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Cold Steel Finn Wolf Folding Pocket Knife - 20NPF
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- Blade Thickness: 3 mm
- Handle: 4 3/8" OD Green Griv-Ex
- Overall Length: 7-7/8"
- Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless
- Pocket Clip: Ambidextrous Pocket/Belt Clip
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Cold Steel President Lynn C Thompson has always admired the sleek lines and dependable, highly functional blade shape of the classic Puukko. Ever since our inception in 1980, this classic Finnish hunting, and utility knife has never been far from his thoughts. Over the years, we have released numerous versions of the Puukko, and now, in a design collaboration with custom knife-maker Andrew Demko, Lynn is proud to introduce a new folding Puukko-the Finn Wolf! Taking the classic Puukko as inspiration, Andrew Demko brought his engineering genius to a new, hard-working folding knife. Thin, super lightweight, easy to carry and even easier to use, this modern EDC (Every Day Carry) knife is perhaps the perfect "everyman" knife.
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A couple things to note, when I first got it I had a hard time closing the blade. I had to press hard on the lock to get it to disengage. After a while it did loosen up. It's pretty easy now. Also sharpening it will require taking the thumb studs off, but that's only a minor concern.
Over all the knife has held up well to daily EDC tasks, opening boxes, small cutting tasks, etc.
While 4X the price of a plastic handled Mora, there aren't many true Scandi-Ground pocket knives anywhere near this price point, and even those are nowhere near the lock strength of the Cold Steel Triad.
Yet this strong knife isn't perfect. Unlike the fine and hand-filling wooden handles of it's truly Scandinavian competitors, the Finn Wolf has an OD Green Griv-Ex handle that is a bit too thin in girth for long, hard use. Blade steel is Japanese AUS8A, which when heat treated properly is just fine for an outdoors use knife, as would be the 12C27 of Eka and Helle; Enzo ups the steel ante with D2 and S30V, but again its the hard use LOCK that sells me on this, plus the reasonable price.
The blade comes VERY sharp. Works well for feather-sticks, stripping; back of blade works with ferrocerium (firesteel). I've batoned kindling size wood (less than 2" with ease and no degradation of the lock or blade or sharpness. Loose the thumb stud... this isn't a tactical knife, but an outdoors knife, and can easily be opened with two hands - the stud interferes with sharpening and slicing through materials, too. I've removed the pocket clip for that matter - I prefer a short lanyard, and generally this will ride in a sheath (Maxpedition Single, Foliage) along with a short ceramic rod and a segment of fatwood and Firesteel.
I love it as it is, but if it had a more hand filling handle, even of GrivEx, it would be even better.
(FYI: Other Scandi-Ground folders: Eka Swede 88 and S8; Enzo Birk 75 and PK70; Helle Skala and Dokka - listed in increasing $$)
Update: As of 4/27/2017 this knife is a BEAST. Has served well in the woods for multiple tasks and is easy to bring back a razor edge. I love this thing so much I'll be getting another. Hopefully they'll push out a xhp version soon.
The biggest problem I have with it is the locking mechanism - it doesn't open and close very easily. Once it is locked it's extremely solid. However, unlocking it is a bitch and folding it with one hand is difficult. I have large, strong hands and I find it very difficult to press the unlock "button" fully. After you press it, you have to flick the knife to start the blade folding and then use your thumb to complete folding it. Very awkward.
For my money, the Buck Vantage Avid is a much better knife.
I wanted to love the Finn Wolf, too -- and, in some ways, I do. I like the pukku blade design, and I am thrilled to have it in a folder! But, the knife definitely has some problems.
First, the lock release is far, far too hard. After I've opened and closed it a couple of times, I just can't do it any more. It took a pair of large channel-lok pliers to get it to release the last time I used it. There is absolutely no reason for it to be THAT tight!
The other thing is the pocket clip position. Maybe this is just personal preference, but I like for a knife to ride low enough in my pocket that it doesn't scream, "I HAVE A KNIFE!!!!" This clip is too low on the knife body, and leaves too much of the knife sticking out of your pocket when you carry it.
I like the blade shape, and I like the feel of the knife (although it is a little blade-heavy for my taste). I was thrilled to find a Nordic pukku design in a folder, and I really, truly want to love it for that reason. I hope there will be a second generation that addresses the lock and clip issues.