For the handle:

  • Blade protection made of polyester yarn and adhesive tape
  • Key file set
  • Drilling machine with wood and metal drill bit
  • Fine Saw or PUK Saw (for wood and horn)
  • Metal saw or cutting disc (to shorten the tang)
  • 2 components adhesive e.g. Araldit
  • Bar-or screw clamp or self-made clamping tool
  • Wooden rasp and file
  • Sandpaper
  • Linseed oil – I use very simple baby oil (e.g. from Johnson’s)

The Dremel with its various accessories is a fantastic helper!

For the sheath:

  • Saddler needles 2 pcs. (plus reserve)
  • Stitching awl
  • Waxed linen thread
  • Glue clamps
  • Household film
  • „Juchtenglanz“ or leather grease

I made my first Puukko exclusively with hand tools. Of course, not everything was as successful as I would have wished….
Meanwhile I have the possibility to use a band saw, a vertical drilling machine and a belt grinding machine as welcome aids.

Shit Happens

typical beginner’s mistakes

Materials of different hardness:

Cork and vulcanized fiber as spacers between wood or horn are somewhat more delicate to work with. If cork is used as a spacer, it must not be too thick because
If the handle is not clamped correctly for hardening, this can lead to an unpleasant result (see illustration) or it can crumble during grinding. Instead of cork I prefer leather as spacer. It is important that materials of different hardness are sanded diagonally at their interface.


The fit is not correct and the bolster slips backwards:

Especially with hand-forged knives it is not easy to give the fit (bolster) the correct grinding. Since the tang often becomes narrower towards the blade, it is unavoidable that small gaps occur. It is therefore important to make sure that the bolster (or whatever the first part is) does not shift upwards during clamping, thus creating a (too large) gap between the blade and handle.


Irregular pressure during clamping:

When I used a rose as a knob for the first time, I had tried to glue everything in one operation and with the help of a wedge to distribute the pressure evenly when clamping.
That didn’t work so well…. I find it easier to glue all parts except the knob and put on the rose in a second step.

Materials of different hardness
The fit is not correct, the bolster slips backwards resulting in a unpractical gap