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Christmas/hyvää joulua Photo Gallery

Please enjoy the finest work from puukkoseppä and loyal contributors to Nordiska Knivar! hyvää joulua and Merry Christmas! Check back throughout the month, I’ll be adding more photos occasionally.

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A special thank you to Osmo Borodulin, our Santa Claus or joulupukki this season!

Tapio Syrjälä

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Saku Honkilahti

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Pekka Tuominen

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Otto Kemppainen

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Anssi Ruusuvuori

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Jukka Hankala

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Arto Liukko

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Jari Liukko

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 Markku Parkkinen

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Johannes Adams

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Jani Ryynanen

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Tero Kotavuopio

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Teemu Häkkilä

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Ilkka Seikku  

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Mikko Inkeroinen

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Jukka Hankala

I am pleased to  present a post by Jukka Hankala, one of Finland’s  finest puukkoseppäs. Jukka  is a master smith, one of the seven puukkoseppämestari, or master puukko makers of Finland.  His work is very clean and elegant and displays the highest level of skill and design. Jukka has been a smith for many years and offered these thoughts:

“I was born on my family farm and I grew up there, becoming a seventh generation farmer. Our farm always had a workshop, which was used for repairing and crafting new agricultural tools. That old smithy is now dismantled and only the anvil, the hammers and the tongs are left. In this area there is no special blacksmith tradition, there have always been blacksmiths in the villages and farms co-own forges. Farm cooperatives don’t have forges today, though.

As a young boy I have done repair works and learned from them. I also studied one year of metal work and worked for five years in a metal firm, then I returned to live on my farm. Later, I made a new workshop and put the modern machines. I started making knives in 1992 and nearly full-time in 1995.

I have always tried to achieve a simple design in my works, still it is not always so simple, as it displays errors easily. Also, I craft some jewelry for my wife, when I’m not making knives, as I was interested in jewelry when I was younger. I was also interested in drawing. I do not have a specific inspiration for my works, or if you think of it, the nature of this place gives me great ideas. I have named almost all of my knives with regional names.”

Some photos of Jukka, his shop and his work.

Jukka's Workshop

Jukka's Forge

Jukka Forge

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Jukka Tommi

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Jukka birch bark

Jukka puukko

Jukka Helsinki 12

Jukka Harmaa

Jukka Humma

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Jukka Hankala

Jukka with net

Jukka Hankala at The Helsinki Knife Show January 2012

Jukka Hankala at The Helsinki Knife Show January 2012

Thank you to Jukka Hankala and Federico Buldrini for this post.  You can see more of Jukka’s work at http://www.hankala.com/

Tommi Puukko

Kalle Keränen and the Tommi Puukko

Adapted from an article by Taisto Kuortti
Translated by Federico Buldrini and  Pasi Hurttila

Finland, 1870. Close to Hyrynsalmi, in the region of Kainuu, South Karelia, lived Kalle Keränen (1844-1912) a young self-taught blacksmith who had heard that a metallurgist from England  was arriving at Fiskars to teach the rudiments of forging and oil quenching. At that time Finland was going through a period of bad famine, so Kalle decided to go south, learn new things and look for better luck. He packed his ruckpack and set off on foot. He was about to march for 730 km.

It was probably Edward Hill, another metallurgist and teacher at Fiskars, that brought oil quenching concept to Finland. Kalle became the pupil of Thomas Woodward, with which he further perfected his forging technique and experienced oil quenching. Three years in the noisy south were more than enough for Kalle, so he soon decided to return to his forests and to his smithy.

Kalle began to forge knives regularly after his return from Fiskars and gave his own interpretation of the Kainuu regional style. It was a simple puukko with 11 cm barrel handle and 10 cm rhombic blade with slightly hooked tip. However, the latter peculiarity was later abandoned in favor of a completely straight spine. Kalle named the knife in honor of his master, from Thomas, Tommi.

His knives were good tools and earned great success thanks to the excellent quality of the blade. They became famous even outside its province and other smiths began to forge following his style. It is however uncertain when the knife acquired completely its technical and aesthetic features, now widely recognized. Kalle’s knives became even more famous and customers started to call him Tommi. With the passage of time the blacksmith became simply Tommi, he was a good knife maker and a good drinking mate

After his death, his son Setti continued the father’s work and introduced the larger models that would have had an important part during the Winter War and the struggle for Finnish independence  from Russian domination. The larger Tommis would have been used as short swords in close combat fights and as leave gift for graduates.

The Tommi is the only Finnish puukko to have developed a such defined own tradition and to be so famous beyond the borders of Finland. The eighth Finnish president, Urho Kekkonen, a eager hunter, used to keep one in a drawer of his desk and in various occasions used these knives as a gift for political collegues.

Today the tradition is kept alive by other makers as such as Mauri Heikkinen mauriheikkinen.fi/ Jukka Hankala http://www.hankala.com/ and Pentti Kaartinen http://www.tommipuukko.com/index.htm.   Veijo Käpylä at Kainuun Puukko http://www.kainuunpuukko.com/

As it says on Jukka Hankala’s website “Tommi is an old knife model, which has been made by at least 150 different bladesmiths in Finland. Every bladesmith gives his personal shape and form for the knife he makes. Tommi is very simplified general purpose knife.”

Thank you to Federico Buldrini for this article.

Mauri Heikkinen

Jukka Hankala

Pentti Kaartinen

Kainuun Tommi

Kainuun tuplatommi or double puukko

Setti Keränen

Monument to Kalle Keränen