Wood Jewel Knives

map showing Kolari, Finland.

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.


Finger notches: many Wood Jewel knives have a notch or depression in the handle just behind the blade where the forefinger will sit. This is evidently intended to help keep you from sliding up on the blade. I prefer handles without a notch, and have asked for them when available. Still, some will have it, and some will not. If you have a preference let me know and Iíll check current stock.

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#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. $35
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#WJ-L; The "Children's Knife" is intended as a starting knife for children. The point is rounded off, but the edge is 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. $39
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#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 $40
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#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. It's only $45
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#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 $39 Out of Stock
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#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. $66 Out of Stock
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#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. $48 out of stock
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#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 $52
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#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. $59 Out of Stock
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#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
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#WJ-VV; The "Carving Knife with Birch Sheath" is a dressier version. The sheath has a leather top, curly birch base tipped with antler. 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
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#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
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#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. $55
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#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 Out of Stock
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#WJ-N; The "Little Leuku" is a stout worker, and would make a good skinning knife. The blade is about 3 1/2" long, 1" wide, and .130" thick. The 4 1/2" handle is sized for larger hands. $59 Out of Stock
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#WJ-KL; The "Bear Leuku" is a camp knife suited for building shelters and butchering game. The blade is 5 5/8" long, 1" wide, and .130" thick. The 5" handle is proportioned for average or slightly larger hands.$75
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#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
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#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. $99
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#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. $125
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#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. $49 Out of Stock
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#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. $35
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#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. $39
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#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 $29 Out of Stock

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