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Yakutian Knifeblades

Yakutian Knifeblades

The Sakha Republic, or Yakutia as it is also known, is a vast area of eastern Siberia. The republics area is roughly a third of Europe´s landmass, while less than a million people live there. It is one of the most hostile environments in the northern hemisphere with temperatures of -35C being common in the wintertime, and temperatures downwards of -60C are frequently recorded. In this extreme environment, the Yakutian people have developed their own way of living. While some modernization has happened in the southern parts, much of the northern region are still very traditional with half-nomadic reindeer herders, fishermen and hunters. In this constant fight for survival, the Yakut knife was born. While the origins are still unsure, it is believed that the shape came to be by someone splitting a bone lengthwise, sharpened it against a flat rock, and using it as a knife. Traditional Yakutian knives are forged by hand into the same shape they have had since then. Our Yakutian blades come from the region, made as they always have been, 100% authentic. Hand forged asymmetrical, and also with a very distinctive touch of function before form. Each blade differs from the next one which give the blades character and a soul. These blades excel in every task from fish- and game processing, to woodworking and bushcrafting. In addition to the functional shape, Yakut blades are also made in a left- and right handed configuration. Traditionally, handles are made from relatively simple materials such as birch, birch burl or sometimes curly birch. The handle shape is usually a relatively large oval cylinder without guards or similar, which makes it very grip friendly with heavy gloves. With these blades you have the opportunity of making your own knife with a genuine Yakutian blade.