Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Puukko woodcraft knife

In the previous post I made a knife by forging the blade under the instruction of James in his workshop. James Wood invited me back to make a Puukko. A Puukko is a traditional Scandinavian style woodcraft knife that is a very useful tool.

The method we used for making this knife is to take a piece of scrap steel, from a leaf spring for instance, cut the rough blade shape with an angle grinder. Then use a belt sander to finish the shape and add the bevels ready for sharpening.

Again the process was fun and harder than it looks but it makes a great blade and James proved himself a patient teacher again. To finish the knife I used two gifts recieved from friends, a lovely piece of cocobolo tropical hardwood which I carved into a handle. The second gift was a sheet of leather, tools and the instructions on how to make a sheath for the knife, another interesting process.

After some research and a days work I had the knife finished and a sheath made for it.


  1. That's a great effort, mate! A knife to be proud of.

  2. I looked down through. ALL your work looks good!

  3. Thanks Gorges, much appreciated :-)

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  5. Hi Andy, thanks.
    I already read your blog and love the tools work that you do, glass arrowhead.. brilliant