|Mike "Wingnut" Westvang|
|Info from Helle|
|Helle knives are made to withstand the strains they are subjected to in the Norwegian outdoor environment.|
That is why Helle uses triple laminated stainless steel in their blades. This results in an almost unbreakable blade which stays sharp for much longer. The steel Helle uses is more expensive than in most other knife brands, but that is all a part of Helle's philosophy of no compromise on quality.
Just like those great outdoor experiences, a Helle knife is made to last. That's why we give a lifetime warranty against faults in materials and manufacture.
|The steel in Helle knives is unique.|
The differences between a Helle knife and other knives are many. The biggest difference lies in the triple laminated stainless steel blade. The core is made of high alloy steel (58/59 Rockwell Scale) which gives it a lasting, razor-sharp edge. This harder layer cannot however exclude the threat of rust or breakage.
To exploit the superb qualities of the high alloy steel Helle has added two layers of tough stainless steel(18/8) to protect the blade against breakage and corrosion, while the high carbon core still provides a superb cutting edge. This triple laminated stainless steel is unique to our knife blades. The steel Helle uses is more expensive than in most other knife brands, but that is all a part of Helles philosophy of never compromising on quality.
|Handles of carefully selected materials.|
|Good craftsmanship requires
the ability to create handle shapes which are consistent
with the blade, fit comfortably in the hand, and add
character to the knife. In most handles, Helle uses the hard
and beautifully structured wood of curly grained birch,
alone or in combination with matching materials, such as
leather and stag horn.
A painstaking process of grinding, polishing and oiling is performed to offer full justice to the natural beauty of these materials. Because Helle uses natural materials in their handles, each Helle knife has its own unique look. A knife is more than just a blade, and a Helle knife is a true work of art.
|The Sheath - the Nordic way|
Quality is of utmost importance to A/S Helle Fabrikker, and Helle applies the same criteria to their sheaths as they do to their knife blades and handles. Good craftsmanship and the perceptible quality of the materials used, make for a sheath which is both strong and attractive.
Like the knives, Helle's sheaths are designed to be functional and durable. At the same time, Helle demands that all sheaths match the beauty and character of the knives that they encase. Helle sheaths are made of specially tanned leather, and treated with saddle grease for increased luster and durability. The particular shape of the Norwegian sheath bears evidence of long-time functional development and at the same time, it enhances the quality of the knife.
Helle knives are designed to retain their sharp edge as a lifelong outdoor companion. However, it is still important to take care of your knife. Keep your knife clean and dry after use. If you have cut meat or fish, Helle recommends that you rinse it in fresh water and dry it before storing it.
Clean the handle with a dry and soft cloth. You should also clean the blade with a non-abrasive cloth, and treat with grease, or oil it periodically.
The sheath will retain its color if it is not left in direct sunlight for long periods. Impregnate occasionally with a colorless impregnation agent, a non-acidic grease or wax such as saddle grease or Dubbin. This will keep the leather supple and retain its glow.
Dry the sheath carefully in room temperature if it becomes wet.
|An original Helle knife will last a lifetime if it is treated correctly. Helle recommends a diamond whetstone or a hard, fine-grained sandstone whetstone with plenty of oil or water.|
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