Friday, August 24, 2007

Couple of late 1920's Kauhava puukko knives

I got a couple of interesting puukko pictures again... The first one is made by Jalmari Silla in late 1920's. He made most of his puukko knives at the beginning of the century, but this one is his latest knives since it already has the blood groove. The sheath is made by Rämäkkö.


The second puukko is made by Kauhavan Puukkotehdas in early 1930's. It has text "Made in Finland" together with the manufacturor's name on the blade and it has more of a "Härmä" style handle on it, so called "Hela top" (helapää). The sheath is made by Rämäkkö again.




9 comments:

sam_acw said...

Has there been a trend for blades to get wider over time? Those older blades look a lot thinner than modern ones.

American Finn said...

In my opinion and what I have experienced during the decades... the basic puukko has always had the same width blade. The length has always been between 3 to 4 1/2 inches. There has also been a wider blade puukko for just for skinning and hunting, but so many Finns have been so skilled with their basic puukko, they never used any wider blade puukkos... and most Finns are still that way today, though wider blade puukkos are more popular among the hunters today than ever before!

Chuy's Place said...

i have a 1930 kauhava pukko knife its ingraved on the blade "lak kauhava or lar kauhava" and it has a horse head on top whats it worth?

mike bragiel said...

i have a kauhava knife similiar to the one in the second photo but it has a ivory or bone handle. where could i find out more about this knife. thanks, mike

Anonymous said...

i have a knife like the 1920's knife in the picture but it has a ivory color handle. can you tell me where i can find more info about the knife? thanks, mike b

ACharig@hotmail.com said...

I have a huting knife with blood channel just like those illustrated. I have reason to believe it is close to 100 years old. The hilt is black amber with ivory rings, the scabbard is leather and engraved silver, and the blade is inscribed "Kauhavaan Rukkochdas". Can anyone tell me anything about it?

Andrew Charig said...

I have a hunting knife similar to those pictured. I have reason to believe it is close to 100 years old. The hilt is black amber with ivory rings, the scabbard is leather with chased silver ferrules, and the blad is about 7 inches long, with blood channel and inscribed "Kauhavaan Rukkochdas". Can anyone tell me something about it?

American Finn said...

Kauhavan Puukkotehdas was running in Kauhava Finland from 1918 to about 1935. It was founded by Somppi brothers.

American Finn said...

Blood grooves appeared first time in puukko knives in mid 1920s.