The Helle Viking Knife has a thick blade made of laminated carbon steel. The black finish of the heat treatment is left on the sides for a rustic look. The tang of the blade is peened over a diamond shaped washer and the handle is subtly shaped for comfort and control with a variety of grips. It comes with the traditional sheath that hangs from a thong. The Viking is a revision of a Helle classic that was produced as part of a fund-raiser for an around-the-world- cruise of a Viking longship. The knife is notable not only for its historical interest, but also as an excellent all around utility knife.
|Blade Length:||4.33 in / 11.0 cm|
|Handle Length:||4.13 in / 10.5 cm|
|Blade Thickness:||0.15 in / 0.37 cm|
|Weight:||4.14 oz / 117.37 g|
Awesome knife. Razor sharp. I'd like it just a little larger but I take what I can get for the sake of the steel.
This is an excellent knife, but before you order, you should know what you are getting. Study the pictures on this website, and read other reviews. The Viking is essentially a thousand year old design. If you want modern features in your outdoor knife, you may want to pass on it. However, if you appreciate tradition along with quality, you might like it. The Viking is very simple in design and construction. There is no guard or bolster. The blade is of modern carbon steel (not stainless), and is quite substantial in thickness. It comes razor sharp from the factory. "HELLE" is stamped on the obverse side, but there are no other markings. The tang extends all the way through the traditional Nordic curly birch haft and is peened over a diamond-shaped "washer," which has been typical of Scandinavian knives for centuries. The handle (or haft) is slighty barrel-shaped, thicker and wider in the middle, which facilitates a good grip. the wood is lightly stained and appears to have an oil finish. The leather sheath is also a traditional design. It is a very close fit, and retains the knife securely without additional fasteners. There is some simple tooling on the front of the sheath, but nothing silly and no maker's mark. The knife comes packaged in a sturdy and tastefully marked cardboard tube, along with a wiping cloth. There is no plastic in the knife, the sheath, or the packaging. This is a very simple, strong, functional, and traditional knife, in a pattern that dates to medieval times. It is not for everyone, but those who appreciate history and tradition along with their time outdoors should find it to their liking.