Finnish Knives from Roselli

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.


Heimo Roselli

"The arctic climate of Northern Finland makes its own demands on day-to-day living. The most important tool there is the "Puukko", The Knife. It must carve and cut well. For the blade, only the finest quality carbon steel is acceptable, steel which the smith will forge into a keen tool. For the handle, attractive, seasoned curly birch. This noble tool grows in beauty the more you use it and before you know it, you'll have fallen in love with it."

"Mastersmith Heimo Roselli refuses to build anything non-functional or unnecessary into his knives. Each knife is the embodiment of the demands of the merciless Northland. The unessential is detrimental."

This was taken from the Roselli catalog, and about says it all. These knives are all function and no polish, but have a beauty of their own. The blades are forged to shape in dies, then finished by hand. The upper sides of the blades still have the forge scale, and the bevels are ground cleanly to the edge with little or no secondary bevel. They are very sharp and ready to work. The steel is Krupp W75 with a carbon content of .7 - .8%, and they are hardened to HRC 59 - 62. They are unique among the knives I carry in that they are forged rather than ground to shape.

New from Roselli is the UHC (Ultra High Carbon) line. This is a proprietary steel with a carbon content of 1.5 - 2.0%. It is hardened to HRC of 64 - 66 and is said to hold an edge twice as long as the already excellent regular line.

However they are made, Roselli knives have a very classic minimalist style.

The knives are supplied with stout leather sheaths in the Scandinavian tradition. They take much of the handle, and there are no snaps or straps to fool with. This not only makes the knife instantly available, but also helps prevent loss. The sheaths are lined with plastic to protect the knife and user.


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The Roselli Hunter

#R100; The Roselli Hunter is stout all-around hunting and wilderness knife. The blade is about 3 3/4" long and about 1/8" thick. The generous handle is about 4 3/4" long. $97

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The Roselli Hunter in UHC

#R200; The Roselli Hunter is stout all-around hunting and wilderness knife. The blade is about 3 3/4" long and about 1/8" thick. The generous handle is about 4 3/4" long. In UHC steel the price is $135 Out of Stock

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The Roselli Hunter in UHC, Special Blade Length

#R200L; The longer blade length was requested by Russian customers, and this version has been nicknamed the "Kamchatka Moose Hunter" by Roselli staff. The blade is about 5 1/2" long, 1 1/8" wide, and 1/8" thick. The generous handle is about 4 7/8" long with a diameter sized for average or slightly larger hands,. It's still fairly light in the hand and wouldn't be tireing to use for long sessions of game processing. . The knife and sheath weight just 7 1/2 ounces. In UHC steel the price is $169 Out of Stock, more are expected toward the end of August.

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The Roselli Opening Knife

#R161; The Roselli Opening Knife is the European version of a gut hook. Since the edge cuts from the inside out, it doesn't get clogged with fur. It's also useful for removing the flesh from legs, etc. The blade is about 3" long and 1/8" thick. $79

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The Carpenter's Knife

R110; The classic puukko style with a narrow 3 1/4" blade. The blade is a stout 1/8" thick, and shaped for fine work. This one feels really good to me, and is the one I bought for myself before I became a dealer in Roselli knives. The 4 3/8" handle is a bit smaller in diameter than the others, and this allows for more finesse in use. It feels very good in my small to average sized hand. The knife and sheath weigh just over 4 ounces. The price is $79 Out of Stock


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The Carpenter's Knife in UHC Steel

R210; The Carpenter's knife done up in UHC steel. This would be quite the knife for general carving and green woodworking. It comes with a dark stained handle and sheath for $115

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The Bear Claw in UHC Steel

R231; The Bear Claw combines a pointy 2 1/4" blade in UHC steel with the 4" handle of the carpenter. It's a really serious woodcarving or detail knife. $85


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The Grandmother

R130; The Grandmother is a handy pocket sized knife for fine tasks and craftwork. The blade is about 2 1/4" long, 3/4" wide at the base, and .130" thick. The handle about 3 1/2" long. The small size makes it particularly suitable for those with small hands. In addition to being useful for woodcarving, it would make a nice paring knife.$59 Out of Stock


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The Grandfather's Knife with Wood Sheath

#R121; A stout 3" working blade in a wonderful curly birch and reindeer fur sheath. This would make a great skinner or an excellent knife for the medieval barbarian reenactor. Actually it would make an excellent knife for most anyone. It's about 7" overall, and the generously sized handle is easy to grip when the hands are cold or stiff. The price of the Grandfather in the wood sheath is $119

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The Grandfather's Knife with Plain Sheath

#R120; This is the same knife in a plain leather sheath with a plastic liner. The price is $85

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The UHC Grandfather's Knife

R220; And once again for those folks who plan on doing a LOT of skinning, the same knife in UHC steel and dark stained leather sheath. $125

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The Roselli Leuku

#R150; The Roselli Leuku is a big knife. The leuku is the camp knife is of the Saami (Laplander) people. It's used for everything from building shelters and gathering firewood to butchering reindeer. This one has over 7" of blade and 5" of handle. The blade is a heavy 3/16" (.2" or 5 mm) thick, 1 3/8" wide, with the balance forward for efficient chopping. The knife and sheath weight just under a pound. $145

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The Roselli 5" Leuku

#R151; The Roselli 5" Leuku is still a handful. The oversized handle would be best used by those with large hands. The leuku is the camp knife is of the Saami (Laplander) people. It's used for everything from building shelters and gathering firewood to butchering reindeer. This one has about 5" of blade and almost 5" of handle. The blade is a stout 3/16" (.2" or 5 mm) thick. $140 Out of Stock

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The Roselli Bigfish

#R255; You would need a really big fish to require a knife like this. The blade is about 8 1/4" long, 1 1/4" wide, and only .053" thick. The handle is 4 7/8" long. Despite the size, it's light and handy at just under 4 ounces. It's supplied with a belt sheath, but would be just as much at home in the kitchen of a serious chief. Done in Roselli's UHC steel, the price is $163.

