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Helle Nord Fixed Blade Knife

Helle Nord Fixed Blade Knife

Helle has been making exceptional knives for 90 years and the quality and strength of all their products is outstanding. Although they are undoubtedly presentation standard knives, they are all intended to be used rather than displayed in cabinets and are designed to withstand everything that the Norwegian elements can throw at them. All of their products are made to be put to the test and their latest knife, the Nord, takes that strength and durability to the next level.

Strength

Nord is the Norwegian word for North and represents strength, and this knife certainly is strong. Built around a blade that is just under 4mm wide and made of Sandvik 14c28n stainless steel, the full tang construction is probably the best and strongest design for a multi-purpose, heavy-duty knife. Although thick at the spine and through the tang, the edge of the blade is still thin enough to be razor sharp, and it cuts like a scalpel. The blade is 5.8” long and 1.5” deep at its widest point, with a slight drop in the front third of an otherwise straight spine, which is another very strong feature. The knife weighs just over 10oz, which is pretty hefty for a knife, but it does not feel overly heavy in the hand because it is perfectly balanced and designed.

Natural grip

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The curly birch handle is 5.4” long and very bulky, giving the knife a strong and comfortable grip. The profile of the handle includes only a slight ‘belly’ in the mid-section, with narrower sections forward and behind, and then it thickens again at the rear and before the blade. Despite this shape being ‘subtle’, your hand naturally finds that centre point and the hold immediately feels right. Both with and without gloves, the hold is very secure and you can do all kinds of work with the Nord equally well. The whole knife, although big and strong, is extremely well-balanced and so easy to control if you are processing meat or doing detailed work.

As a general-purpose ‘camp knife’, the Nord can be used for splitting logs a few inches thick and for carving the very finest tinder if you are starting a fire.

The sheath is handmade from very thick and high-quality leather and features double stitching and a belt loop. The knife comes in an attractive presentation tube with care instructions, a cloth and the Helle Lifetime guarantee.

Conclusion

Helle knives are always top quality and built for work, but with the Nord, they have taken a step further and produced an outstanding, super-strong and great-looking knife. It is a totally practical tool and if you have to carry just one cutting tool to do everything, the Nord is definitely a workhorse that you can depend on completely.

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  • Name: Helle Nord
  • Price: £229.95
  • Contact: Whitby & Co. Ltd - www.whitbyandco.co.uk
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