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05-06-09, 10:46 PM #1
Since lurking i came across the category of "Scandinavian" knives and from being unknown have reached my top coveted knife spot.
I've been looking into them heavily and putting aside items like the practical Mora it seems to be the Karesuando name that stands out.
The knives look good, made out of reliable steels in both carbon and stainless and fairly cheap.
However upon further net-trawling i found they only have a 2.5 inch tang.
This upset me and i questioned the quality of these knives.
So my question is do Karesuando make a good quality blade in general?
And if anyone owns one what are they like?
It seems like the next purchase for me if a good review perks up this unbalanced reputation.
(Mods feel free to move, didn't know if it fitted into Scandi's or Prod)
05-06-09, 10:56 PM #2
I have only made one from their blades but the one I used looked more like this one, clearly more than 2,5" tang.
My eldest brother use it extensively and it seems to work, not that he is likely to be abusing it in any way.Making knives gangnam style..... apparently...
05-06-09, 11:00 PM #3
The "Kit" blade differs from the al-ready made ones it seems.
After re-looking the unhandled blade has a full tang but the finished piece only has a 2.5 inch tang!
The bit that worries me the most is the little guarantee saying the company will replace if it breaks....IT SHOULDN'T BLOODY WELL BREAK!
What does your eldest brother use them for may i ask?
05-06-09, 11:09 PM #4
From their home page I can see that they sell blades with both long and shorter tangs. http://shop.textalk.se/en/artgrp.php...offset_bottom=
My brother? Well everyday jobs, like strings, fodder sacks, the occasional deer hunt, fishing, packages, whittling sticks for whatever.
Welcome to BB by the wayMaking knives gangnam style..... apparently...
05-06-09, 11:13 PM #5
Ahh so they do.
Well then that settles it.
A Karesuando it shall be!
Just gotta decide how long i want it!
And thanks very much, I lurked for a while, Sponged lots of info, saved money and finally joined!
05-06-09, 11:15 PM #6
Yep have a couple of their blades and have always found them great value for money"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!'"
— Hunter S. Thompson
05-06-09, 11:17 PM #7
05-06-09, 11:46 PM #8
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If you have a nice blade,and you think you need a longer tang,you can weld an extra bit,or have it welded!!I like a nut in my tangs,and if long enough I tap it,or if short I weld or silver solder a piece of tapped screw!!
I think most scandinavian made blades are quite good to excellent!!
05-06-09, 11:50 PM #9
Thats the thing though.
I am not ordering the blade on its own but rather the finished article because
I am not really at the making and finishing of knives yet, but this will be an eventuality!
But thanks for the advice guys.
The best price found so far for the "Boar" seems to be £45, this seem normal to you guys?
05-06-09, 11:54 PM #10
The tang at 2.5" is long enough and usually you will find the blanks are shortened for to fit the handle design.
You can batton with one no probs at least you can with this one I made for a friend after he started it fom a kit
Bolster fit etc is OK on the models I have held but not to a standard I would be happy with if I had made it but fine for the money.
05-06-09, 11:57 PM #11
Cheers, well then it seems that is settled.
06-06-09, 08:17 AM #12
They're good value for money.
I'm not into battoning, so can't comment on that.
If you think you'll be needing fire wood take an approriate tool is my advice.
06-06-09, 10:35 AM #13
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I have a "Fox" model bought when I visited them a few years ago.
It is a beautiful very well made knife.
You should allways remember that those scandinavian folks never make substandard products no matter what it is: no "PRC grade" quality, no "tourist grade" quality, nothing.
06-06-09, 11:30 AM #14
I´ve found the Karesuando blades to be good value for the money. As scoutmaster has pointed out, most of the time the tang need to be shortened to fit the handle design or is modified as Albert explained.
In my knives I try to keep it min. 8 cm, so that covers roughly 2/3 of the handle length. I´ve used some of my scandis for hard and rough work, battoning and all that and they all stood up very well. Never had a problem in the field, but maybe it depends on the technics you use, too.
Think you can´t go wrong with the Karesuando and i double what David said as well.Cheers
06-06-09, 02:35 PM #15
They are very well made. I only said that the Moose is my bushcraft knife at the moment. Srtong, very handy, very sharp (obiouvsly being a scandy ). You can't go wrong with one of them.
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