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J.S.Voutilainen

KITHmäkeläinen

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June is fast approaching and it is about time to get this project moving.

 

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Forged this out of 115 CrV3, because I didn't have any interesting scrap.

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Yes, that is how it came out of the forge. I tried to get the shape as close as possible because I don't want to grind the spine/spine bevel. Typically I leave the blade somewhat rougher if I plan on grinding all the surfaces.

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That's some superb forging! Paired with the tutorial you posted a while back, you're doing great things B)

Can't wait to see your fittings!

 

John

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That's a forged finish?

 

It's going to take me pretty much the rest of this life and most of the next one to get anywhere near that level of skill!

 

Damn!

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Blade survived heat treatment

 

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So far, so good.

 

John

Thank you. I've studied and experimented with different methods of forging puukko blades for years, and finally I have a recipe that works. That said, my forging experience is limited to small blades like this. I cannot pattern weld, at all. Couldn't reproduce the blade you made, for example. So, at the moment I'm a "one-trick pony".

 

I have to disappoint you when it comes to fittings, because I was planning on making a "Kokemäki-puukko" = KITHmäki-puukko ;) . That means no bolsters. Kokemäkeläinen is probably my all time favorite among traditional puukko types.

 

Juttle

I appreciate the comment, but, let me assure you, it will not take a lifetime. These are small, simple knife blades - that makes practice easy and fast. Trust me, If I can learn how to do it, anyone can. I have seen this with my own eyes when teaching other people how to make these.

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Glad to see it survived! No bolsters, no problem B) Seeing your passion for the puukko come to life is more than I could have hoped for!

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Ok, pretty much finished with the blade.

 

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I'm quite pleased with the result, over all. There are some scratches, and the shoulders are slightly misaligned... my makers mark is all over the place, as usual :blink: . But I like it.

 

Thanks John! Much appreciated. Hopefully I can expand beyond puukkos soon. I would love to try and make a seax. Don't know where that idea came from.

 

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That is a very nice blade. What the others said about your finished forged product, 'one trick pony' or not. Very inspiring.

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This puukko is almost ready

 

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Blade length 12cm, 13 cm curly/"visa" birch handle, brass pin. Because this one is heavily influenced by Kokemäki-puukko there are no bolsters and the shoulders of the blade have been left visible.

 

Progress on the sheath:

 

"Lesta" or last (birch)

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Belt loop

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That is a very nice blade.

 

Thank you. I like it also.

 

As I have said this is probably my favorite puukko type. Seems simple enough, but, in my opinion, quite difficult to do "right".

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Beautiful work so far, I'm starting on mine tomorrow and this is just the inspiration I needed.

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how thick is that leather? I made an attempt add this style sheath and it seemed took my to be just too thick.

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how thick is that leather?

 

It's about 2mm thick, maybe a fraction more. The trick with a sheath like this is to shave the leather progressively thinner from "waist" down towards the tip. That makes it much easier to shape/stitch the curve. I use a spokeshave like this:

 

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That wood core is thin! Excellent tip on the spoke shave. I'm always trying to figure out good ways to thin down leather, and I will certainly have to try this. A pleasure to watch your progress!

 

John

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This one has been ready for some time now. Here is one picture I managed to capture before I was driven away by a swarm of blood thirsty mosquitos. Arctic summer... *sigh*

 

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Hopefully I'll be able to add better ones later.

 

John,

 

It's a good tool for the job, but it has to be sharp. The leather must be wet for it to work properly.

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Thanks for the tip, wouldn't have thought of that! I would be thrilled to receive your puukko in the exchange :D

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