Sunday, August 28, 2016

Puukkos for sale.

Long gone are the days when a knife was man's everyday tool in many tasks. Crafts, food preparing, eating, fishing, hunting, you name it. In Finland that knife's name would be puukko. Everyman's puukkos were most commonly basic knives with one piece wooden handle. These maasepän puukko type knives are simply meant to be basic tools. No fancy decorative stuff, just the parts that are needed for it to be usable.

Now I have these 5 maasepän puukkos for sale. Blades are forged 80CrV2 carbon steel. Rhombic cross section. Handles are made of really curly birch, treated with tung / boiled linseed oil mixture. Leather sheaths with a wooden liner.

Price 170€ each. Shipping charge added on the price. Finland 8€, others 17,50€. If you're interested in one, write me at

Nr 1    Smallest of this set. Blade  75 x 19 x 4,3mm. Handle 106 x 28 x  21,5mm.

SOLD  Nr 2     Blade  86 x 20 x 4,9mm. Handle 110 x 29,5 x 22,5mm.  SOLD

 Nr 3    Blade 86 x 20 x 4,7mm. Handle 110 x 29 x 22mm.

Nr 4   Blade 88 x 21 4,9mm. Handle 110 x 30 x 22,5mm.

SOLD   Nr 5    101 x 22 x 4,9mm. Handle 110 x 30,5 x 23mm.  SOLD

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A knife for sale! ( SOLD )

All-round woodsman's knife for sale. 80CrV2 rhombic cross section carbon steel blade is 97mm long. Blade width 22,3mm and thickness 5mm at the bolster.

Handle made of brass and extreme grade curly birch. Length 112mm, 31mm wide and 22mm thick at max.

Dark brown leather sheath with a wooden liner inside.



Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tuohipää puukkos for sale! ( SOLD )

Finnish word tuohi means birch bark. Pää means head, is also used when speaking of knife handle. 7 bark handle knives for sale this time. Bark flaps are compressed between brass bolster plates, no glue used. 80CrV2 carbon steel rhombic cross section blades, scandi grind with small secondary. Dark brown leather sheaths with wooden liner for the blade.

Nr1   100*21,3*4,8mm blade. Handle 110*30*22,5mm. SOLD!


Nr2   86*20*4,6mm blade. Handle 110*30*21,5mm.  SOLD!


Nr3    96*21,7*4,8mm blade. Handle 110*30,5*22mm.  SOLD!


Nr4   85*20,5*4,6mm blade. Handle 110*29*22,5mm.  SOLD!


Nr5    97*21*4,6mm blade. Handle 107*30*21,5mm. Darker bark. SOLD!


Nr6    97*21*4,9mm blade. Handle 110*30,5*22,5mm. Darker bark. SOLD!


Nr7     97*22*4,9mm blade. Handle 105*30*22,5mm. SOLD!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

A sheath-knife needs a sheath.

Making a typical Finnish style back sewn sheath starts with making a wooden liner. Blade profile is drawn on a birch strip and lines are cut with a knife.

Carved out with a chisel. A rhombic cross section blade, that's why a slightly v-shaped slot.

Sawn off.

Shaped on a belt sander.

Back side is made of birch plywood. Pieces are glued together, then sanded to final shape.

Edge is taped and the whole knife wrapped in plastic foil.

Vegetable tanned hide is cut. Mouth section is thinned to be folded before starting to sew. Leather is soaked in warm water, just a while is enough.

I start stitching from the mouth end. Few holes with an awl, stitch, and so on. To make a locking sheath for a barrel shaped handle the mouth has to go a bit over the widest part of the handle.

Sewing done. Now the sheath can dry a bit, then being wet formed. Wet forming is most effective when the sheath feels a bit dry already. Seam is glued and trimmed. 

To complete the work there's several stages to go still. Making the belt loop and brass d-ring, dyeing, rubbing leather cream on, and polishing the blade and brass bolster plates. 

From this set there will be 7 bark handle knives for sale. Should get them posted here late Tuesday evening Finnish time. If you're interested in getting one, stay tuned!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Leisure & work.

I spent last weekend on Lake Inari again. This time with my girlfriend and the dogs Pyry and Kumu. 

As a small dog Kumu can be pretty much where ever in the canoe, doesn't make much diffrence. Pyry being a medium sized dog, 24-25kg, would change the balance when moving around. So his place is usually right in front of me.

As you might have seen in my canoe trip post a while ago, this is pretty much what most of the scenery on Inari Lake is. Rocky, pine forests, and not that many summer houses. A nice real wilderness lake.

Paddling, fishing... No further plans for the trip. Again grayling, a common catch around the rocky islands.

Pyry waiting if there's more fish to come. An old dog knows what to expect....

We checked the open wilderness hut of Kahkusaari, and stayed overnight as well.

Yeah, that's cosy, right? Like there wouldn't be space anywhere else....

On Monday it was time to get back to work, so off to the bark handle making we go! Cutting the bark in appr 3x4cm flaps, cleaning them, making holes for the tang, piling them on the tang....

Bark squares are piled on the tang, tightened after every 2 to 4 flaps. Then the whole pile is tightened with a bit more power still, and few flaps more added. Sometimes it feels like it wouldn't tighten anymore, but waiting for a minute or two and then trying again it suddenly goes a bit more.

Tightly fitted rear plate is added, hammered on the tang, tang cut, and slightly peened. At this point the handle is 1,5 to 2 cm longer than the planned final length. Warming it up in a kitchen owen in 75 to 100 celcius for 45-60 mins makes the oil in the bark softer, so the final tightening get's easier.

Straight from the owen the blade is attached tightly on a vice, and the butt plate is forced down the tang with a hammer and wooden block. Planned length is appr. 11cm on this, so a bit more to go still. Tang needs to be shaped slightly tapered, so the brass plate will stay tigh all the way when forced on the tang. Proper fit of the tang and butt plate is the key for constructing a handle this way. If it gets loose, it means more work, but can be still done of course.

Tang is cut, and filed so it's just slightly above the butt plate. Then the same process as always with this kind of handle construction; take a ball-pein hammer, peen, file, peen, file....

Here's the result. No glue used, so you can start shaping and finishing the handle right away if you like.

Handles of this set roughly shaped on a belt sander, next moving to hand sanding. To be continued!