B.U.S.H. Knife Survival Puukko

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  1. Sam Wilson

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    Hey guys, here is a little project I have been working on. In brief, the concept is to use a factory made Polar puukko blade blank and attach one of my hollow handles to it, and make a simple pouch sheath for it.

    It is a very basic take on the "mid-tech" concept, which will allow me to get more knives out to people at a price point that will encourage them to use it, speed up production for me, give people a chance to examine/use my products, and try out some fun concepts.

    Here is a pic of the current version, 2.0. It has a slimmed down handle over the original prototype, and this one has a matching hollow handle firesteel (optional). So I am just looking for feedback on what you think about it. I don't want to get into arguments about hollow handle knives falling apart (mine have a proven, very tough track record), I am just interested in feedback, positive and negative, about this setup.

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    I thought a puukko would be a fun one to do, and I lightly tapered the handle going toward the guard. I didn't get too elaborate, as these have to remain cost effective. In the same manner, the sheaths, although very well built, will not have the same level of fit and finish of my custom stuff. That being said, everything but the blade is made in-house by me, all the machining, leather, etc.

    I will finish the sheath soon and post it up as well.

    Basic Specs: 3.7" Polar puukko carbon steel blade
    Brass guard/bolster
    Aluminum handle/buttcap

    Let's hear it.
    Sam :thumbsup:
     
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    Damn that is so cool. Traditional gone modern.
     
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    Love it
     
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    Thank you, guys. I am looking forward to getting some of these out there so people can have some fun with them. Good feedback so far.

    Sam
     
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    Pic of the sheath. Will have nice pics in the morning.

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    Thought I would post the final pics of this rig. Very pleased with how it came out, and in my (admittedly deranged) mind, this is a pretty good value. This sheath was hand stitched, future versions will probably be machine stitched. But other than that, I believe it's a lot of bang for the buck. Anyway, Glamour Shots without having to go to the mall.

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    Open to feedback, feel free to sing out, both positive and negative.

    Sam
     
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    I love simplicity. Beautiful, functional work.
     
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    Thank you, Jeff. Me too. And for the next generation I am thinking about using S35VN steel. I hope it works! :p:D

    Sam
     
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    What would be negative about this rig? What really puts it over the top is the storage space in both handles. What would be the price of this rig?
     
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    On the internets, people will find something wrong with ANYTHING, lol. Thank you for the compliments. :)
     
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    I absolutely love the Puukko design and have pushed for one over and over...the beauty and simplicity of this design is just pure function. I have a LTWK Kamrat in 3/32 and it is a carving machine...

    You sir have done a phenomenal of making a simple classic design all your own but still remains true to it's roots!

    Well done.
     
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    Thank you, Shane. I like the utilitarian nature of puukkos myself, although I typically take the grind a little higher on the ones I make. They are no-nonsense down to business blades, that embody pragmatism, to me anyway.

    Thank you again for the compliments.

    Sam
     
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    That is a fine piece of craftsmanship right there. I have to echo @shaneadams90 comments on the puuko design.
     
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    I really like the fact that when the blade breaks off, you can store it in the handle:D
     
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    Thank you! :)


    That's why there are two hollow handles. One to hold the broken blade, and one to hold your shame. :cool:

    Sam
     
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    That's very cool.
    How did you fasten the blade to the rest of it? How thick is the handle under the bolster before the cavity?
     
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    Thank you! I'm pleased with how it came out. I don't think I'll do much differently on the next one. Absolutely no offense intended, but I just don't discuss the handle attachment stuff anymore. I've explained it very openly in the past on the internet, so it's not Top Secret or anything. It's just that for some reason every time it comes up it turns into a heated conversation and everyone knows how to do it better. And they very well may, but this way works for me. :):D

    Thank you very much for the compliment.

    Sam :)
     
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    And here are some weights/specifications. Worked really hard to keep weight down on this one.

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    Thank you!
    Sam
     
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    I have reservations about the design. I think if I accidentally used the butt of the knife to tap a tent peg into place the shock would shatter the relatively brittle ferrocerium rod. My suggestion would be to replace the aluminum butt with stainless steel,allowing you to use the butt like a skookum knife. Secondly instead of having a ferrocerium rod in the handle why not put in a fire piston? It would certainly standout in the field of offerings. Just my 2 1/2 cents.
     
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    The ferro rod isnt inside the knife handle.

    Secondly, aluminum can absolutely handle hammering in a tent peg without suffering.

     
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