Helle Raud M Folding Lock Knife
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- Last updated: 26/09/2022
Helle is one of the most well-established producers of very high-quality fixed blade knives, but they also produce a range of folding knives that are also well worth a look. For 2022, they have introduced the Raud M, which incorporates all of Helle’s knifemaking skills into a very strong locking folder.
The knife on test is a very impressive and robust folding knife, weighing in at 4.2oz, which feels heavy considering its relatively small size. At just 3.7” long, the birch handle is relatively short but still adequate for a full, four-finger grip. Plus, the overall girth of the knife does accommodate a proper hold. The 2.7mm thick Sandvik 12C27 Stainless steel droppoint blade is 2.7” long and has a classic Scandi grind. It is razor-sharp straight out of the box. This relatively hard steel does not stain easily and is also fairly easy to keep sharp. The ‘stubby’ blade retains most of its depth over the majority of its length, adding strength and rigidity. Plus, the chisel point is a very durable design.
One of the most important features of any folding knife is the locking mechanism and the Raud M incorporates a back-lock mechanism with a generous notch in the back of the knife to allow easy access to release the lock, even with gloves on. The lock is very secure with absolutely no play in it.
Despite its small size, the knife feels incredibly strong. You can put all sorts of pressure on the blade and the lock remains so tight and secure that you actually feel like you are using a fixed blade tool. Cutting through piles of cardboard and different types of cord and rope, the blade does not lose any of its sharpness and you can still cut meat or fish smoothly and cleanly. Having plenty of girth and weight in the handle means the knife is very comfortable to use and your fingers can retain a good grip without getting tired.
If you prefer a folding knife, then the Helle Raud M is definitely a great option. The build quality is every bit as good as their fixed blade knives and if like me, you are perhaps not a fan of folders, then this knife may be the one that changes your mind. The removable pocket clip is nice and slim and can be switched for either left or right-handed use. Alternatively, it can be removed completely so that the knife can be carried however you like. With the convenience and safety of a folding knife, combined with strength and durability equal to that of a fixed blade tool, the Helle Raud M is a strong contender for many applications and well worth a look.