What is a Yakut knife?
The Yakut knife is a blade born in Siberia. A cold weather tool designed from the thousand year old experience of the indigenous people of Siberia and Far East Russia.
The Yakut knife is a simple and intuitive tool where functionality is the key objective. Designed not just to separate meat from bones, to plane frozen fish, it’s also handy at crafting bowls, cups and other dishes.
What’s up with the blade shape?
While it is a piece of ethnic art, history and tradition, its amazing functional characteristics make it a perfect bush craft tool.
Its unique concave/convex geometry sets it apart from every other knife. Most likely, the Yakut knife’s geometry is inherited from the Paleolithic bone knives of the Siberian natives.
Modern day biomedical and mechanical engineers study bones because of their fascinating structural geometry. Engineers perform many mechanical tests, such as strength and torque tests, and they have found that bone has the ability to adapt to a changing load environment over time and can also recover from extreme pressures, thanks to its concave/convex geometry.
Similarly, the most noticeable feature of the Yakut knife – the extreme fuller on one side of the blade makes the knife concave on one side. The other side sharpened in a form of a lens or an arch, making it convex. Hence, the geometrical shape of the blade is inherently more durable and stronger than anything that does not have that curve. The arch shape formed by the fuller makes the Siberian Yakut blade significantly stronger than a conventional knife.
It’s a reliable survival tool. If you make a Siberian knife your adventure companion you will not be disappointed.
It was a challenge to learn how to forge these types of blades especially with the concave/convex geometry.
I live in Northern Minnesota and it makes sense to carry a knife designed for extreme cold weather.