I almost bought another knife at the gun show yesterday. The ‘Finn Bear’ is Cold Steel’s interpretation of the traditional Finnish Pukka knife, and for $14 I wasn’t sure I could pass up a chance to test it against a similarly-priced Mora Craftline.
But then I handled it.
The blade was extremely sharp. It didn’t have a traditional Scandinavian grind, but I’m not a purist when it comes to that. The grip is the problem: it has no guard, no finger grooves, and tapers slightly toward the blade. None of this would matter if it weren’t made of a hard, slick plastic with only the shallowest cosmetic texture.
As I gripped the knife, it felt like my hand was sliding down the grip toward the unguarded blade and serious injury. The harder I gripped, the more I slipped.
Here’s the Cold Steel promo vid for the Finn Bear. I’ve always given Cold Steel a fair shake here, and their Kobun is a truly excellent blade at an outstanding price. If the Finn Bear had the same Kraton grip material as the Kobun, Cold Steel would pose a serious challenge the mighty Mora at its own price point.
I would have bought one or two of them as Christmas presents, but I like my fingers the way they are and I suspect my friends do the same so I’ll wait for the (hopeful) redesign.
I hope Lynn Thompson doesn’t give up on the Finn Bear. Give it a grippier grip (and send me one to review?) and we’re all good.