Well, after several months looking, reading, ordering, cancelling ( after a long delay on another knife), fate offered up a chance to pick up a custom made puukko from it's original owner, which arrived in the post from the USA last week. It feels strange, but how things worked out, I feel this knife was meant to be mine :-) I guess you all have that feeling from time to time. I am not a knife nut but wanted a knife to carry for bushcraft duties.
Custom Birch Root Puukko Knife by Jean-Marc ‘James’ Saingery. The 10 cm blade is a Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade made by Karesuando. The blade essentially has a single bevel edge, but the very edge is slightly convex. The 10.5 cm (at its longest point) handle is made from epoxy stabilized Birch Root, with a nickel bolster & butt-plate, and wooden spacers composed of kotto, an unknown yellowish wood, teak and mahogany. The tang of the blade stretches the entire length of the handle, all the way through the butt-plate. The darker top portion of the blade has been acid-etched (for a more “carbon steel” look). The bevel was polished by 'James' by hand (i.e. don't expect a flawless machine finished satin/mirror polish), and the edge has also been sharpened by 'James' by hand. I got the knife from the original owner in great condition.
More details from JM's forum here:
James' - Birch root stainless puukko
I can say I am very happy to have this knife so far and look forward to giving it a good working out ASAP ):
I just want to say thanks to everyone who bothers to post knife reviews etc because these have been very helpful for me to make an informed decision