Finnish Knives from Järvenpää

There are few places in the world where knives are more central to the daily life and culture than Finland. The national epic myth, the Kalevala, contains a story of the first 'smith, and to many people the Puukko is synonymous with Scandinavian knife.

Iisakki Järvenpää

Iisakki Järvenpää is one of the leading suppliers of traditional knives in Finland. The knives are of high carbon or AISI 420 stainless and tempered to 57-58 on the Rockwell Scale. Iisakki Järvenpää combines traditional styles with modern production methods to provide outstanding values. The blades are well ground and they are supplied with sturdy functional sheaths.

They are often ground with a very slight secondary bevel. This gives a stronger edge, but one which is not as keen as a single bevel. For general work this is ideal, but if you like your knives really sharp, you may want to sharpen it before use. Just follow the sharpening instructions until you can no longer see the glint of the secondary bevel. This is a chore, but you only have to do it once. These knives are so good, and so reasonably priced, that it is well worth the effort. On the other hand, if you are a hunter, and may be cutting cartilage or other tough materials, you may want a slight secondary bevel.

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Lappland Puukko

The traditional Lapland Puukko is the all-purpose utility knife of the Sammi people. As a nomadic people in a harsh environment, they have refined the style over centuries until there is nothing superfluous. The elegant result is a real demonstration that form follows function. The classic Nordic blade is narrow enough to penetrate, has a straight section for slicing, and enough curve at the tip for light skinning chores. The wide, flat pommel allows the use of the off hand to add force to the point. The deep leather sheath is an indication of how serious a lost knife can be in the wilderness. The sculpted handle of arctic birch gives excellent control for the draw strokes that are favored when the hands are gloved or numb with cold.

There are three sizes: