Knife Helle: description, reviews, popular models
The Scandinavian knife is not just a tool. It is an integral part of the culture of the ancient people. In the old days, each of his representatives had at least two knives: the parade and the everyday. Without him it was impossible to do. It was necessary for fishermen and hunters, with which they were Scandinavians.
Later, the Norwegian blades were ousted from the market by Swedish and Finnish. But they did not go into oblivion. Thanks to the efforts of historians, archaeologists, engineers and designers, the Norwegian knives again became popular.
The Helle Fabrikker brand was founded in the town of Holmedal in the 30s of the last century by the Helle blacksmiths. Making knives was their main activity.
At first they sold their products only in their native village, but soon the company's products became known in the capitals of Oslo.
Now the company is actively working, producing about 80 percent of all knives in Norway. At the same time, there are only about fifty employees at the company. The Norwegian knife Helle is well known to specialists and a wide range of users due to its high quality.
Representatives and employees of the company say that their knives are not made for collecting. They are intended to be used, regularly performed what they are intended for. And the range of use of knives "Helly" is quite wide.
The company manufactures knives for:
Benefits and Differences
Externally, the knives do not differ in anything from the Finnish or Sami.
But there is something that distinguishes them from the products of other nations. These are the blades consisting of several layers, the handle from a birch, a horn, brass.
Much attention is paid to the creators of modern Norwegian knives to historical heritage. They use, creatively processing and adapting to the needs of the modern man, the old models, which in ancient times were used by warriors and fishermen. This makes their products recognizable and popular.
Particular attention is paid to the company's designers, as the knife falls into the hand of the owner. They consider the model beautiful only when it is comfortable.
Never make knives only "for beauty". Each element must perform a specific function. This is an unwritten rule of the company, which its employees adhere to for many years.
Blades of knives were originally three-layered. But now new advanced technologies have improved the process of their manufacture. The cutting edge, or core, is made from steel with a high carbon content. This is the secret of the Helle knives. The manufacturing recipe was developed jointly with metallurgical engineers and kept in the strictest secrecy.
After the blade is hardened, it becomes hard at 59 HRc. But this steel has one drawback: it is prone to corrosion.
The lining is made of steel softer. But it does not rust. In its composition - 18 percent chromium and 8 nickel.
The butt has a thickness of 3.3 mm.
The blade has a five-sided classic profile, the descents are straight. Helle knives can be sharpened by yourself.
Such blades are called laminated. They are highly durable (do not break). This is especially noticeable at low temperatures. And the food stainless steel plates make the knife beautiful in appearance. But there may be an unpleasant moment. User reviews say that sometimes the laminated knife plates flake off. This concerns not so much the Helly knives, so many products of this type in general. The quality of the blade depends on how correctly the plates were welded. If the procedure was carried out with violations of technology, then the laminate may even curl up.
Quality laminated blades are made in Japan and Norway. They have a high cost compared to other knives of this type.
Helle provides a wide selection of blade lengths. They can be from 7 to 11 cm. But the most popular is the blade Helle with a blade length of 7.5 cm.
The Helle knife should be comfortable to hold in your hand. To do this, its handle must be of the appropriate material and have a certain shape.
Knife handle "Helly" made from Karelian birch or walnut. First, they are impregnated with special mixtures.
In order for the knives to be not only sharp, but also beautiful, they are often trimmed with inserts made of antler, corian (artificial acrylic stone), and brass.
Developers have provided even the fact that it is not very convenient for fishermen to use ordinary knives. Indeed, after the usual knife falls into the water, it quickly sinks. And who wants to lose such an expensive accessory. Yes, and finish the operation with something you need. It was for fishermen that a special floating knife was invented. Its handle is made of cork.
Helle knife is collected only by hand. Also sharpen and trim. In this case, anyone can do it. Making knives became available because parts for them can be bought and folded product of any design. Many Norwegians are competing to create the most original and beautiful knife. The authors of the most interesting and high-quality products receive special awards.
Knife making kits
Now there is an opportunity to engage in the manufacture of knives "Helly" and we. For 3.8-4 thousand rubles. You can buy a set consisting of a blade with a smooth cutting edge “drop point” of three-layer laminated steel. The bar of Karelian birch is designed to make a handle from it convenient for you. There are various metal parts. In separate sets can be a clip. The kit gives you the opportunity to make the sheath for your knife. For this, a set of natural leather and even stitching material is provided.
In order for the knife you made to be sharp, you need to buy a sharpener or a special set for sharpening.
User feedback suggests that sometimes they buy a Helly blade and attach homemade handles to them.
The knife sheath is also made by hand. For their manufacture use high-quality saddle leather, which is used for the manufacture of belts.
In order that on a sheath spots were not formed, material is processed in the beginning by special structures. The oil, which is used in this case, prevents the penetration of moisture.
In the development of the scabbard using traditional models.
"Tollekniv" - a variant of the Finnish knife Lives. It was created by the Finnish designer Janne Marttiini.
Besides him, for the company create new models Thor Indergaard, Thor Vistnes, Gunnar Los. The name of the designer is often indicated in the advertising of products.
All “Helly” knives can be divided into those for which the blade is fixed and folding. The first ones are usually cheaper compared to products of similar sizes that can be folded by hiding the blade.
Packaging "Helle" can be considered the best among similar products of mass production.
Designers and engineers develop new models of knives for different occasions.
Sometimes, constructing another Helle knife, they seek inspiration from a distant historical past.
The Nidaros model is a reconstruction of a Viking knife. It is made from high-quality and expensive material, different expensive decoration. Naturally, it has a fixed blade.
Model "Lapland" - Saami knife, the so-called tundra. It is also called a “big knife” (stuoraniibbi). Also applies to products with a fixed blade.
Winner 45 G is similar to a universal Swedish knife with a fixed blade 9 cm long. The knife size is 22 cm, weight is 109 g. The handle of natural wood has a notch to prevent the hand from slipping. This area is decorated with metal inserts and is black.
Helle Fjellkniven F1 is a fixed-blade mountain knife with a smooth cutting edge. It is durable, simple in shape and elegant at the time. It is also called a survival knife for multi-functionality and a convenient form.
Its quality can be evidenced by the fact that Helly Fenkniven is used by the Swedish Air Force. The birch handle is decorated with brass reinforcement. A polished leather knife sheath is embellished with an embossed eagle pattern. Weight 108 g, blade - “drop point” (lowering butt in the direction of the tip). Fixed lock. With a total length of 20.5 cm, the length of the blade is 10 cm.
Helle 75 jubileuma
This knife from Helly has the most functions. His blade is inherent in the Scandinavian knives. It has the form of "drop point". Descents are straight, gradually moving into the cutting part. The knife is multifunctional. Leather sheath with original embossed. The length of the knife is 25.5 cm, the blade is equal to the handle. The weight of the knife is 134 g. The blade is made of Sandvik 13C26 steel having three layers.
The handle of the knife is made of Karelian birch in conjunction with a deer horn. Edge smooth. How much are these knives? The price of Jubileum is more than 8 thousand rubles.
Helle Besseggen - skinner
The knife got its name from the name of the Norwegian mountain. Differs in durability, reliability. Very sharp. Used for wood carving. Suitable for skinning while hunting. This knife is shorter than the previous one, its length is 19 cm. The steel insert is located between the blade and the handle. Weight 80 g. The material of which the blade is made of, steel Sandvik 13C26. Sharpening is held for a very long time. The handle from Karelian birch is treated with a special impregnation. Therefore, it does not swell under the influence of water. The sheath is black. These are relatively cheap knives. Price - 5.5 thousand rubles.
The handle of the knife protects the hands from hitting the blade. For this purpose, a special protrusion on the handle at the junction with the blade. Length - 215 mm, thickness - 3 mm. Blade length 105 mm. Weight 124 g. Descents are relatively low. Karelian birch handle. Brown-embossed scabbard.
The knife is simple in execution, ascetic in appearance. Reviews say that its handle is quite comfortable, but the stop is a little in the way. Some users just cut it down. This is easy to do, because the handle is made of ordinary wood.
Users say it cuts well. They like the fact that the knife runs are absolutely flat. It makes sharpening easy. Knife only need to lay a trigger on the tool for sharpening. Sharpening angle - 30 degrees.
The knife is designed to work on wood.
There are in the assortment of "Helle" and knives of modern design. One of them is Helle Fire. It is relatively small, only 19.5 cm long. At the same time, the blade has a length of 6.8 cm and a thickness of 3 mm from three-layer steel. The cutting edge is smooth. Karelian birch handle. It ends with a steel insert with a carabiner, which is designed to be attached to the belt. An interestingly shaped black leather sheath encircling the handle with a ring.
