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RJames
23-12-2010, 11:29
Quite a simple query really, if I wanted to get myself a Leuku to try out, would I be looking to shell out on a custom maker or can I pick up a mass produced version a bit cheaper?

Wayland
23-12-2010, 11:35
The classic Leuku is the Stromeng (http://www.samekniv.no/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=52&Itemid=67) in my opinion.

Not sure if anyone sells them over here though.

Graham_S
23-12-2010, 12:27
Can't go wrong with a Stromeng, I've got one I picked up in Norway a few years ago.
Great knife.

sxmolloy
23-12-2010, 13:24
These may be an option. No experience with one tough: http://www.heinnie.com/Knives/Helle-Knives/Helle-Lappland/p-92-150-1108/

Graham_S
23-12-2010, 13:45
Helle make good knives, I'd not worry about quality.
In fact that looks identical to my Stromeng.

redneck
23-12-2010, 13:57
The grind on the Stromeng is far too obtuse! Most people who use a Leuku regularly (myself included) have forsaken this model and went for a Jarvenpaa or a Lauri blade and made one themselves..Those whom I know that still use the Stromeng have had the edge reprofiled into a sabre or a finer convex edge.

Wayland
23-12-2010, 14:18
Depends what you are using it for really. I have heard this criticism before but when I decided to make my own I still went for the Stromeng blade.

This is a heavy duty knife for hard use, it's not for shaving arms or whittling spoons. The blade geometry is based on many years of use by people who use them in very harsh conditions.

Mine gets used for stuff that would make most knife collectors wince including striking sparks off the back with lumps of flint.

I looked at a lot of these knives in museums and collections before making one and most of the edges were very similar although obviously heavily used over the years.

I think there is a real danger of obsessing about sharpening in favour of using.

Frederick89
23-12-2010, 15:01
Concerning custom made leuku I can suggest the convexed heavy duty leuku and leuku blades (5-6 mm thick) made by Antti Mäkinen of Kauhava
http://www.yp-taonta.fi/tuotevalikoima.html

and even more the leuku and leuku blades made by Pasi Hurttila of Ivalo (North Lappland), an ex wilderness guide, now full time blacksmith
http://www.hurttilanpaja.suntuubi.com/?cat=1

Two great skilled blacksmith and nice people to deal and discuss with.

Siberianfury
23-12-2010, 19:29
id be happy to make you one of these or somthing similar if you like.

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb151/siberianfury/195.jpg

redneck
23-12-2010, 19:41
Depends what you are using it for really. I have heard this criticism before but when I decided to make my own I still went for the Stromeng blade.

This is a heavy duty knife for hard use, it's not for shaving arms or whittling spoons. The blade geometry is based on many years of use by people who use them in very harsh conditions.

Mine gets used for stuff that would make most knife collectors wince including striking sparks off the back with lumps of flint.

I looked at a lot of these knives in museums and collections before making one and most of the edges were very similar although obviously heavily used over the years.

I think there is a real danger of obsessing about sharpening in favour of using.

Really?? I use my mora 510 for that regularly and have wrecked the spine of the knife, but for such a cheap price it's easy to replace..But I'd like to see how you do it with a Leuku!!..sorry for the thread hijack.

Siberianfury
23-12-2010, 19:55
i prefer the lauri than the stonmeg, has higher grinds so bites into wood deeper

Everything Mac
23-12-2010, 20:06
i prefer the lauri than the stonmeg, has higher grinds so bites into wood deeper

was just going to ask if they were lauri blades. looks good.

anyone know of a good "in use" video? can't find one on the tube.

cheers

Wayland
23-12-2010, 20:24
Really?? I use my mora 510 for that regularly and have wrecked the spine of the knife, but for such a cheap price it's easy to replace..But I'd like to see how you do it with a Leuku!!..sorry for the thread hijack.

That is my point, mine is a working knife and I'm not afraid of a few scratches on the spine. If you are ever at a meet / moot I'll happily show you if you like.

Again I could see good evidence of such use / abuse on examples in museums, and amongst an primarily bone age culture it makes sense for your one expensive piece of steel to serve many functions. The reason the point of a Stromeng is so obtuse, and different geometry to the rest of the blade is for punching into tin cans to open them. Although I have to admit I've not had cause to do that yet.

Siberianfury
23-12-2010, 20:25
anyone know of a good "in use" video? can't find one on the tube.

cheers

this is one of my leuku's in use http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJgZzqyNYrI

dorkingbushcraft
23-12-2010, 20:49
id be happy to make you one of these or somthing similar if you like.


are the two larger ones these ones https://www.brisa.fi/portal/index.php?option=com_oscommerc e&osMod=product_info&cPath=94_23&products_id=15 they look longer?
realised why large blades are so handy in winter and i like the look of those

Siberianfury
23-12-2010, 20:55
are the two larger ones these ones https://www.brisa.fi/portal/index.php?option=com_oscommerc e&osMod=product_info&cPath=94_23&products_id=15 they look longer?
realised why large blades are so handy in winter and i like the look of those

both leuku's are mounting lauri "hiking" blades, i prefer the hiking blades as the more narrow profile enables greater versitility at the cost of slightly less forward weight.

gsfgaz
23-12-2010, 21:00
:lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::joke: :joke:
id be happy to make you one of these or somthing similar if you like.

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb151/siberianfury/195.jpg

FGYT
23-12-2010, 21:31
ive made a few Lekky blades just under 9" long but with a longet tang so you an put a sensible handle on it for normal size hands ;) and waiting to see what the people who have them think once they have put a handle on
unfortunatly they aren really economical to make here ..seems the bigger the blade the less people want to pay for it

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o109/FGYT/Sharps/Lekky.jpg

Siberianfury
23-12-2010, 21:35
ive made a few Lekky blades just under 9" long but with a longet tang so you an put a sensible handle on it for normal size hands ;) and waiting to see what the people who have them think once they have put a handle on
unfortunatly they aren really economical to make here ..seems the bigger the blade the less people want to pay for it

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o109/FGYT/Sharps/Lekky.jpg

how much are you charging for your leuku blades dunc?

FGYT
23-12-2010, 21:48
delete some Pms josh and i will tell you

ATB

Duncan

RJames
23-12-2010, 21:56
id be happy to make you one of these or somthing similar if you like.

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb151/siberianfury/195.jpg

They look smashing... one of my main issues is that their is a whole load of blades on the market but I can't see me being able to handle anything. I really like the look of the middle one there

brancho
23-12-2010, 22:52
I own a Brussleto Leuku (not made by me) shown below which is the same blade as the as teh stromeng. I really like it bit the Lauri blades seem nice too I have just handled a 7" and have two 8" that I am handling at the moment.

HERE (http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=66038) is the 7" one