GB2 Metsä Puukko by HoboForge

(17 customer reviews)


This is the newest model with the return to the Scandinavian Grind. The Traditional Scandinavian grind was done by hand (as is this one) and has a very slight convexity to the grind for added strength.



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GB2 Metsä Puukko by HoboForge

“GB2” is a nickname given to the “Gray Bearded Green Beret” by the community. It was first shortened to “GBGB” and then “GB squared” before settling on GB2.

The puukko is a small, general-purpose belt knife of Finnish origin. Traditionally, it has a single continuous curve blade, Scandinavian grind, with a flat spine and a hidden tang. The blade shape and grind are great choices for a knife that is meant for slicing, cutting, and whittling wood.

The traditional length of the puukko blade is the width of one’s palm. The knife typically does not have a ricasso or finger guard as it is meant for slicing (which is a pull stroke) and not for stabbing or thrusting (which is a push stroke). The puukko with no finger guard is something that is “graduated up to” for people that have good knife skills and will use this tool as intended, for slicing and cutting (and not stabbing or thrusting).

The was designed and originally made by me, for me, to capture the essence of this traditional knife. This version adds features that enhance the strength, durability, and overall usefulness of the knife. The term metsä is the Finnish term for “forest”, so it only made sense to call this knife the GB2 Metsä Puukko. This is my take on the traditional puukko, purpose-built for use in the forest.

The GB2 Metsä Puukko is made from simple 1095 steel with a rugged hammered finish; it replaces the hidden tang with a full tang; the flat spine has an ever so slight drop on the point to bring it a bit closer to center without sacrificing the continuous curve on the edge. The spine has been sharpened to a crisp 90-degrees for processing tinder and striking a ferrocerium rod, and the tang is exposed on the end and has that same 90-degree so that it can be used for the same purposes; the handle is made from beautiful birds-eye maple that has been enhanced to bring out the grain. The edge is an extremely sharp traditional Scandinavian grind for ease of maintenance in the field. The traditional Scandi grind has a slight convexity for added strength.

The GB2 Metsä Puukko is only made in small batches by hand. This is a custom knife that is hammered out, and each one will be unique in its pattern between the hammer marks and the grain of the birds-eye maple. These are not “production” knives. They are also not a “safe queen”, all pretty and polished and only brought out to show off to friends. This is a 100% functional utility knife designed for rugged use in the woods. The real beauty is in its simplicity and function.

Each knife comes with a handmade brown leather sheath. Both the knife and sheath are proudly made in the USA.


  • Blade Length: 4.25”
  • Overall Length: 8.5”
  • Blade Thickness: 1/8”
  • 1095 High Carbon Steel with Hammered Finish
  • Grind: Scandinavian
  • Made by HoboForge in North Carolina



  • These knives are made by hand and your knife may vary slightly from the one pictured. Each one will have unique hammer marks and wood grain that will make your knife unique.
  • Be sure you understand how to properly maintain your knife and keep it oiled.
  • You should wet form your leather sheath before carrying your knife, and you should be conditioning your leather.
  • This knife has NO FINGER GUARD OR RICASSO and is not meant for stabbing or thrusting, or for users with poor or undeveloped knife handling skills. Stabbing or thrusting with this knife can result in your hand slipping up onto the unprotected sharp edge of the knife resulting in injury. The user assumes all risks and is responsible for safe and proper use.
  • The profile of this blade is not meant for prying, driving, or removing screws, or “torture testing” with the tip of the knife. Proper use is important to the life of the knife.
  • This knife is perfectly suited for the appropriate splitting of wood (batoning) material when applicable (one-stick fire, creating friction fire sets, softwood kindling, etc.). Splitting hardwoods or large diameter wood that forces you to baton the tip of the blade, etc., are not necessary or recommended.

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Is there a warranty on the Puukko?

Yes it has a lifetime warranty on the blade

What is the blade made out of?

1095 High Carbon Steel with Hammered Finish

What does handmade mean?

It means that these Puukko knives are made by hand. This means that each Puukko might vary slightly.

17 reviews for GB2 Metsä Puukko by HoboForge

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Simply gorgeous.

  2. daniel.vandenburgh (verified owner)

    Elegantly Simple, Smply Elegant.

    Its beautiful, simple, and you just know itll be a work horse with proper care. Wish i could submit a photo to show you

  3. daniel.vandenburgh (verified owner)

    Elegantly Simple, Simply Elegant.

    Its beautiful, simple, and you just know itll be a work horse with proper care. Wish i could submit a photo to show you

  4. Matthew Gustafson (verified owner)

    Great knife. Took a few strokes to get used to the Hobo grind but once I found the angle its unbelievable!

  5. Mike Grogan (verified owner)

    Great knife! Super sharp edge. Exactly what I expected and more!

