, but I cannot see the need as the bare tang is very comfortable (yes if you are going out in sub zero temps). And they are the same price as the 110 and 140 Jääkäripuukko, carbon steel

    All the blades are manufactured by Lauri, and they are the main blade manufacture for most of the knives you buy in Finland (not Roselli)
    So the quality is the best available
     
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2018
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  3. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
    also late to the party. now i'm wanting all their knives. also a Hukari :D

    the Becker grip has more than a few styles, but they may not be obvious. as many will know the Machax (cough BK4) is my main man for 30 years. love the Scandi styles as well.

    the Skrama a lot... whee. i love some of the parang styles out there, for instance, the Steven Johnson Parangatang - it's fierce, but different.

    however, there seems to be almost nobody selling them, and the main source if out too.

    what's this patience thing i hear about? lol
     
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  4. Bunba77

    Bunba77

    1
    Dec 24, 2018
    For those that think the Skrama is a little bit too long and heavy Varusteleka is introducing a mid sized (1/3 shorter and little bit lighter) one hand Leuku-style variant in 2019. So excited about this one.
     
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  5. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
    nice. love to see it.

    course, i'd also like to see something 1/3 to 1/2 longer too :D
     
  6. GREENJACKET

    GREENJACKET

    Feb 23, 2000
    Haven't looked at this thread for a while now.
    I love my Skrama and its become just one of those tools to always pack when there is some work to be done.

    Is everyone happy with theirs? I think the carbon's the stronger, tougher, and the one to have.
    Anyhow, post if you are still getting joy from what has become a pretty established blade now a few have bought one.
    Tell us how its gone.
     
  7. schwep

    schwep

    74
    Jan 4, 2017
    Just used mine again this weekend for some clearing and delimbing work. It's my absolute favorite blade for that. For splitting kindling as well, as soon as I get down to diameters (smaller 1/4 sections, 1/8 sections from larger logs) that I can not realistically hit with precision using my GB splitting axe. Then out comes the Skrama and a small baton.
    I fixed a long strap to an molle-compatible sheath (from the same sellers) so I can carry it baldric style under my left armpit. Works very well under a roomy jacket, too.
    Of course you need to pair this up with some Silky saws. Then there is practically nothing you can't do. ;-)
     
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  8. schwep

    schwep

    74
    Jan 4, 2017
    Also, I think I described that earlier in this thread, mine is the carbon steel version and I have modified it, with much of the central stub on the handle sanded down and with the blade convexed and the bevel thinned. That way it slices better through green, flexible stuff. The 80CrV2 steel can easily take a thinner, convex edge without getting damaged or even substantially dulled from pretty hard chopping through tough woods like oak, maple, hazelnut and hawthorn. It typically takes off thumb-thick hazel branches in a single sweep while delimbing. I clean sap off and strop it after use. Sometimes a sweep on a ceramic rod followed by a few sweeps on the stropping belt, hardly ever need to truly resharpen on a stone. It also cuts bread well enough, but is a bit unwieldy for buttering it. ;-)
     
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  9. schwep

    schwep

    74
    Jan 4, 2017
    OK, yesterday we needed to get a two-year old chestnut tree out of a large pot to replant it. Completely stuck. We needed something long, flat and sturdy to pry the whole clump of roots out, so I used the Skrama to dig around the edge, ramming it into the earth and wriggling things loose with its spine (did not want to damage the roots). I used both hands on the handle, wriggled it sideways to almost lift 20 kilos or so of sticky earth and roots out of a foot-deep pot. It worked brilliantly. Just before that, I had cut lengthwise through over two metres of thick felt made from hemp and jute, used to protect freshly planted veggied against weeds. And I had been delimbing some hazelwood. After all this the blade still sliced through newsprint. :)
     
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