Ahti Knives

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There are two distinct lines of Ahti knives, the traditional line and the modern line. The traditional line is made in Kauhava, Finland. Kauhava has been a center of knife making for hundreds of years, and is at the heart of the Finnish knife culture. The knives are made in the shop of Reino Kamppila. His production is limited, but this insures that the quality is up to his exacting standards. The traditional knives with carbon steel blades (.8%C) are hardened to about 59 on the Rockwell scale. Those with stainless blades (C-0,479 Si-0,37 Mn-0,38 Ni-0,09 Cr-14,53 Mo-0,51 P-0,019 ) are hardened to about 57. The handles are stained birch and sanded to a medium finish for improved grip. Fittings are polished brass and the sheaths have plastic inserts. All of the traditional Ahti have full length tangs with the end of the tang visible at the pommel end of the handle.


The Traditional Ahti


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#9610; The Tikka, or "Woodpecker", is a neat whittling knife with a blade just under 2 1/2" (62 mm) long, .68" wide, and .130" thick. The handle is about 4 1/4" long. The sheath hangs from a stout strap and the knife and sheath together weigh about 3 ounces. $35
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#9620; The Korpi has a bit more blade and a slightly larger handle shaped for added control. The blade is just over 3" (77 mm) long, .80" wide and .126" thick. The handle is about 4 1/8" long. The sheath hangs from a belt loop fixed at a 45 degree angle for use in a cross draw position. The knife and sheath together weigh about 4 1/4 ounces. $49
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#9617; The Jänkä has a nicely shaped handle about 4 1/2" long, and oil finished rather than stained. It's suitable for average or slightly larger hands. The stainless blade is just over 3" (77 mm) long, .80" wide and .114" thick. Again, the sheath hangs from a belt loop fixed at a 45 degree angle for use in a cross draw position. The knife and sheath together weigh about 4 1/4 ounces. $55
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#9671; The Voulu is new model from Ahti. It also has a 3" blade. The handle is done in a simple, classic Scandanivan style. It's very comfortable in a variety of grips, and is sized for average sized hands. The knife and sheath together weigh a bit less than four ounces. I really like this one, and it's only $35.
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#9672; The Metsäastäjä (Hunter) is a larger version with a 4 3/4" blade. The blade is just over one inch wide, with an upswept edge at the tip for skinning. The longer length is helpful when butchering large game. Again, the handle is done a classic style, but is larger in diameter to accommodate larger hands. The knife and sheath weigh about 6 3/4 ounces. $57.
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#9608; The Vaara ("Northern Hills) is a bit larger, and is an excellent all around utility knife. The blade is about 3 5/8" (92 mm) long, .75" wide and .129" thick. The handle has a suggestion of a hook and the pommel end, and a slight cutout for the forefinger to add control. The 4 1/4" handle is nicely sized for average sized hands. $66.
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#9608rst; The Vaara is also available with a stainless blade, and natural finish on the handle. $70
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#9607; The Metsa ("Forest") has the same blade, about 3 5/8" (93 mm) long, .75" wide and .129" thick. The 4 3/8" handle is larger in both length and diameter. It has the pronounced pommel hook favored for draw cuts when wearing gloves or mittens. It's one of the most traditional Finnish patterns. The handle would work best for average or slightly larger hands. The sheath has a sturdy belt loop which will take belts up to about 2". The knife and sheath together weigh about 4 1/2 ounces. $50
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#9607rst; The Metsa is also available with a stainless blade about 3 3/4" long, 3/4" wide and .130" (just over 1/8") thick. Here the handle is oiled to bring out the grain of the wood, but not stained. The handle would work best for average or slightly larger hands. This is a knife for outdoor work in all seasons. The sheath has a sturdy belt loop which will take belts up to about 2". The knife and sheath together weigh about 4 1/2 ounces. $55
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#9612; The Kaira ("Northern Wilderness") is a skinning knife, or heavy duty work knife. It has a blade about 2 3/4" (72 mm) long, 1 1/16" wide and .129" thick. The 4 1/2" handle features a brass hilt plate and is generously sized for a large hand. . The knife and sheath together weigh a bit less than six ounces. $69
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#9612rst; The Kaira ("Northern Wilderness") is also available with a stainless blade. But here the blade is about 4 3/4" long 1 1/16" wide and .127" thick. This would be a good heavy duty work knife for harsh conditions. Again, the 4 1/2" handle is sized for larger hands. . The knife and sheath together weigh about 7 1/4 ounces. $75
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#9621; The Juhla is an upscale model somewhat in the style of the classic Finnish "Tommi" puukko. The blade is 4 3/4" long, 3/4" wide, and .130" thick. It has a very subtle taper. The handle is a bit over 4" long, and suitable for average sized hands. The cross section is slightly egg shaped, and it's exceptionally comfortable. The sheath is reinforced with a brass band and hangs from a belt loop. There is a plastic liner, and the sheath will take belts up to 2". All in all, it's very elegant, as well as very functional, for those who like longer blades. $99
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#9609; The "Leuku 90" has a blade 3 1/2" (92 mm) long, 1 1/16" wide and .129" thick. The handle is enhanced by a brass ferrule and pommel. It would be an excellent skinning knife. The 5" handle is sized for a larger hand. $84
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#9614; The "Leuku 145" has a blade 5 5/8" (145 mm) long, 1 1/16" wide and .129" thick. The 4 7/8" handle has brass plates at both ends, and the squared end of the pommel is visable at the pommel plate. The sheath has a belt loop. This would make a good butchering tool or light camp knife. It comes with a fine whittling edge. If you are going to use it for light chopping you should add a bit secondary or convex to the grind. $89
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#9618; The "Leuku 180" has a blade 7" (182 mm) long, 1 1/16" wide and .129" thick. The handle Again the 5" handle is sized for a larger hand. There are brass plates at both ends of handle, and the squared end of the tang is visable at the pommel plate. This would be a serious tool for butchering, cutting brush, etc. The sheath has a belt loop which will take belts up to 2 1/2" wide. The knife alone weighs about 7 1/2 ounces, and the balance is at the guard plate. $98

The Modern Ahti


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#9601; The Finman is a modern knife, carefully designed for both style and function. The stainless blade is about 3 5/8" (95 mm) long, a bit less than 3/4" wide, and .105" thick. The 4 1/2" handle is nicely shaped for control and has a textured surface for improved grip. The sheath is holds the knife securely and has a reversible clip that allows either a high or low carry on the belt. There is a drain hole in the bottom of the sheath that doubles as a thong hole for upside-down carry as a neck knife. The sheath takes the knife in either a right handed or left handed position. The weight of the knife and sheath is only 3 1/2 ounces, but it has a solid feel in the hand. I even like the subtle shades of green. It's too bad the Boy Scouts no longer carry belt knives. This one would go well with the uniform, and would be great all around scouting knife. The price is only $11. (Note: There is a considerable gap where the blade enters the handle. I'd be tempted to fill it with epoxy to prevent accumulation of debris.)

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