There is method to my editorial madness, I ran my “Know your Knives” piece on the Puukko with plans on posting this release today. I had the opportunity to see and hold TOPS Knives’ new take on the style at both BLADE Show and on my recent TOPS factory visit.
The new TOPS Knives Tanimboca Puukko has just been released to the public, as this latest press release describes.
Traditional Puukko, meets Colombian jungle, meets TOPS Knives
The Puukko is a style of knife originally developed in Scandinavia that has definitely withstood the test of time. Its simplistic design is both useful and intuitive. TOPS has teamed up with Goran Mihajlovic. He is originally from Serbia, grew up in Germany, and is now living in Colombia. He has been a knife user and enthusiast his whole life and in recent years has been making knives at his forge in the Amazon jungle. He prefers Puukkos for their ability to perform well at large variety of cutting tasks. The TOPS version of his design mixes traditional elements with TOPS’ style. Once you get your hands on one, you’ll know why TOPS is so excited to make it.
Pick yours up today from an authorized TOPS Knives Dealer or at www.topsknives.com/tanimboca-puukko
- Overall Length: 7.75”
- Blade Length: 3.63”
- Cutting Edge: 3.50”
- Blade Thickness: 0.13”
- Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
- Blade Finish: Tumble Finish
- Handle Material: Tan Canvas Micarta
- Knife Weight: 5.1oz
- Weight w/ Sheath: 7.6oz
- Sheath Material: Brown Leather
- Sheath Clip: Belt Loop
- Designer: Goran Mihajlovic
- MSRP: $150
Puukkos are a style of knife originally developed in Scandinavia. Through the years, they have remained largely unchanged. Characteristically, they are Scandi ground knives with thick, round wooden handles. Most do not have a finger guard, which allow the person using it to get their hand as close to the cutting edge as possible. This gives the user very precise and controlled cutting. Its simplistic design is both useful and intuitive and has definitely withstood the test of time.
To make the Tanimboca Puuko, TOPS has teamed up with Goran Mihajlovic. Goran is originally from Serbia, but grew up in Germany. He has lived in Colombia now for the last 20 plus years. He owns a nature reserve called Tanimboca that houses hundreds if not thousands of species of plant, animal, and insect. Throughout his entire life, he has been a knife user and enthusiast. In recent years he has begun making knives at his forge in the Amazon jungle. He prefers Puukkos for their ability to perform well at large variety of cutting tasks.
The TOPS version of his design mixes traditional elements with TOPS’ style. It has the classic Puukko blade with a very slight clip point. The spine is ground to 90 degrees for scraping tasks. Well-rounded Tan Canvas Micarta handles with red liners honor the traditional style. The knife sits deep in the leather sheath. Add a breakaway chain or paracord and it can easily be worn as a neck knife when needed. Once you get your hands on the Tanimboca Puukko, you won’t want to put it down.
It will be interesting to see if the higher saber-grind performs better in cutting tasks than the traditional scandi. I anticipate yes.