Finnish Style Damascus Leuku

Product Description for Finnish Style Damascus Leuku

Maker: Kevin Harvey, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 98976
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 7.25 in.
Cutting edge length: 6.50 in.
Total length: 12.00 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.29 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.23 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.16 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 8.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 12.6 oz.
Blade: Ladder pattern damascus forged by Kevin Harvey from carbon steels
Bolster: Deer antler and mopani wood spacers
Handle: Skunkbush burl
Sheath: Beechwood sheath wrapped in cowhide
Description: Mastersmith Kevin Harvey is well known for his tremendous attention to detail -- only matched by his skill at design. Kevin lives in South Africa with his wife Heather Harvey and together they teach bladesmithing courses, with students travelling from all over the world to learn their techniques. Regretfully, few of Harvey's knives make it to the US these days. I was extremely excited when his parcel arrived at our gallery.
This hand forged Finnish style Leuku is a perfect tool for outdoors and survival situations. This traditional knife comes from the northern parts of Finland, Sweden and Norway. This large knife was traditionally used by Sami - indigenous migratory Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Lapland in Scandinavia. The Leuku is suited for light chopping tasks such as de-limbing, cutting small trees for shelter poles, brush clearing, bone breaking and butchering tasks, and is sometimes used as a substitute for an axe for chopping and splitting small amounts of firewood.
The 7-1/4 inch drop point blade is forged from Kevin's own ladder pattern damascus forged from carbon steels to provide excellent edge retention. The bold, high contrast pattern is immediately captivating. A differential heat treatment provides a long last edge and a soft supportive spine for heavier duty tasks. The spine has been rounded to provide a comfortable grip.
The handle is constructed from a large section of skunkbush burl (Rhus trilobata). This wood is well known for its medicinal properties, edible berries, and flexible branches that could be commonly woven into baskets. The burl is surrounded by spacers made from African mopani wood (Colophospermum mopane) and a guard and buttcap carved from deer antler. The stacked handle is so comfortable you won't want to put this knife down!
To keep the knife close at hand and safe during transportation, a beechwood sheath wrapped in cowhide has been included. The sheath features scrollwork along the front and a swinger style belt loop for carry, which makes it easy to carry the knife when sitting down. The knife slides into the sheath with a satisfying 'click'.
Excellent work throughout!

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