Benchmade 200 Puukko customized

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  1. Shkwaro


    May 21, 2020
    Hey guys :)

    new to the forum, but not new to knives :D all started more than a decade ago with bushcraft and frequent trips to nature. And as you all know, Your knife is your life... knives became an obsession fast after seeing a Fallkniven A1 destruction video. Since then I bought several knives and knife blades to which I made a custom handle.

    Some time ago I wandered the web and got to the Benchmade 200 Puukko mainly because of the blade material CPM 3V. I also seen the video of stripping the blade clean of the rubber handle and it got me thinking. Perfectly small blade made out of a perfect material with a mediocre factory edge and a shitty sheath :D What if you would change the bad things to great like doing a full scandi with a very high mirror convex, saw off the unneeded length of the handle and make a custom wooden handle with a nice 100% leather sheath?

    When I opened the box that the knife came in I was pleasantly surprised by the weight as it is quite a light knife. The sheath was really terrible but this I knew in advance thanks to all the reviews out there. Comrade Dyatlov would say "Not great, not terrible." to the handle as its a decent semi hard rubber with a nice grip, that isn't that comfy once u start gripping tight.


    I still had a piece of stabilized spalted beech cut in 2 pieces from a larger material order.


    Stripped the blade after 15 min, cause I knew what I was aiming for :D Mora Classic did it in one smooth move and behold the naked CPM 3V steel blade.


    After that I flattened the wooden pieces, drilled holes and glued it all together with epoxy and steel bolts and left it in the rack overnight.


    This morning a lot of dirty work awaited me, but I couldn't wait for the finished thing :)
    I am hobby knife enthusiast, so most of my tools are manual thus its a long hard job to carve a desired shape out of a "stone" in this case hardwood filled with hard epoxy resin. Few hours later...


    I also sanded the factory edge into a scandivex that has a high profile. Planing to push it further to mirror polish, but that is a story for another time :D Everyone who has ever carved a thing out of wood knows the pleasure of the next step, when you let the wood come alive by rubbing wax or oil onto the surface and let the grain structure pop out :)


    As you can see, I have shortened the handle by a bit, cause I found it to be way too long for my taste and for the purpose of this to be a small "big" knife. The length and shape comparison to some of my knives (that you might know).


    Then the only thing that was left to do was to customize a leather sheath made by K.M.Saddlery (CZ) that I was using for several knives due to its nice "medium fit".


    All n all some work still needs to be done, but after sharpening and diamond paste stropping, short test amazed me, but that will be a topic of a different thread hopefully.

    Hope you like it and hope you let me know what you think ;)

    Have a nice blade day :D
    Last edited: May 22, 2020
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  2. Thomas Linton

    Thomas Linton

    Jun 16, 2003
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  3. akguy59


    Aug 19, 2017
    Looks great and if it's what you want then it's probably perfect.
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  4. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    You did a beautiful job, both on the handle and the sheath. I left the handle on mine as is as I rather appreciate the Santoprene, and used the original crumby sheath as a pattern to make a new one out of heavier latigo saddle leather.
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  5. jfk1110

    jfk1110 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    Looks good!
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  6. That's nice work. :thumbsup:
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  7. on_the_edge

    on_the_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2006
    Awesome job!!! Thank you for coming here and showing your work on the BM 200 as well as your other knives. I love the fact that you were not willing to settle for something less than what you wanted and that you took matters into your own hands to make the knife and sheath more to your liking. :thumbsup::cool:
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  8. NRGbasser


    Apr 18, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful!
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  9. Ruukuu


    May 21, 2020
    That spalted beech is wonderful. as is the finished knife. I love modding knives :) but i have to admit, that original knife is something to behold. The grey handle is a work of art. So much so im going to see if it can be bought in the UK...……….although i bet it ends up costing a fortune and i will just have to dream.:)
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  10. Ruukuu


    May 21, 2020
    Just checked......i can't afford it :) oh well one can dream

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