You can recognize the real KP-Tommi Puukkos from the knife smith's initials that are smitten into the blade. Now the initials ML stand for knife smith Marko Lindelä. He has a long line of ancestors with smith skills. Dating back to 1610, the knowledge of traditional knife making has remained in the KP smithy. KP knives, which are better known as TOMMI PUUKKOs, are made with the ultimate knowledge of knife making, making no compromise with material or workmanship.
KP- knives are made by hand from the beginning to the final stage. Material for the knife handle and sheath of each knife is carefully selected by the KAINUUN PUUKKO smiths. The KP-TOMMI knife handles are made from the root burl of raita wood, which is unique to the northern areas of Finland. Due to the lightly oiled finish and the nature of the wood, these knife handles have a warm, comfortable and firm feel. Each individual knife has a molded, hand fit leather sheath, made precisely for the knife. For each KP-Tommi Puukko, the knife blade, handle and sheath are handmade always by the same knife smith. The KP knife smiths hammer their initials into each of the Tommi-knife blades as a guarantee of their quality work. KP-TOMMI knives are still made with craftmanship that' s been honed for generations. The tradition continues in these razor sharp knives.
Knife smith Olavi Kemppainen taught Veijo Käpylä the knife-making skills that he passed to Marko Lindelä. Thus, the knife-making skills accumulated over the centuries of Kainuu passed on and the production of the famous Tommi knife continues under the name of Kainuu Puukko.
In particular, the blade making technique has been developed further so that today the blades of the Tommi knives are more uniform and really durable. This is achieved by controlling the tempering and heat treatment temperatures very accurately and by checking the hardness of the blade by measuring.
Nowadays knife orders come from all over the world. Many of the enthusiasts have acknowledged the skill of the current Kainuu Puukko's only knife smith and the high quality of Tommi knives. To increase this skill and knowledge, Marko is currently studying as Masterbladesmith. Often, the Tommi knife, which he produced and finely finished, is the top of the knife collection.