I wrote to Annsi Ruusuvuori recently asking him about progress on the English translation of his book Puukon Historia. The work on translation is nearly complete and hopefully we will see “The History of Puukko, Finnish Knives from Ancient to Modern Times” before too long. Here is a brief review of the book:
“His book is by far the most complete study on the history and development of the Finnish puukko. The book includes over 2000 color photos and shows an impressive array of local Finnish puukko models from the Iron Age to the modern times. Several of the traditional puukko models included are presented here for the first time.
The book is based on meticulous survey of several museum and private collections. The most important part of the study is based upon the unique knife collection of National Museum of Finland, which has been in existence since the 1830’s, but has never been scientifically studied or published in print until now.
The last part of the book contains a picture gallery where each knife is presented on a double page with high quality pictures from several different angles, a table with precise measurements, material data and additional information about the item.
The original 704 pages Finnish version of this book, published in late 2009, was enormously well received among puukko enthusiasts, collectors and historians and was nominated as one of the best Finnish science book in the year 2010.”
This English edition is otherwise similar by its content, but some of the less important double pages of the picture section have been left out to make the book more affordable. The English language version will include about 420 pages.
I am looking forward to obtaining a copy of this definitive work on the puukko and I will post updates on its publication as I learn more. If you would like to obtain a copy of the book in the original Finnish, please visit the publisher at:
In the meantime, here is some very fine new work from Anssi Ruusuvuori who was featured in an earlier profile.