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Old 01-14-2009, 07:18 AM
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To start off id just like to say that i love both styles of knife.

I have used a puukko for a good few years and it has never let me down yet,ive also used the English bushcraft knife for many years.


The Finnish Puukko

The puukko has a strait blade with the point at the top,it has a stick tang and the handles are very basic and useally made of birch, it is one of the best knives ive ever owned and used.

Some think that the stick tang and birch handles are an advantage in that in a cold climate your hand does no get as cold as a full tang and birch is a warm wood.

Now the Puukko has got to be a good knife as rain deer herders have used them for hundred of years.

The English Bushcraft knife.

The English Bushcraft knife is not a new design as some may think,it is a very old design but the word Bushcraft is a relitively new name for an old knife.

this knife has a full tang and hard wood is usally used as the handle material,the blade has a central drop point.

Some think its full tang design is better than a stick tang.

I have also used the English type bushcraft knife for many years and this knife has also never let me down.

My thoughts.

I like to think that im being none biased here.?

I would pick the English bushcraft knife and the Finnish puukko of all the knives ive seen and had the pleasure to use,because both knives have been tried and tested over time by me.

If i had to pick out of the two,id pick the English bushcraft knife,the reasons for this are these.

If you break the handle on a stick tang it is harder to repair in the sticks,the full tang can be rapped with cord and you still have a full sized handle to work with and,i think it is a stronger construction.

The shape of the handle seems to be a safer option if you are stabbing and has more secure points ie two rivets and lanyard tube and is shaped to the hand.

The blade shape being a drop point is better for gutting as the shape helps in not cutting the gut lining,were as the puukkos point is at the top of the blade.

So all in all i think the English bushcraft knife is a strong all round knife, i would make this my first choise of knife,but by no means would i not take a Finnish puukko into the sticks as they are also great outdoor knives.

I would say that my choise may not be yours and it is all down to personal prefrience.
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I agree with you.
My woodie is a robust knife and will take some effort to break. The full tang is a bonus.
Most of the Scandi blades are quite slim, but each knife to its own aplication.
They both suit bushcraft and different but similar tasks (if you know what I mean).
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Good post mate When you say English Bushcraft I take it you refer to the Woodlore type blades? Having never used either I have no opinion either way, other than you could well be right regarding field expediant repair to a handle.

I dont know the breakage rate of the finnish knives I'd guess at rare but only based on reputation like I say I have no experience with them.

I'd still rather take my khukri
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Good post mate When you say English Bushcraft I take it you refer to the Woodlore type blades? Having never used either I have no opinion either way, other than you could well be right regarding field expediant repair to a handle.

I dont know the breakage rate of the finnish knives I'd guess at rare but only based on reputation like I say I have no experience with them.

I'd still rather take my khukri
Each to his own

Ive also used a kukri in the field and they are very good but a little hard to sharpen,id much rather take my malay knife as it is very easy to sharpen in the field.
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Each to his own

Ive also used a kukri in the field and they are very good but a little hard to sharpen,id much rather take my malay knife as it is very easy to sharpen in the field.
But but Yours is bigger than mine ....



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But but Yours is bigger than mine ....



But I still love my baby
But but yours is bigger than mine.... Thats what they tell me....

nice collection you got there smudge.

Is that the MOD survival knife i spy there.?

I bloody well lost mine
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Yes mate thats the MOD beast, people love em or hate em and I LuuurrrRV mine!
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Yes mate thats the MOD beast, people love em or hate em and I LuuurrrRV mine!
Its the bevel angle that seems to put people off,well you know me i just re-ground mine,they are good knives and i like them and will be getting another one.
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You do have some good points re: the English knives. I have never seen/handled one in person, but yours look very strong and rugged. I can see why this style of knife is popular in the UK and elsewhere.

Love that beast of a MOD survival knife too!
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You do have some good points re: the English knives. I have never seen/handled one in person, but yours look very strong and rugged. I can see why this style of knife is popular in the UK and elsewhere.

Love that beast of a MOD survival knife too!
Smudge is lucky he still has his,mine went missing
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I like the look of woodloretype fulltang-knives. Metal between scales is just cool looking. I will stick on puukko for following reasons:

1) I want to follow finnish tradition cause I am a Fin.
2) Winters here are really cold and full tang feels colder, thatīs true.
3) I have never broke any proper puukko and itīs possible to make handle for stick tang also, if that happens (mostly I have SAK as backup)
4) puukko knives are MUCH more easier to find here in Finland than any proper full tang knives which are then mostly overpriced.

But if I happen to have english fulltang knife I would definitely use it along with my puukkos..
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I like the look of woodloretype fulltang-knives. Metal between scales is just cool looking. I will stick on puukko for following reasons:

1) I want to follow finnish tradition cause I am a Fin.
2) Winters here are really cold and full tang feels colder, thatīs true.
3) I have never broke any proper puukko and itīs possible to make handle for stick tang also, if that happens (mostly I have SAK as backup)
4) puukko knives are MUCH more easier to find here in Finland than any proper full tang knives which are then mostly overpriced.

But if I happen to have english fulltang knife I would definitely use it along with my puukkos..
The woodlore is nothing new here and from my searching and investigating the woodlore is based on traditional English knives but with a curtain name put to them then they become over priced.


FinnMan i still love my Puukko.
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I agree with your reasoning there Sticks, but then again I use a knife with a thin tang and a clip point so go figure.

But I will be making a knife following the bushcraft lines some time in the future as i think that is the best all round design for a knife.
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As You were Gentleman,
I have both styles,,,the Cold Steel Sisu Puukko and a Blind Horse Bushcrafter,,,,and I have to agree with your opinion,,,the English style knife is my favorite bushcraft knife,,,with a scandy grind of course. Thanx for the reminder,,,,Paul but my friends calle'me Paulie
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As You were Gentleman,
Smudge,,,Kukri is a great knife to take into the wilderness,,,but a bit heavy ,,,I too carry more then one knife into the woods,,,my English style blade for bushcraft,,,and a larger one for wood processing,,,depending where and how long of a trip it will be,,,on a long trip I like the following knives,,,my. Ontario Ranger Afghan 5" 5160 steel with a great finger coil so I can choke up on it,,,Ontario Ranger RD9 9" 5160 steel,,, Great chopper and batoning knife,,a Pocket Boy saw,,,and my G.B. Small Forest axe,,,I believe going into the wilderness with one knife is like going to a dentist with one tool,,,on short trips and depends on what I'm doing,,,I lighten the load, and most trips I'n not even close to my car,,,Thanx Smudge for reminding me of my Kukri I use in the woods.,,,Paul but my friends calle'me Paulie
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I have a krukri but I fear it's a wall hanger from the 70s chrome over steel buffalo horn handle and such .Not one I'd haul in the bush .
My own personal favorite is a western bowie full tang . You KNOW ou have a hand full of knife .
But it is not the only knife I carry in the bush , the rest are old hand made from files, and some specialty blades .
I'm Just silly that way.
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