Hankala lives in a town called Ikaalinen, in Finland. He has always
been interested in forging and he made his first works at his home
farm when he was a little boy. Forging has been a hobby for him
for several years, and during those times he has produced different
kinds of works from candlesticks to a massive missionary candelabrum
for the Church of Ikaalinen. His interest in forging inspired him
also to forge knives, which has become more important part of his
life during the years. Nowadays Jukka works almost as a full-time
bladesmith in addition to farming.
has been rewarded for his skills in Finland and in foreign countries.
He received for example three successive victories on hunting knife-series
in finnish "Hunting and Fishing" -magazine. He won the
ART-series in a knife show in Wisconsin USA 2002, and he has been
awarded in Gembloux Belgium during the years 2008, 2009 and 2010,
and also in Paris 2010 S.I.C.A.C with Coup de Coeur -prize.
his knife-merits, he has been nominated to be the citizen of the
year in his hometown Ikaalinen, and Finnish Knife Association has
selected him to be the bladesmith of the year 2008.
the spring 2009 he became qualified master bladesmith (FNBE).