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This morning, with rain pouring down, I sat drinking a coffee when I heard someone knocking at my door, curious as I wasn't expecting anyone. I jumped up and answered the door and there before me stood the postman with a small package.

As soon as I saw the writing and the address on the package, I knew it had come from my very good friend Mikko in Finland, an outdoorsman of great experience who I envy for his access to the Finnish wilderness.


But I digress, back indoors now I hurriedly tore open the package and lo and behold inside I found a M95 Sissipuuko and a little cloth Finnish flag (nice touch Mikko!).

Now, firstly let me point out that SISSI in Finnish translates as Ranger or commando and Puukko (while this isn't a true scandi grind type knife) in Finland is now a common term for knife, becoming generic.


The knife itself had been used and my first task was to sharpen the edge, easily done with a dc4, some autosol and a strop! Next as you can see from the picture above my friend had whipped a small leather sheath to the front, this was light brown so being a bit O.C.D I decided to dye that black to match the sheath.

Once that was done and dusted I tucked a firesteel, sharpening steel, GI can opener and a little beta light into the pouch and popped over the woods to play.

Now I've only had this knife today so my review isnt "in depth" but I have to say thus far this knife has done everything I asked of it, and well.

Firstly I tested it chopping and it hacked its way through a standing dead Birch in minutes, then I tried a spot of batoning and again it was like a knife through butter.


To my mind, always a good test of a cutting tools finesse and usability is the carving of feather, and again this baby had no trouble completing the job with ease.

Lastly, kitchen duty, woodlore clones with their chunky spines aren't generally good all rounders and often come unstuck in the kitchen, not a flaw in this knife. It peeled spuds, sliced mushrooms and tomatoes and carved a roast lamb shoulder all with now expected ease and effortless ability I had quickly come to expect!

Some specs:
  • Blade: 150x25 mm, 6x1"
  • Total: 275 mm, 10 3/4"
  • Teflon coated carbon steel blade.
So all that remains is for me to thank Mikko for the gift, and to say that without a shadow of a doubt this knife will definitely become my new trusted companion!

It will need a few more tests, and a little more time before I can definitely say this is the knife for me but thus far the future looks promising.
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