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RICH ANCESTRY

THE HELLE KNIVES WABAKIMI PUTS NORDIC HERITAGE TO THE TEST.
The Helle Wabakimi Knife, 7.91 inches overall, with laminated steel and birch scales, includes a vegetable-tanned leather sheath.

It is funny how life tends to move us in directions we never expect.

Since 1932, Helle knives have represented the very highest traditions of quality in Norwegian craftsmanship. Surrounded by rugged beauty, among mountains and fjords, Norway provides ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities.

Outdoor life was probably not foremost in the minds of brothers Steinar and Sigmund Helle when they started knife production in the old forge at home on their farm in Holmeland in 1932. Locally, their sheath knives quickly became extremely popular, and the foundations were soon laid for a small piece of Norwegian craftsmanship history.

Fast forward to today. The brothers’ knives are still extremely popular among outdoor enthusiasts—which made Helle’s collaboration with Les Stroud the perfect match. Through their collective efforts, the Wabakimi makes its way onto the scene. But can it hold up to the rich Nordic heritage? We’re going to find out.

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