User feedback suggests that the carbine will not be enough to pick up the knife to the belt.
This model has a very thin and long blade of steel "Sandvik 12S27". It is intended for use by fishermen. It is convenient to grab his hand, he cuts well. Blade thickness 2.5 mm. The sheaths are deep, "vsadnye". They almost completely close not only the blade, but also the handle. Attached to the belt.
Users suggest making a buttonhole in the loop. So you can fix and carry the knife. Price 4.4 thousand rubles.
Helle Fjellbekk - a knife of 22.1 cm in size with a blade length of 10.2 cm with a thickness of 3 mm and a hardness of 25-59, made of laminated steel. Merbau wood handle (Africa).
The knife Helle Tollenkniv has a blade length of 10.3 cm, and together with the handle - 22.2 cm. It is made of steel with a hardness of 57-59 HRc. The shape is rounded to the tip, the blade is quite wide.
Designed for fishermen, tourists, hunters.
Reviews about him indicate that the knife is used for cutting meat, household needs. Indispensable during picnics, hunting, picking mushrooms, walking in the woods. Not afraid of a long stay on the street, sharpening well and keeps sharpening. He has excellent res. Over the years of use, it does not break or even fall out. This indicates the build quality.
But users consider the sheaths to be not very comfortable.
This knife users call Finnish. They note that this model is unformatted for Helly.
The length of the blade is considered universal, the proportions are optimal.
Helle folding knives
There are also folding knives in the assortment, such as the Helle Doka 200 with a blade retainer. The length of its blade is 8.4 cm. Butt is 2.7 mm thick.
When folded, the knife has a length of 11.7 cm. There is a hole in the handle so that you can stretch the safety cord or belt.
The knife can be used as a tourist or hunting. It is useful to tourists. After all, it is convenient to carry, folded, it takes up very little space.
Price - about 12 thousand rubles.
This is one of the biggest knives "Helly". Fixed blade has a slight decrease in the direction of the tip. The descents are straight. Its length - 12.6 cm, weight - 126 g. Hardness - 58-59 on the Rockwell scale. The handle consists of three parts: walnut, Karelian birch stabilized, leather inserts. Thanks to a small notch, the hand does not slide off and is not injured on the blade.
This knife is not used in the kitchen for cutting vegetables, it is good for sharpening various sticks, for technical purposes. Designed for tourists and hunters.
There are reviews that a tree is sanded with its help in winter, when an ax cannot cope with frozen bark.
User reviews claim that the Helle knife is neat, quality assembled. They say that these products are among the best, and their price is relatively small. People use these knives for many years, and never had a quality problem. Only one case of turning slots on a circle is mentioned. And it was a millimeter crack, which cannot be indicative of the poor quality of the knives.
Reviews of many users say that, though, knife covers and scratch very quickly, they are great sharpened and corrected.
Describing the cut of the “Helly” knives, many point to the comparison “it cuts like clockwork,” that is, the blade gently slides over the material being processed. And this is with a rather aggressive cut.
Consumers say that the handle of the knife is comfortable. Repeats the contours of the hand and fits well in the palm. It is very pleasant to the touch. Its color indicates that the material is well impregnated with protective agents.
Some buyers are experiencing whether the handle will not deteriorate with prolonged use. But it turns out that it can withstand even a long stay in the open air. There were cases when the left knife was found after several years of being in the snow and rain. The handle did not change its appearance, and the blade darkened a little.
Not everyone likes Helle knives. Reviews say that the plates on the blade are scratched by mechanical action. They are very sharp, but gentle. Of course, the blade is best sheathed at a time when not in use. But, the truth, the primeval beauty of the blade will soon disappear. In this case, it may be considered more important that this does not affect the quality of the cut.
Reviews of some buyers say that the Helly knife did not meet their expectations. They did not feel any special fantastic cut. Other users claim that this is due to the low descent of the blade, which is usually the case with Scandinavian knives.
It is believed that the assembly of knives has recently become less quality. But this is not supported by examples and personal experience, but rather by rumors.
Some buyers offer to sharpen the knife from a different angle. But experienced users say that it is enough to do it under the same slope. They say that they sharpen “Helly” knives as Japanese ones, laying down on a stone. But you need to use Japanese water stones to make the result beautiful.