I first had the chance to play with the Son of the Nilakka at the Minimeet. It looks beautiful but the action was not smooth and the handle squarish. I was not really a fan. Especially as I thought my Nilakka full size was the perfect blade length for my use. Then I heard the … Continue reading Spyderco C221GPWH Lil’Nilakka — Pekka Tuominen’s Lady/Gentleman Folder.
As you can notice the blade of the Puukko is not tapered like the Nilakka. It’s a real different animal to work with. More strength to the tip for example.Even if I had never got any issue with the folding version which is one of my sharpest (if not the sharpest) of all my knives. … Continue reading PEKKA TUOMINEN IRON WOOD PUUKKO – A glimpse at the Northern Woodlord.
I have had the chance to meet Pekka Tuominen two years ago at the SICAC (Paris Knifeshow) but six month before I was handling a prototype of his Folding Puukko at the Amsterdam Minimeet. The design was very ZEN. For me it was like a Japanese hidden blade in a bambu handle. I was also … Continue reading SPYDERCO NILAKKA ~ C164GBN – Pekka’s Folding Puukko is a North Star !
This is the first Benchmade’s review for a long time. Why ? Not because of the quality of Les De Asis company’s products but because I was not really excited by their production in the last decade after a huge love with their AFCK back in 90’s, and also with Nimravus and all those blades … Continue reading Benchmade 200 Puukko – Call me Snake.
When I consider a new knife, I like to choose it in such a way that it conveys values that appeal to me; in synch with my mood with what I recognize as exemplifying a tradition, a nation; when craft turns into art. I also opt for features complimentary to the ones I already have … Continue reading Spyderco Lil’Nilakka – My Romantic Gentleman Puukko.
As you can notice, my Nilakka was developping a gentle convexing ground since JD had the patience to give a decent edge to it two years ago. But since, JD has sent me another video showing how tough well heat treated S30V can be and knowing how forgiving my Nilakka and my Wolfspyder were after … Continue reading Getting my S30V Nilakka back to Zero Grind.
You don’t need a reason to carry a knife. Whatever they ask you, just lie or tell them what they want to hear. In the woods or in the countryside carrying a knife, whatever your gender, is wise. But in the city ? You really think you will defend yourself with a knife ? Let’s … Continue reading Choosing a knife for the city.
It has all started when I wanted to review the Spyderco Gayle Bradley Junction. It’s a great design for an EDC fixed blade which can be used for everything. Easy to carry in its pancake constructed bolteron sheath. But the edge was just too thick for my own use. To my knowledge, SPF27 is some … Continue reading Tuscan Raiders #4 – Geometries, Gayle Spyderco Gayle Bradley Junction and whittling.