Tuohipää / Stacked Birch Bark Puukkos

The first puukko I ever owned was an Iisakki Järvenpää Aito which has a stacked birch bark handle. It was given to me as a gift and I was taken with it. I’d never seen a puukko before and I thought it was just about the perfect knife and the perfect design. I was especially impressed with the birch bark handle, reminiscent of some stacked leather handled American hunting knives. Except the birch bark was nicer, it had a soft velvety warm feel and was easy to grip. The knife was a pleasure to handle.

I found that the use of birch bark  is traditional in Finland, and it’s used on several styles of puukkos and is very popular. As I got to know some puukkoseppä through this blog I was able to learn how these puukkos are made and post some tutorials of how it’s done. This post is simply to show some very nice puukkos with stacked birch, an appreciation of the form. The ones featured belong to my friends Bill Lecuyer (who started me off with the gift of that Järvenpää Aito) and Federico Buldrini who has written several features for this website.

Thank you to Bill, Federico and the talented puukkoseppä for making them! Look at Index Page to learn more about these knives and how they are made.

From Bill Lecuyer:

This puukko is by Pekka Tuominen. Blade length 90 mm, handle length 105 mm.

This puukko is by Pekka Tuominen. Blade length 90 mm,
handle length 105 mm.

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3B

4B

5B

6B

Blade length 85 mm, handle length 110 mm.                                                                                 Handle length 11 cm

Kullervo puukko by Veikko Hakkarainen of Tapio, Rovaniemi. Blade length 85mm, handle length 110 mm.

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10B

11B

13B

14B

From Federico Buldrini:

Puukko by Pasi Hurttila. blade: 97x23x5,2 mm, rhombic handle 110 mm tang at peening: 10x4,5 mm

Puukko by Pasi Hurttila. rhombic blade: 97x23x5.2 mm,
handle 110 mm,  tang at peening: 10×4.5 mm.

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F3

F4

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F5

Pasi Hurttila, 100x22x5,6 mm blade, 110 mm handle, 9x5 mm tang at peening.

Another one by Pasi Hurttila, 100x22x5.6 mm blade, 110 mm handle, 9×5 mm tang at peening.

6F

2F

3F

5F

4F

Two of mine:

Joonas Kallioniemi puukko. Blade 95 mm, handle 105 mm.

Joonas Kallioniemi puukko. Blade 95 mm, handle 105 mm.

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J2

J3

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J5

Puukko by Saku Honkilahti. Blade 90 mm, handle 105 mm.

Puukko by Saku Honkilahti. Blade 90 mm, handle 105 mm.

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S2

S3

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S6

The Iisakki Järvenpää Aito that was the start of it all...

And the Iisakki Järvenpää Aito that started it all…

...thank you Bill!

…thank you Bill!

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One response to “Tuohipää / Stacked Birch Bark Puukkos

  1. Christian Javier

    Thank you for this. I especially like the Honkilahti and Kallioniemi knives. It seems that the handles of most custom tuohipää are left untreated. Totally understandable as untreated birch bark spacers have a luxurious, velvety feel. Treated birch bark also has a luxurious feel though. It’s almost like leather.

    I am ambivalent when it comes to birch bark handles. Nothing beats them when it comes to feel. But I wish they also had the raw natural beauty of curly birch.

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