This post is about a puukkoseppä that was introduced to me by Tapio Syrjälä. I was curious about what Tapio was up to and the next post will show his latest knives and bring you up to date with his work, but first I would like you to take a look at the puukko of Danijel Haramina. He makes beautiful puukko of traditional and also modern materials. His work is very accomplished for a puukkoseppä who has only been working for a few years. Here is some information from Danijel and a link to his website Malanika.com I hope you will enjoy his work as much as I do.
“I live in a small village, Tuhelj in northwest Croatia. I was a hunter for 12 years and all that time I was searching for the “ideal” knife.
In the winter of 2013 I found bladesmith Karlo Ban ( Karlo ban website) and I asked him to make a blade for me. He made me a puukko blade, in three layer construction with silversteel core.
I made the handle by myself, that was my first handmade knife and by then I was falling in love with puukkos. Very soon my friends started to ask me to make knives for them and that is how I started. I also made a couple hunting knives but puukkos became my only interest in knife making.
I have learned a lot from Karlo Ban who sold me the first blade but I also study the work of Finnish makers like Pekka Tuominen, Tapio Syrjälä, Joonas Kallioniemi, Passi Hurttila and others. I use mostly 52100, it is my favorite steel and sometimes 80crv, but I plan to start with some stainless steels in the future. Some of my puukkos are forged and some just stock removal. I know that I have a lot more to learn and I hope I will.
There is no traditional sort of knife here where I live. My favorite type of puukko is maasepän, because it is so simple and light and at same time beautiful, just like a puukko must be. I have three of them, use them hunting, in the kitchen, the workshop, everywhere and now I’ll make a fourth for myself.
My second hobby is hunting, I enjoy spending lot of time in woods and I’m happiest when I have a chance to use my puukko. In the last year I’ve been making knives full time and I can say that I have most beautiful job in the world.”
Some photos of Croatia where Danijel lives:
Now enjoy a look at Danijel’s work! Thank you Danijel.