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The Roselli Minnow

#R256; The Minnow is quite a bit smaller. The UHC blade is about 4 3/4" long, 13/16" wide, and only .039" thick. The knife weighs only 1 3/4 ounces. Even with the birch handle it's said to float, although I didn't try it. Again, it's supplied with a sheath, but would be a great food prep knife. $135

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The Roselli LittleCook

#R700; The LittleCook is handy for chopping and dicing. The wide blade can be used to scoop the chopped vegtables into the pot. The carbon steel blade is about 5 3/8" long, 2 3/8" wide at the base, and .119" thick. The knife weighs about 6 ounces and comes with a wood storage block. $88

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The Roselli Japanese Cook's Knife

#R710; The Japanese Cook's Knife is similar, but the blade is a bit longer and narrower. Again, the wide blade can be used to scoop the chopped vegtables into the pot. The carbon steel blade is about 6 3/4" long, a bit less than 1 3/4" wide, and .119" thick. The knife weighs about 5 3/4 ounces and comes with a wood storage block. $91

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The UHC Cook's Knife

#R755; The UHC Cook's Knife has a blade a bit over 8" long and only .060" thick. The handle is about 5" long. The knife weighs only 6 1/4 ounces, and wouldn't be tiring to use for long periods. This would be a good all around kitchen knife for the particular chef. It's supplied with a wood storage block for $189

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The UHC Kitchen Knife

#R756; The UHC Kitchen Knife also has a blade a bit over 8" long and .060" thick. The blade is narrower however, and is only 1 1/4" wide. The handle is about 5" long. The knife weighs about 5 1/4 ounces, and wouldn't be tiring to use for long periods. This would be a good all around kitchen knife for the chef who prefers a narrower blade. It's supplied with a wood storage block for $163

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The UHC Fillet Knife

#R757; The UHC Fillet Knife has a 7 " blade that is about 7/8" wide and .052" thick. it has a bit of flex, but not as much as the Minnow shown above. Despite the blade length and full tang, the knife weighs only 4 1/2 ounces. . The handle is about 5" long. It's supplied with a wood storage block for $163.

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The UHC Root Crop Knife

#R758; The UHC Root Crop Knife is a prep knife with a handy 4" blade, about .038" thick. It has the full size handle of the others, and weighs about 3 1/2 ounces. It's supplied with a wood storage block for $130.

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The Roselli Ulu

#R740; The Ulu is the knife of the Inuit or Eskimo. It's used for skinning and butchering game, food preparation, making garments, and anything else that requires a sharp edge. The pattern goes back many centuries. Like the Leukus, the Roselli Ulu is built much more heavily than similar items from other makers. The blade is about .135" thick, or more than an eighth of an inch. It's 7" wide and 4 3/4" tall. This is not your average kitchen chopper. The blade is about 5" wide, and it's about 4 3/4" tall with the handle. It comes with a storage block to protect the blade. $111 Out of Stock

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The Roselli Garlic Knife

#R770; The Garlic Knife is made for cutting garlic cloves, but would make an excellent detail carving knife. It would be ideal for the "carved engraving" often seen on wooden spoons and other kitchen artifacts. The carbon steel blade is about 1 1/8" long, about 5/8" wide, and .071" thick. The hadle is about 4 3/4" long. The knife weighs less than an ounce. It's supplied with a small cutting board and leather blade guard. $49

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The Roselli Hatchet

#R860; The Roselli Hatchet is a modern multi-task tool. Besides functioning in the usual way as a chopping tool, the thick wedge shape of the blade makes it unusually efficient for splitting with minimal chance of the blade getting caught in the wood. The cut out in the blade, combined with the rounded form of the head behind the cutout, make it easy to get your hand behind the edge for shaving and carving. It can also be used to skin and dismember large game. The stout edge is better able to stand up to bone and cartilage than the usual thinner edge. I would expect this comes at some cost in chopping efficiency, but most users seem pleased with the performance. There is even a small hammer face on the back for pounding nails or tent pegs. The handle is about 14" long and the cutting edge is about 3 1/2". It's supplied with a stout leather belt sheath. The whole outfit is quite light with a sample weighing about 1 pound, 12 ounces including the sheath. The price is $97 Out of Stock
A replacement sheath is available for $16
A replacement handle is available for $11.

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The Roselli Axe

#R850; The Roselli Axe is the same head mounted on an 18" handle. The extra length increases leverage, gives the option if using both hands for increased power. Interestingly, two samples I tested weighed the same 1 pound, 12 ounces as the shorter hatchet. I suppose there was a difference in wood density. The price of the Axe is $99 Out of Stock
A replacement sheath is available for $16
A replacement handle is available for $11
Roselli Blades are also available separately.

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