  6. Eric (verified owner)

    I’m an avid knife collector and stack my collection with custom handmade knives. I recently purchased a GB2 Metsa Puukko made by Hoboforge and can say that the craftsmanship is literally second to none. Jason produces works of art that are both practical and functional. I cannot recommend his tools enough!
    Five Star service and quality ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  7. Jacob Treichel (verified owner)

  8. Rod Yewell (verified owner)

    Custom hand forged beautiful knife. For experienced outdoors persons. Pictures don’t this knife justice.

  9. Chandler Martin (verified owner)

    Just get one, words cannot describe the magic.

  10. Steven Wood (verified owner)

    This is one exceptional knife. It is very sharp and works great. Great design. Love it!! Excellent service from GBGB , prompt shipping. I will treasure this knife forever, look forward to many years of using it. Thanks GBGB!

  11. Todd O. (verified owner)

    Fantastic product. Razor sharp, beautifully finished. A piece of extremely useful, durable art. The sheath was made with just as much attention to detail. Amazing!

  12. Andy Gable (verified owner)

    The best bushcrafting knife, bar non. The heat treatment is fantastic. It holds an edge quite well, and easy enough to bring back, it’s edge, on a strop. Balance is superb, as well as it’s carving ability. The wood scales are very beautiful too. Fantastic knife.

  13. Michael (verified owner)

    Best Puukko!!! Exceeded my expectations!

  14. John P. (verified owner)

    Excellent service and delivery time

  15. Matthew A. (verified owner)

    Great, great knife. During the wilderness course I learned the hard way why this is such a great blade. This knife is set up for success in all matters bushcraft.

  16. Philip Palmer (verified owner)

    You can’t find a better belt knife out there. It came razor sharp and looks great. No hot spots when using it. Great product highly recommend.

  17. Garrett Haines (verified owner)

    If you’re reading, you’re probably wondering, “Is this knife worth it?” Of course, we all have different decision criteria, so rather than say ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ I’ll share my experiences.

    Each Hobo Forge knife is hand crafted by an artisan. Consider the blade’s temper, the bespoke handle etching, and edge geometry – these are as far from mass-produced as possible. Further, these are made to specifications exclusive to GB2. You won’t find this model anywhere else.

    Function. Excalibur called; it’s jealous of this Metsä Puukko’s sharpness. Be careful at first; mine cut through maple as if the wood were Styrofoam. The shape mimics the arc of human motion. Spears can be straight -their job is stab stab. But work knives slice, and a straight blade will never be as smooth or controllable compared to this Hobo Forge design. (Consider the Japanese katana, which proves to be a better slicing weapon compared to the European broadsword. Different needs for different battle conditions, but the tool serves the user’s requirements).

    Results. Try sticks, feather boards, and stakes are easy and, dare I say, enjoyable with the Metsä Puukko. If you have fun, you’re more likely to practice. The more you practice, the more likely you will have skills in a pressure situation. (We regress to our highest level of mastery under stress.) Living in an urban area, I can’t exactly hunt every day, but I was able to remove the skin from a slab of salmon with a precision that would please a sushi chef. No waste, no hacked meat. This thing is accurate and sharp.

    Upkeep. I’ve been aggressive in testing and (controlled) abuse. There has been no need to sharpen or hone the edge. Stropping keeps it scalpel-sharp. Adding a very light coat of oil protects the metal, and that’s it. This is not a high-maintenance blade, provided you are conscientious.

    Price. Each Hobo Forge blade is custom-made. No two are precisely identical. You’ll be able to pick yours out in a lineup like it’s a relative. Compare a local hardware hatchet to something from Council Tools. When human hands contribute to the creation, the quality shows. Compared to MoraKniv, the Hobo Forge blade may seem extravagant. However, MoraKniv is a purple cow; they combine quality at a price that makes no sense. To be clear, I’m not disparaging MoraKniv. I use several myself. From the affordable 510 to the Garberg, their products will conquer almost any bushcraft task. However, they are tools and, in some sense, disposable. The Metsä Puukko lives in entirely higher strata. I’ve purchased almost three dozen blades in search of my field knife. Trust me, this Hobo Forge model should list at $499, with $399 being considered a ‘good price.’ To provide an analogy, if you walk into a Honda dealership, you’ll find workhorse vehicles that serve you well. Now imagine that a Range Rover happens to be in the showroom. The price will shock you. But the autos are not equivalent. The Range Rover is no passenger sedan -it’s a well-crafted workhorse. My brother-in-law still uses his 1984 Range Rover, racking over 400,000 miles. Quality lasts. You’ll be able to hand this knife down as a family heirloom. I doubt that is the case with most bushcraft knives.

    I can’t presume to tell you how to allocate your hard-earned cash. But if I had all the money I’ve spent buying mass-produced offerings, I could have two Metsä Puukkos and money for two GB2 courses. I always tell people, ‘ buy once, cry once.’ I wish I had followed my own advice.

    In my mind, the question isn’t should I or shouldn’t I buy a Hobo Forge blade, instead, do I want the regular or mini.

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