Materials


Knife blades:

There are still some family businesses in Finland, most of them several generations old, that still master the art of forging and make their knife blades by hand. Yes, and there are young Finns who are learning the traditional craft of “Seppä” again.
I like to work with the blades of

Handles:

Traditionally, the following materials are used for the handles:

  • Birch
  • Birch bark
  • Reindeer antler
  • Elk antler
  • Elk or reindeer rose as knob
  • Bolsters made of nickel silver or brass
  • Spacers made of leather, nickel silver or brass

Very simple Puukkos often have a handle only made of simple wood – but very special ones are made of carved reindeer antler.
There are almost no limits to the creativity.

Knife sheath:

Elk or cowhide leather is well suited for the sheath. If a blade protector made of plastic or wood is inserted, a thickness of 2 – 2.5 mm is sufficient.
If no knife inlay is used, the leather should have a thickness of 3 – 4 mm.