All Heiskanen knives are designed and handcrafted by me, Mikko Heiskanen. I was born in 1980 to a Finnish family with long heritage of craftsmanship. My ambition is to create Scandinavian style unique and timeless knives with high quality. All of my blades are hand-forged, quenched and tempered respecting traditional Finnish knife making methods.
Fluted puukko with Pattern Welded blade
Fluting is very old handicraft technique which is widely used in firearm barrels or a bolts. All the groove locations are first accurately measured and then filed and sanded by hands. Fluting is used in daggers and swords for ages and I don’t see any reason why it could not be used in puukkos. Before starting I was a little worried about how comfortable the handle is in my hand. After careful testing, I can say that my worries were futile. The fit and grip are excellent.
Pattern welded blade (Damascus) is made by combining two steel grades together in a very hot furnace using a hammer and a metal press. The result of the work is a very beautiful and durable knife blade with 270 metal layers, unfortunately it is difficult to see all the layers in the picture, but holding in hand you can see all the small layers of metal.
Modern Hunting Knife
After I finished my previous ”Hunting Knife with Birch Bark Handle” couple years ago I already knew that next hunting knife model would be little bit thinner and made with stainless steel. This knife gives still heavy duty feeling even though blade is only 22 mm from the bottom and 100 mm long. These blade measurements enables wood carving and still it can be used for skinning and other functions needed in hunting. There are tiny engraving area on the top of the blade to make sure the grip will hold for sure even when your hands are wet. Fittings are made of silver brass and steel is Böhler N690 stainless steel
Leuku puukko with 9″ blade (Black brown sheath)
”Stuorra niibas” is Sami language and it means a big knife. Sami people have created their knives to be suitable for light chopping tasks such as cutting small trees for shelter poles. It is used also as a substitute for an axe for chopping small amounts of firewood.
I have never owned a real Leuku, but I have seen many Sami -knives hanging in reindeer farmers belt in my hunting trips in the Lappland. Blade is 23 cm long and 32 mm wide from the bottom. Blade angle is a little bit lighter than traditional Sami -knife so it is should be suitable for meat cutting etc.
Hunting knife with birch bark handle (Tan colored sheath)
Because of my dearest hobby, I have had time to meet almost all conditions where a knife is needed in hunting journeys. Good knife is definitely needed when you want to make a temporary accommodation and spend a night in a five star back-country hotel at the fire. This knife is heavy-duty made in my knife scale.
First of all the knife is little bit curved, because it fits to your hand better than totally straight knife. Blade is 105 mm long and 28 mm wide from the bottom. With this knife I made some extra work by hand polishing the blade. Handle is made of birch bark, which gives a excellent grip even when you have cold stiffed hands. In wilderness there is no change to slip-ups, that´s why I made a finger guard for it.
Wirkkala style Tommi-puukko (Dark brown & Black sheaths)
This knife combines traditional Tommi-puukko functionalities with new open-minded and smooth design. I got familiar with Finnish designer and sculptor Tapio Wirkkala´s famous puukko which he designed in 1961. As you can see from the result my puukko´s outfit has been highly influenced by master´s work. Wirkkala´s puukko has received criticism from slippery handle, so in my puukko I wanted to use the best knife handle material which is available. Birch park. This puukko was also participating Metsästys & Kalastus magazine´s big Puukko- competition in autumn 2016 and it reached the finals.
Finnish Classic Puukko (Tan & dark brown sheaths)
I believe Tommi-style puukko with birch bark handle can be said Finnish classic puukko model with good reason, blacksmiths have been manufactured this model for centuries in Finland. Main reason behind widespread popularity is the versatility of model, it can be used in hunting, wood carving and many other duties. The Blade is forged to parallelogram profile and it is 95 mm long and 20 mm wide from the bottom with normal measurements. Fittings can be done with brass or silver brass. In the picture you see sheath with custom made rifled decoration and extra long blade.
Birch Bark Twins
I got order to make two Finnish Classic Puukkos to one of my customer, even though the old model is perfect without any changes I wanted to see could it somehow be even better. Previously I have used thicker and thinner birch bark slices in handle, but I have never tested what kind of impression two different bark quality is giving. In the right side puukko I have used darker bark in a way that every tenth slide is dark one and the left side puukko is more like the typical Finnish model. Which one is better?
This model got its name because many woodworkers have decided to get that model for their daily work. Some of my colleagues are making this style of puukko using only glue to attach the blade to a handle. I think the result is looking more prestige when the end of tang is extended using hammer and I also believe that the structure of puukko is more stronger with this approach. Handle is formed to teardrop shape and fittings are made of brass or silver brass. This particular puukko contains mirror polished blade and x-cutted curly birch handle.
Idea of puukko which could be impressive as well as massive matured in my head several mouths until I managed to push the idea on a paper. Broad brass fittings combined to black glossy sheath gives a ceremonial look & feel. When you are taking this puukko into your hand you can sense the difference immediately. Sheath hanging brass ring is continuing the same massive impression of puukko. To avoid too massive feeling I shaped the backside bolster concave from the edges.
Hunting knife with Curly Birch Handle
To create a knife which can be used to take skin off from a moose or a bear. That was my target when I started to design this hunting knife. I have hunted for my whole life, so I had quite high expectations to this survival tool. Blade can´t be too wide because it makes carving very difficult. On the other hand structure must be strong enough to chop small bones and tendons of game. Handle must be styled in a way that it fits your cold stiffen hands. When you are lone in the wilderness small slip of your hand can be crucial. To increase safety of this puukko I designed a finger guard to protect hands.
With this knife I wanted to combine a typical Finnish blade with Japanese-style handle without using any metal fittings. I wanted to create a knife which would be simple and usable for household needs. The most tricky part was match the wooden sheath around the blade with tight-fitting way. Compared to a original Finnish puukko this was clearly faster to manufacture because of less work steps. I have also heard positive comments from women about this knife, so I believe this could be unique present for woman who appreciates quality and craftsmanship.
Perfect knife for a gentleman who appreciates clear lines and simplicity. This idea matured in my head several months, because I could not find handle material which could correspond to my requirements. Finally I read article from Nordiska Knivar and realized that ebonite was answer to my wishes. It is glossy and durable and it is relative easy to formulate. Ebonite is a hard rubber which is used for example in bowling balls and smoking pipe mouthpieces. I ordered ebonite rods from Japan and I started my design work. I wanted to create a knife which follows Scandinavian style’s clear lines and endless simplicity, so I styled the blade and the handle in the way that the same shape continues through the entire piece. I think the original requirements were fulfilled in the result.
Knife of the Landlady
This knife model has served the Finnish women of the farms for decades helping them in the kitchen and household, wood is not used at all because it might have been burned on the hot wood oven. The whole knife is forged from 13 mm steel bar and only the blade is grinded. Handle is still unpolished and marks of hammering can still be seen.
I got the idea to design a puukko with sharp edges in autumn 2015. This puukko is representing experimental sharp rounded model with traditional blade type. Because I hadn´t seen model like this before I wanted to see how the structure of the handle affects the look & feel of puukko. Taking this puukko in to a hand is definitely something different compared to traditional knives. Unlike my other knifes I used Tru Oil for finishing the handle. Tru Oil is widely used for finishing a gun´s wooden parts, so the look of this handle is bit shinier than my other knives.