No Puukko posts for many moons, thought I would wake it up.
I found my first Puukko knife at a monthly swap meet in Burbank Ca. in May 1993, I paid $15.00. After arriving home, I did a little research on it through Bernard Levine's third edition book. The results were very interesting but I wanted to acquire more information and knowledge. However, there was no internet at this time. So I went to the local Library, with the assistance of the staff I was given the address of "The Norwegian Forestry Museum" in Norway.
I sent a picture and a drawing of my knife to the Museum in Norway on 07/10/1993. (Pictured below)
A few weeks later in late July 1993 I received a package in the mail from Mr. Magne Rugsveen, The Norwegian Forestry Museum Curator containing two magazines and a very descriptive response from my letter. His letter in posted below on two pages.
As the years went by I have obtained other Puukko's knives and a Burl handled Swedish barrel knife.
The internet auction sites have hundreds of Puukko's for sale, however I prefer to discover them at swap meets and flea markets. The fun is in the hunt.
Because of their acceptance worldwide they have been copied in both style and detail in Europe, Asia and the U.S.
Below is my current collection.
Knife Magazine AKA "Knife World" has written two articles in the past pertaining to Finnish / Norwegian Knives.
(1) April 1993: "Norwegian Knives" by Eiler R. Cook.
(2) February 1994: "The Puukko" by Carl Levitan.
Being a member of Knife Magazine for many years I am fortunate to have the original issues. If you are a member of Knife Magazine you can view them online through their website. I believe that have all their past magazines online now.
The below leather sheath is decorated with "Reindeer Fur" You may have a similar sheath with four (4) protruding points located at the lower end of the sheath. The four points signify the four directions of the wind- North, South, East, West and is common on many Puukko sheaths.
It's always important to know what you don't know.