Spyderco 2017 Production Sample – Lil’ Nilakka

March 11, 2017

The Lil’ Nilakka will be the first knife Spyderco will only make as a flashbatch, and I’m sure they’ll move fast. The little knife was a bit blocky in the hand, but by no means awkward to hold or operate. It is a hefty little folder though, which is similar –to me- like the full size Nilakka. Pekka seems to prefer hefty strong folders, even when they’re small and elegant like the lil’ Nilakka. I’m looking forward to the release of this cool little knife. Please note that although the blade is marked S30V, the final production version will feature RWL34 steel.

Overall Length:  14,1 cm / 5.57  inches
Blade Length: 5,8 cm / 2.27 inches
Blade Thickness: 3 mm / 0.11 inches
Weight: 74 grams / 2.60 ounces


Video: Spyderco 2016 Production Sample – Pekka Tuominen Lil’ Nilakka

March 20, 2016

Click here for a more detailed look at the Spyderco Pekka Tuominen Lil’ Nilakka production sample.

Last February, Spyderco organized the 12th annual ‘Amsterdam Meet’ in, you guessed it, Amsterdam the Netherlands. During the meet, Spyderco’s Eric Glesser presented many new concept models, prototypes and production samples that Spyderco is working on. Around 80 knifeknuts attended meet and they were asked for feedback and opinions on the new designs.

This year, we used a live videolink to a big screen, so the entire audience could get a closer look at the various details of the knife during Eric’s presentation. This clip is taken from that videolink. I hope you understand that this was not a purpose-made video presentation, but rather a taped portion of a live presentation. Nevertheless this video offers a nice first look at a new Spyderco design and its backstory.

Spyderco 2016 Production Sample – Pekka Tuominen Lil’ Nilakka

March 12, 2016

I actually got to see this little folding puukko last year, when it was shown as a concept model. This production sample of the Lil’ Nilakka was a cool gent’s folder. It was a bit hard to operate for me left-handed, but it is an appealing design. The blade was very sharp and with no guard to speak of, I’ll have to be careful not to cut myself when I finally own the production version.















Overall Length: 14 cm / 5.51 inches
Blade Length: 6 cm / 2.36 inches
Blade Thickness: 3 mm / 0.11 inches
Weight: 81 grams / 2.85 ounces

Spyderco 2012 Prototype Video – Pekka Tuominen Nilakka

March 14, 2012

Sal Glesser explains the backstory and features of the upcoming Spyderco Nilakka folding knife at the IWA show in Germany. It’s a folding Puukko design by Pekka Tuominen.

Check it out in full HD at my youtube channel.

Spyderco 2012 Prototype – Pekka Tuominen Nilakka

March 6, 2012

By this time during the meet I was busy taking the photos. Subsequently, I didn’t catch much info about this model from Sal or Eric. I hope some of the other attendees can add their info on this model.

To me, this knife was a lovely surprise. I love the design and engineering to make it truly look like a traditional Puukko with a modern twist. The knife seemed to me to have 3,5 to 4 inch blade. The blade is zero-ground. The nick in the edge you see in these photos was the result of accidentally dropping the prototype.  The blade just flies open and the handle seemed very ergonomic. Odd though, considering the boxy look of the handle. The knife seemed about as heavy as a typical 4-inch G10 Spydie. I’m extremely interested in trying out this unique design.

Spyderco 2011 Prototype Video – Puukko

March 30, 2011

Pekka’s Puukko by Spyderco, as presented by Jurphaas at the IWA Show in Nuremberg Germany.