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Although I am tempted by the latest GEC folder for my new whittling knife, it certainly is a great looking knife, I want to try a fixed blade for a change.

I have narrowed my choice down to three, although two of them are the same knife the only difference being a brass finger guard. I don't think I am going with that knife as it looks as though it could get in the way. I have been playing with knives for over 50 years now and accept the odd cut as parr for the course.Having said that I have just sent for a new pair of cut-proof gloves, I had a pair before and never really got on with them. Last week I was persuading a guy who has just started whittling to invest in a pair so I thought I should try to practice what I preach so will have another go.

The first Is this Juha Pertula Whitling Puuko

The blade is made of 80CrV2 steel which is pretty similar to basic carbon steel. Small amounts of Cr and V are added to make the heat treatment process easier. The outstanding feature of the blade is the double hardening. At first the blade is hardened and spring tempered and after that the cutting edge is rehardened. The cutting edge attains 63 HRC and the spine 50 HRC. Therefore, the edge cuts wildly and the blade won't brake.

This second knife is the same as the first but without the finger guard,

The other knife is a shorter blade at 58mm as opposed to 80 for the first two knives,

The Roselli UHC Bearclaw is a small, but also a very versatile knife. It is suited for cutting as well as whittling and thanks to UHC-nanosteel, the Bearclaw will maintain its sharpness when properly handled. Due to its small size, the Bearclaw fits in a pocket and is easily carried along. The handle is made from heat treated birch and coated with linseed oil to ensure a firm grip even when wet. The Bearclaw comes with a handcrafted sheath made from tanned leather.

UHC (Ultra High Carbon) steel is developed by Heimo Roselli’s own method through years of research and experiments. UHC steel gives the edge extra hardness and sharpness.

All Roselli’s knives are handmade and come with natural birch wood handles that vary in tone and grain.

Specifications

Blade steel

Wootz UHC High carbon steel

Blade hardness

HRC 66-68

Handle

Heat-treated birch

That is hard steel at 66/68, diamond strops for that I think!!

The first two are 63 quite hard as well.

Any opinions will be appreciated of course.

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The Bearclaw looks very comfortable, John.

Thanks JJ, I feel the same and have ordered it today.

I am unfamiliar with the Bear Claw but it would be my choice as well of the 3. The other 2 are certainly beautiful knives. Good luck with it.

John Bamford said:

Thanks JJ, I feel the same and have ordered it today.

Thanks Floyd.

Floyd Jester said:

I am unfamiliar with the Bear Claw but it would be my choice as well of the 3. The other 2 are certainly beautiful knives. Good luck with it.

John Bamford said:

Thanks JJ, I feel the same and have ordered it today.

At 67 +/- 1 HRC .. that'll be tough to sharpen.
Oh, you're John Bamford .... Never Mind !
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Very sweet knife , John.


John Bamford said:

Thanks JJ, I feel the same and have ordered it today.

Thanks for the vote of confidence Dale I am really looking forward to trying that steel. I guess I have spent enough time and money on the subject of sharpening now to cope with it. Pretty sure diamond will be needed though I have a couple of Belgian stones that could well handle the job. I was looking at my box of stones the other day and there must be £1200/1500 invested there. Amazing how far down that rabbit hole you can go.



D ale said:

At 67 +/- 1 HRC .. that'll be tough to sharpen.
Oh, you're John Bamford .... Never Mind !
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Very sweet knife , John.


John Bamford said:

Thanks JJ, I feel the same and have ordered it today.

Love my Roselli Bearclaw, but its not for detail work.

I often use the Harley Refusal carver from pinewoodforge.com it's a great knife for flat plane carving. I also have several Mora knives-tae Mora 120 and Mora 106 are often used. I also have one of Nick Westerman's 3" Scandinavian ground straight knife. Very hard to get though because they are in much demand.

The Roselli carpenter is a fine knife blade for roughing out and is often available in UHC steel.

Check out the WoodJewel knives at ragweedforge.com  I have the little carver and it stays sharp, blade is thick for harder use.

Thanks for the advice Lewis, much appreciated.

Lewis E.Ward said:

Love my Roselli Bearclaw, but its not for detail work.

I often use the Harley Refusal carver from pinewoodforge.com it's a great knife for flat plane carving. I also have several Mora knives-tae Mora 120 and Mora 106 are often used. I also have one of Nick Westerman's 3" Scandinavian ground straight knife. Very hard to get though because they are in much demand.

The Roselli carpenter is a fine knife blade for roughing out and is often available in UHC steel.

Check out the WoodJewel knives at ragweedforge.com  I have the little carver and it stays sharp, blade is thick for harder use.

Good luck on your search for the knives.

I've found my needs change over the years. I started with a Swiss Army Knife in 1973!

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