Bear Forest Knives PuuMuk- Revamp of a Classic

Bear Forest Knives introduces PuuMuk. Raw 80CrV2 High Carbon steel with micarta scales never looked better in leather—all made in the USA!

Collectors, reenactors, campers, and outdoors people alike have endeared this 1800s knife pattern. Since prolific writer and adventurer George Washington Sears, known as “Nessmuk,” popularized this pattern, it has been one of the most emulated styles in the cutlery industry. The hump on the spine, close to the point, and deep belly define the general look of a Nessmuk-style knife. In fact, it was an old butcher’s knife pattern suitable for woodland carry.

The PuuMuk is a Scandinavian puukko and a Nessmuk-style combination knife. It features the straight handle of a puukko without a guard and the blade shape of a Nessmuk. It has an overall length of 8.25 inches, with a 4-inch blade. Unlike the book diagram of Nessmuk’s knife, with an antler handle and what seems to be a partial tang, the PuuMuk is a full tang knife. It features a 90-degree spine for an added scraping and peeling wood tool. 

Thin blades are back, and Bear Forest Knives captured the essence of this iconic classic with the PuuMuk. The .093″ (3/32″) thick blade stock is meant to slice bacon, butcher, skin game, sharpen tent pegs, and whittle. And it will be comfortable at home on the kitchen cutting board, slicing cheese, summer sausage, or veggies for stew. 

The Bear Forest Knives PuuMuk is a modern-day mountain man’s EDC—if there ever was one!


  • Overall Length: 8.25″
  • Blade Length: 4″
  • Thickness: .093” (3/32”)
  • Steel: 80CrV2 High Carbon
  • 90-Degree Spine
  • Grind: High Saber
  • Finish: Raw
  • Handle Scales: Natural, Black, and Vintage Brown Linen Micarta, 
  • Sheath: JRE Industries Leather Sheath Brown 
  • U.S.A Made