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
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.
This is a robust knife, blade is excellent, handle
shape is perfect it also has a strong rat tail tang.i
was a bit troubled by knife not having a finger
guard but after using knife it is no problem.it is
now one of my favorite blades