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.
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.
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?
Hunting Knife with birch bark handle (Facelifted)
After I finished my previous ”Hunting Knife with Birch Bark Handle” in the spring I already knew that next model would be little bit lighter and equipped a different kind of blade tip. This knife gives still heavy duty feeling even though blade is ”only” 26 mm from the bottom and 95 mm long. These blade measurements enables wood carving and still it can be used for skinning and other functions needed in hunting. I used thicker birch bark slices which gives different outlook although hand touch is still the same.
Finnish Classic Puukko
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. Although model is perfect without any changes, I wanted to prepare my vision a little bit wider bolsters than usually. The Blade is forged to parallelogram profile and it is 94 mm long and 20 mm wide from the bottom. This time I used thicker birch bark which gives a bit different outlook.
Hunting knife with Micarta Handle
I didn´t had any previous experience about canvas Micarta, before I started this hunting knife project, now I know that it is devil´s invention. It is time consuming to manufacture with all the work phases and after that it is still very annoying material to shape. After hours struggling I managed to shape the handle as I wanted. Although I have never owned Micarta knife I am sure that it is one of the most durable materials used in knives. In the blade, I used the so called fish-bone grinding for a first time. I wanted to ensure that knife equipped with finger guard is fitting perfectly is the sheath, so I decided to make a Loveless style sheath with double stitch for it.
Hunting knife with birch bark handle
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 profile is parallelogram viewed from the tip, which means that thickest point (5 mm) of blade is in the middle. Blade is 100 mm long and 28 mm wide from the bottom. 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.
Handmade Finnish tool for everything
With this puukko it was time to return back to basics. This Finnish traditional puukko model has born during last couple hundred years and there is nothing to be taken away or nothing to add. 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 silver brass.
White Micarta Knife for Her
This puukko is a prototype in a many way. I wanted to forge a blade without any grinding lines, so that puukko´s hand polished cheeks are solid in both sides. This type of blade is common in a knives, but it is seen rarely in a Finnish puukko. Interesting detail is that spine of the blade is very thick (5 mm) because the grinding lines are missing. Besides that, I wanted to combine this unusual blade type to even more unusual handle material in puukko, which is paper Micarta. I think the result is quite fine, although it took a huge amount of working hours like prototypes usually are.
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 because it is about one third heavier than my normal knife. 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.
Wirkkala style Tommi-puukko
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.
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.