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Today I’d like to show a new knife by Markku Parkkinen. It’s called “Midnight Sun” and like all his knives is completely made by hand. He has used goat willow root burl, reindeer antler, Böhler k510 steel, intarsia work with gold and bronze to create this beautiful knife.
To see more of his work go to the Index Page and also check out his site: http://markkuparkkinen.blogspot.com/
Thanks for the photos Markku!
I just received photos from Markku Parkkinen of some of his recent work, four beautiful knives shown below. Thank you Markku for showing us your work!
Markku: “The Lapland knife is made of bronze, reindeer antler and root burl of goat willow tree. The blade is Böhler k510.
The materials of other knives that have reindeer leather sheath are bronze and birch bark. The one knife that has birch bark edges on the sheath has brass on the decoration. All these knives have also Böhler k510 as the blade.”
Markku’s website is at http://markkuparkkinen.blogspot.com/
I was recently introduced to the work of Markku Parkkinen by Theo Eichorn who met Markku at Fiskars Puukkopäivät (or knife day). Markku is from Oulu in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia and some of his puukko show the influence of the Lapland style. Please visit his web page at http://markkuparkkinen.blogspot.fi
Thank you for posting here Markku, it’s a pleasure to meet you!
“I’m 51-year old knife-maker from Northern Finland.
The zest for making knives started when my former co-worker persuaded me to make my very first knife. I started knife making in 2007. I started to forge blades in 2010. My skills have developed over the years through multiple ways: I have been learning with the professionals of the knife industry, something from the books and a little bit from the internet.
As an essential profession I am a carpenter, but I haven’t been doing carpenter’s work for years. I have been doing woodwork and other types of handcrafting for my whole life. My main hobbies are fly fishing and trolling. I have tied my own flies for fishing from early age and I finished my first fly tying courses in 1974. I have also been making wooden lures from 1978. I have been teaching woodwork, running fly fish lure tying and wooden lure courses for several years now.
I get the inspiration for my knives mainly from Scandinavian and Lapland styles.Sometimes I am inspired by more international knife designs, but I always give my own unique touch to my knife designs.
In Oulu, the place where I live in, the tradition of knife making is relatively weak. A lot of people in our family are gifted in handcrafting, but as far as I know, I am the only one in our family who does blacksmithing.”
Markku’s favorite knife, his salmon trout knife.
Markku’s user puukko.
Markku Parkkinen at work…