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The Drop: Varusteleka Terava Tiny Knife

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Jonathan Tayag
The Drop: Varusteleka Terava Tiny Knife

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When space is limited in your pockets, or you’re wearing something without any, a neck knife offers a way to still carry a means to cut. Neck knives are compact, fixed-blade knives held in a sheath on a necklace or lanyard worn on your neck, as the name implies. While the community mostly sees them as backup or defensive knives, they can serve unique purposes outside those niches. Take the new Terava Tiny Knife from Varusteleka, for example. This unique Finnish-made carbon steel knife was designed for precise, close-up utility use, focusing on complete control while you have it in your hand.

The Terava Tiny Knife comes from leftover steel from producing Varusteleka's Skrama 240 carbon steel blades. If you are unfamiliar with the brand, Varusteleka is a Finnish manufacturer and military surplus purveyor emphasizing sustainability. Rather than melt down some leftover steel, they fashioned leftover blanks into the unique Terava Tiny Knife. The result is a unique, bare-tang knife with an overall length of 6.5”, a cutting edge of 1.97”, and quality carbon steel construction. Each knife comes from Finland in Kauhava, a region specializing in traditional Puukko knife construction, and the 80CrV2 carbon steel edge gets honed to a sharp edge as a result.

The long handle gives you a full grip on the blade, and the shorter edge is reminiscent of a Japanese kiridashi knife. That short blade profile is excellent for precise utility cuts; you have complete control over the cut from start to finish. And because of the carbon steel makeup, you get excellent hardness and edge performance for the price. When finished with the task, the Terava Tiny Knife fits on a black leather sheath with a snap fastener made with a hole for convenient neck lanyard carry.

What we like: This unique utility-oriented carbon steel neck knife offers excellent cutting performance, value for money, and precise control.

What to watch out for: Because this knife features 80CrV2 carbon steel, it is essential to remember that it is not stainless steel. It is crucial to ensure you dry this knife after use and use oil to maintain it to avoid rust.

Final verdict: If you're looking for a new neck knife for everyday carry, whether as a primary knife or as a backup, the Terava Tiny Knife from Varusteleka in Finland offers excellent value for money and precise cutting performance.

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About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

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