''As many of you may know, DLT Trading, has commissioned Mike & Crew @ Bark River to build a great series of scandi grind knives. We will be starting with Puukkos.
I have some ideas on handles and am looking for more inspiration and as such, I'm asking for pictures of some great looking Puukkos you own or you have seen. Also, what do you look for & what do you like about the Puukko? What makes it special to you?
I can say we are very excited about making this legendary knife and look forward to your input.
I hope You understand the difference between the puukko and other knives made in Finland or in other countries.
I'm sad to say that people do not know what is different about puukko and other Scandianavian desing, even in Finland.
First. Blade; in the blade of the puukko, that 'corner' between those two grinds is ALWAYS higher than the middle of blade. In other Scandianavian models it is lower and closer to the edge. Basically puukko blade does not have a ricasso (yes, some old Kauhava models and Rautalampi-model has, but those were exceptions). The back of the blade is (or looks) stright.
The cross section of the blade is 'diamond' style.
In the puukko blade, the angle of the cutting edge is less than 22 degrees.
second. Handle; there is no guard, no pommel etc. handle is traditionally made of one material + mountings. The cross section of the handle is more like egg. Handle desing is very simple, too.
and third. Sheath; Almost 99% procent of puukko's sheaths have a back sewing, there is always a wooden part inside of the sheath (blade section) to protect the blade and the puukko owner.
If You have a possibility to look at traditional puukko models (I do not mean some commercial models) like tommi-puukko, harman-puukko, kokemaen-puukko, toijalan-puukko, pekanpaa-puukko, You will soon find those things. Decorations change, but the basic puukko model is similar.
Why that desing ? Because puukko is always 'a multi-tool'. If it is made for just hunting, or fishing or other specific work, it is not a puukko anymore, then it is 'a hunting knife with some puukko style parts'
That doesn't mean that other Scandinavian models are not good, no way. They just are not puukkos, if You are interested about puukko desing and model.
In Finnish language we have two words for a knife.
Puukko translates as a 'puukko-knife'
and veitsi translates as a 'knife'. They are not synonymes.
As I have said a long time ago:
'every puukko is a knife, but every knife is not a puukko'
Take care !