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Polar Puukkos

Polar Puukkos

In the knife world, the word Puukko has become a synonym for Finnish knives. The word Puukko means knife in the Finnish language, so the term has become an extension of this. Over the decades, many models and types have been manufactured. Everything from luxurious handmade works of art, to more affordable workhorse knives. Generally the basic components of a Puukke are a carbonsteel blade with scandi grind and hidden tang, handles are made out of curly birch, antler, leather or bark. All goes in a leather sheath, most often with a small butt seam on the back. The Polar Puukkos are the result of collaborations between ourselves, and other Finnish knife companies. Everything starts with the Polar knife blades, made by Finnish Laurin Metalli for us. Most Polar blades are made from well known 80CrV2 carbonsteel, but some are also available in X50CrMoV15 stainless. Every Polar blade has a finer edge than normal Lauri blades, and this shows in cutting both performance as well as edge stability and retention. The next step is naturally to make the blades into knives. For this we collaborate with another company up north who make the handles and sheaths. Selected pieces of curly birch are paired up with leather spacers, and a contrast piece of silver birch, all with brass hardware. All assembled and shaped by hand, they are made to fit into the standardized hand sewn leather sheaths. As we get the knives back we inspect each one, and give them the same polish as we give our top of the line Trappers and Nessmuks. In addition to an oil treatment we also apply a generous layer of hard wax. This is to protect the wood, and also to enhance the deep luster from the wood. The Polar Puukkos are our version on the puukko style of knifes. Still in this day of age, a proud statement to Finnish knife traditions of old.