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AHTI KNIVES


Ahti knives are manufactured in Kauhava, Finland, which has a long and rich history of being known for knife making.  The Ahti knives are made by Reino Kamppila and his son, who operate a fourth-generation family business of knife making.  Theirs is a smaller shop, but they produce knives of excellent quality and workmanship.  The  carbon steel (0.8% 80CrV2) blades are hardened to about 59 on the Rockwell scale, and knives having stainless steel (X50CrMoV15) blades are hardened to about 57 Rockwell.  All blades are made by Laurin Metalli of Finland. The knives and their leather sheathes are works of beauty, and are visually appealing as well as satisfyingly functional.  The blades are lightly inscribed with the Ahti logo. As with most Scandinavian knives, the handles are made from curly birch, sanded and stained, and finished with linseed oil.  The fittings on the knives are polished brass, and there are plastic inserts in the sheathes to protect both the sheath and the hand, as these knives are quite sharp and could easily slice through both if inserted incorrectly into the sheath.  The blades have full-length tangs, with the end of the tang secured by a nut at the pommel. The belt loops aren't attached directly to the sheathes, but rather by a small metal ring, which lets the sheath dangle and swivel to make it easier to move and sit with the knife on your belt.


There are many video reviews of Ahti knives to be found online; here is a small sampling:

Here's a great detailed review of a 9618.

This is a good review of the 9608 and 9608RST.

Here's a video of a 9607, starting with an overview and then a demonstration of shaving tinder for a fire.

Here's a high-quality video of the 9607, taken from every possible angle.

This video shows the extreme sharpness of the Ahti knives: a 9608 cutting (not tearing) through toilet paper).

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