The Vallesmanni

Kauhava’s knife is the name for the traditional model lacquered knives with birch bark handles. The Vallesmanni is a longer-bladed version of the Kauhava knife with the blade size of 15cm (appr.6 in). The name Vallesmanni is local dialect word meaning a chief police. 

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Kauhava’s knife is the name for the traditional model lacquered knives with birch bark handles. The Vallesmanni is a longer-bladed version of the Kauhava knife with the blade size of 15cm (appr.6 in). The name Vallesmanni is local dialect word meaning a chief police. 

The upper ferrule of a horse headed knife is, as its name implies, a horse head cast from brass. Such horse-headed knives can be found in the early 1880s under two names, Iisakki Järvenpää and his cousin Juho Kustaa Lammi. These two men were the inventors of the whole Kauhava knife concept. They together invented, tested and manufactured these type of knives at the beginning of their careers.

There are many stories about where Horse Head knife originated. Of these, the most credible is that J.K. Lammi, while performing his military service in the Rakuuna regiment in Vaasa, saw a cavalry whip with a casted horse head at the end. He got the idea to apply the same implementation to the knife head. Together with Iisakki Järvenpää, they refined this idea and either together or separately, manufactured the horse-headed knives to their customers. According to tradition, there even may have been some larger order with similar knives in the name of those two different manufacturers.

On a larger scale, Iisakki Järvenpää horse head knives has always been made of different handle materials: from birch bark, birch, galalite, ebonite and bone. Nowadays the horse’s head is still the same model and the handle is made of birch bark with the lacquer finish. The decorations on the lower fitting of the knife and also on the upper and lower fitting of the sheath, are made by hand engraving. The sheath of a horse head knife is made of light colored leather with a decorative brass tip fitting and a traditional pattern in the leather.

Hiiliterästerissä on toimitettaessa suojaöljy, joka on ehdottomasti puhdistettava pois ennen elintarvikkeiden kanssa käyttöä. Puukko on aina käytön jälkeen puhdistettava ja kuivattava ja mielellään öljyttävä. Jos puukko jää märkänä tuppeen, se mustuu ja saattaa ruostua. Mikäli käytät puukkoa elintarvikkeisiin, öljyä terä jatkossa esim. rypsi- tai auringonkukkaöljyllä. Oliiviöljyn happoisuus saattaa tummentaa terää. 

Keittiö- ja kalaveitset sekä riistapuukko ovat ruostumatonta terästä, joka ei vaadi öljyämistä. Ruostumattomassa terässä lukee etsattuna teksti "stainless steel". 

Carbon steel blade is corrosion protected with oil. The oil must be carefully removed before any use with grocery. Blade must be cleaned and dried after every use. We recommend using oil for corrosion protection. If the knife is left wet inside the sheath, it will get black markings and even rust. If you use knife with foodstuff, use eatable oil for example sunflower or rapeseed oil. Olive oil may be too acidic and affect marks on blade. 

The kitchen and fish knives as well as the Game knife are made of stainless steel, which does not require oiling. 

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