Wood Jewel Knives
Wood Jewel knives are made in the small town of Kolari, Finland. Kolari is located in the far north
of Finland, north of the artic circle, and well into Finnish Lappland. The knives reflect the Sami styles and
tradtions. They are designed by Kauko Raatiniemi, and the handles are assembled from multiple pieces of
reindeer antler and curly birch. The selection of wood grain seems unusually nice. The sheaths are
also in the Sami tradition, done in the deep pouch style that hangs from a twisted thong. Except as
noted, the blades are .8% high carbon steel, hardened to about 59 on the Rockwell scale.
#WJ-P; The "Little Knife" is just that. The blade is only 2 1/4" long, 9/16" wide, and .078" thick. The 3" handle is
built up of reindeer antler and curly birch. It's about long enough for a three fingered grip, and short enough
to palm when using the point for chip carving. The sheath comes with a belt loop. A sample of the knife and
sheath weighed just over two ounces. It would work nicely as a neck knife. $29
#WJ-VP; The "Little Carving Knife" is a small whittling knife with a blade about 2 3/8" long, 5/8" wide and
.109" thick. The handle is about 3 7/8" long, and is shaped to provide a secure grip. It's a nice little package for $39
#WJ-L; The "Children's Knife" is intended as a starting knife for children. It's the same knife as the "Little Carving
Knife" above, but the point is rounded off. The edge is still sharp. Of course it's up to you to know if your child is
ready for a really sharp knife.
The blade is about 2 1/4" long, 5/8" wide and .109" thick. The handle has a bit of a guard in the shape to
help keep inexperienced fingers off the edge. $39.
#WJ-V; The "Carving Knife" is a puukko with a blade about 3" long, 3/4" wide and
.130" thick. Again, the 4 1/2" handle is assembled from curly birch and antler with fiber spacers.
While it's called a carving knife, the blade shape is well suited for an all around knife. Current stock all
comes with a moderate finger notch. It's only $45
#WJ-VISA; The "Curly Birch" is a simplified model with a one piece handle of curly birch. The 3" blade is the same
as used in the WJ-V above. it comes with the same sheath as well. Because there's less
hand work in the handle the price is only $35
#WJ-J; The "Carving Knife with Firestriker" is the same knife with a fire striker mounted in a
wood handle that fits into a pocket in the sheath. Again, the blade about 3" long, 3/4" wide and
.130" thick. The blade has a notch on the back to scrape sparks from the striker. $59
#WJ-JV; The "Curly Birch with Fire stick" is a simplified model with a one piece handle of curly birch. The 3" blade is the
same as used in the WJ-V above. The sheath also holds a fire starter mounted in a piece of reindeer antler. $49
#WJ-VI; The "Big Carving Knife" is a bit larger with a blade about 3 5/8" long, 3/4" wide and
.130" thick. The handle is about 4 1/4" long and shaped in the Sami style for use with gloves or mittens.
While I'd find it a bit large for a carving knife, It would be a fine utility knife. The price is only $47
#WJ-LP; The "Little Lappland" has a wider, stouter blade. It's about 3 1/4" long, 1" wide and .132" thick,
The handle is a bit less than 4 1/2", and is sized for average to larger hands. The shape is a bit different,
and I find it very comfortable. $49
#WJ-K; The "Double Knife Set" has a small whittling knife and a basic knife in the same sheath. The
small knife has a blade 2 3/8" long, 5/8" wide, and .104" thick. The 3 1/2" handle is comfortable in my
small to average sized hand. The larger knife has a blade about 3 5/8" long, 3/4" wide and
.130" thick. I'm not usually fond of sets in the same sheath because of the weight, but this one works
well for me. It's not that much heavier than the large knife alone. $85
#WJ-VV; The "Carving Knife with Birch Sheath" is a dressier version.
The sheath has a leather top and curly birch base. The 4 1/4" handle
is very comfortable in my small to average sized hand. Again, the blade is about 3" long
and .130" thick. $85
#WJ-RIE; The "Handforged" is an upscale model with a forged blade and handle of considerable style.
The blade is 3 1/8" long, 3/4" wide and .130" thick. The blades are stamped with the maker's mark.
The 4 1/4' handle is a quite elaborate buildup of antler and birch. This is another one I'd happily take into
the bush. $75
#WJ-V10; The "10 cm. Carving Knife" is larger still, with a blade about 4 1/8" long, just over 3/4" wide, and
.130" thick. The handle is a bit larger in diameter and about 4 3/8" long. This would be a nice
wilderness or utility knife. $49
#WJ-V13; The "13 cm. Carving Knife" has a blade just under 5", 3/4" wide, and
.130" thick. The handle is a bit larger in diameter and about 4 5/8" long. This would be
a good knife for those who like longer blades. $59
Current stock of this model all have the finger notch.
#WJ-VS; The "VS" is a slightly simplified version with a blade about 3 3/4" long. It comes with a
two piece birch handle and antler pommel. $29
#WJ-N; The "Little Leuku" is a stout worker, and would make a good skinning knife. The blade is about 3 1/4"
long, 1" wide, and .130" thick. The 4 1/2" handle is sized for larger hands. $55
#WJ-EB; The "Sami Knife" is a similar camp knife suited for building shelters and butchering game. It has the same
blade as the Bear Leuku with a larger handle. The bulky pommel helps to control the knife when wearing gloves or mittens. The blade is 5
5/8" long, 1" wide, and .130" thick. $75
#WJ-LE; The "Leuku" is larger, with a blade 8" long, 1 1/2" wide, and
.130" thick. The 4 1/2" handle is proportioned for larger hands. As with most of the Wood Jewel knives,
the blade tang runs the full length of the handle, and is peened over a
brass fitting at the pommel. $89
#WJ-LL; The "Leuku-Puukko Combination" has one of each for any need. The Leuku has a blade 8 1/4"
long, 1 1/2" wide and .130" thick. The 4 1/2" handle is proportioned for larger hands. The Puukko has a
blade 3" long, 3/4" wide and .130" thick. The 4 1/4' handle fits my average hand quite well for the
more precise tasks of the puukko.$119
#WJ-FP; The "Fillet Knife" is an upscale fishing knife. The flexable stainless blade is 6 1/4"
long and only .049" thick.
The 4 1/4" handle is an attractive assembly of curly birch and antler. It comes with the
usual traditional sheath. $47
#WJ-F; The "Fillet Knife with Curly Birch Handle" is a more basic model with a one piece handle of curly
birch. Otherwise it's the same. $39
#WJ-92; The "Mushroom Knife" is for gathering mushrooms. The stainless blade is 2 1/4" long, and there
is a brush in the hilt to clean dirt from the 'shroms. The sheath has a neck thong for comfortable carry. $35
#WJ-92s; The "Curly Birch Mushroom Knife" is a simplified version with
a one piece birch handle. Because there is less hand work in the
handle the knife is only $31
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