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Marttiini Lapp Beinmesser Knife, 9in.
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|Item Dimensions||6 x 1 x 9 in||2.76 x 9.45 x 2.76 in||6 x 1 x 9 in||6 x 1 x 9 in||6 x 1 x 9 in||6 x 1 x 9 in|
|Item Weight||6.4 ounces||—||—||7.05 ounces||5.6 ounces||—|
9" overall. 4 1/4" stainless blade. Curly birch and reindeer horn bone handle. Leather sheath.
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Here's where things get more complicated.
I'll begin by saying that as a gift to somebody who isn't a blade aficionado and is probably not likely to subject the knife to anything more rigorous than light chores like food prep at the campsite, this knife fits the bill almost perfectly - perhaps even 5-stars perfectly. As a knife enthusiast, however, I have criticisms.
For one, the entire blade appears to be slightly canted to the right relative to the handle - likely imperceptible to most people, but if you're into knives you'd notice it before very long. Although I don't think that it would hamper the functionality of the knife, I expect better quality at this price. Along similar lines (and related to the canted blade), there is a significant gap where the blade inserts into the handle, probably about 0.75mm. This gap was all on the left side of the blade - indeed, it's what led me to notice the cant in the first place. When I got the lighting just right, I could see that a little further into the handle they had sealed the gap with some kind of epoxy, so at least there is less concern about moisture getting trapped in there. Still, at this price I expected better fit.
My next issue is related to the blade material. This is a stainless steel blade, although good luck finding information on exactly what steel is used. After looking around quite a bit, it seems most likely that it's 420 stainless - not 420HC, just plain ol' 420. Great for corrosion resistance, and likely to maintain that pretty mirror finish for a long, long time, but not very good hardness or edge retention. Case in point - I managed to dent the edge on the belly of the blade by giving it a stout shove into the sheath (there's a plastic liner in there to prevent you from forcing the knife to cut straight through the sheath; that's what the blade dented against). About 10 minutes on a fine diamond sharpening plate and a bit of stropping fixed it good as new, but still, that's just too soft a steel for me (I can abuse my carbon steel knives all day long like that without denting them).
As a knife enthusiast reviewing the knife that arrived at my doorstep, then, I would have to give this knife 3.5 or maybe even 3 stars: it looks pretty, but the quality and blade material kind of let it down. But as I mentioned before, as a gift to somebody who isn't a knife person it ticks all the boxes I need it to: sharp, beautiful, anf won't rust easily. Hence 4 stars.
My advice to you if you're into knives and want a nice-looking Puukko: consider a Iisakki Järvenpää, Ahti, Kellam, or Wood Jewel. If you're especially attracted to the curly birch and reindeer antler handle of this knife, then you might be especially interested in the Wood Jewel Handforged (#WJ-RIE), which has a carbon steel blade and goes for roughly the same price as this knife (at that price, I feel like it's actually quite a steal). Thanks fof reading, hope this was helpful.
I bought this one simply because I never had a Marttiini, except for a few fillet knives.
Normally I prefer carbon steel, but honestly I have so many already, and this knife was so
attractive, I figured I would go ahead with the stainless, and perhaps use this for the ocean
or river activities (no worries about rust).
The knife is pretty, no doubt. I immediately took it on a hike in camp out to use as my primary
blade to test it out. It did everything I wanted it to do. In fact, I started inventing more
things for me to do with it just to see how much more abuse it could take. I'm not big into battoning
my knives, but I did want to see how rugged my pretty knife was. It performed great. This thing also
came shaving sharp, and I did not have to sharpen it the entire trip, even though I was constantly using it.
Still haven't sharpened it, although it is no longer shaving sharp...still cuts through paper well.
It comes with a nice looking, well made leather sheath. I normally don't care for leather sheaths, and end up making my own out of PVC, but this is a beautiful knife, and the leather sheath really suites it well. The handle is very comfortable as they kept it simple and round, rather than some fancy ergonomic grip that is only comfortable holding in one position. The damn thing is so polished and shiny,you could probably signal a plane with it.
If you are looking for a well made, good looking skinning, camping, general purpose knife that is going to stand out and you don't mind stainless....then this could be a great knife for you.
I am giving it 4 out of 5......one star down, only because they don't offer it in carbon.