Leuku: A Knife That Does It All
If looking for a knife that would comfort your trips into the wild in every possible aspect, even to stand in for an axe sometimes, Autine’s Leuku might be where your search stops.
Leuku is the Finnish name for Sami knife which is a large knife, traditionally used by Sami - indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Lapland in Scandinavia. Traditionally it has a long, wide, and strong blade that is suited for light chopping tasks such as de-limbing, cutting small trees for shelter poles, brush clearing, bone breaking and butchering tasks, and is sometimes used as a substitute for an axe for chopping and splitting small amounts of firewood. Typical Sami knives have a blade length up to 450 mm and the handle is most commonly made of curly birch.
Autine’s Leuku knife has a 170 mm D2 steel blade, tempered to sustain low temperatures and cut bones. Handle of Lapland curly birch with brass and leather inlays. And, as is said in a review by Dutch Bushcraft Knives, it is “The Knife That Does It All”. Watch the full witty review here.