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Other knives that look like helle knives?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by blindb9, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. blindb9

    blindb9

    14
    Sep 4, 2011
    Looking at buying a new knife and really like the looks of a helle knife. Primary purpose of the knife would just be a camp knife maybe a little bushcraft. Question is, is there other good knives that look similar to these knives? The thing I like is the natural wood handle and the nice polished blade finish. Would like a knife that is well crafted, with a easy to sharpen/maintain edge. Would like to be around the $150 range. Thanks for any help!
     
  2. ElectrikHellfire

    ElectrikHellfire

    May 19, 2008
    Google Ragweed forge. They have tons of differing knives similar to Helle.
     
  3. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    There are many other brands that make knives of similar style, but few are as finely finished as Helle. Karesuando is one to check out, and the higher end Marttiini are comparable.

    Photo borrowed from the internet, but here's an example of a nice Marttiini:

    [​IMG]
     
  4. sogflash

    sogflash

    Aug 28, 2011
    brusletto knives might be something for you.
     
  5. Cobra281

    Cobra281

    Sep 9, 2010
    Check out EnZo knives.

    If you're at all handy, you can get two "kits" for around $150.

    Variety of blade steels and handles too.
     
  6. marcinek

    marcinek

    Jan 9, 2007
    It sounds like what you are looking for is....a Helle. Everything you are looking for.
     
  7. blindb9

    blindb9

    14
    Sep 4, 2011
    thanks for the great responses! How am i supposed to go about picking what knife to get?? I really do like the helle knives but now i also like the Karesuando knives... (thanks Bob W!) how do these knives compare?
     
  8. blindb9

    blindb9

    14
    Sep 4, 2011
    why are most of helle's knives not full tang? does this make them weak?
     
  9. marcinek

    marcinek

    Jan 9, 2007
    No. They are proven outdoors knives.
     
  10. Poez

    Poez

    Jul 5, 2010
    Most of the Helle knives have got blades of laminated steel (outer layers are made of "softer" steel, so are easily scratched), Karesuando I guess are either carbon or stainless depending on the model.
     
  11. SeaxyBeast

    SeaxyBeast

    929
    Feb 2, 2011
    Not a lot of Nordic knives are full tang. In winter weather the exposed steel conducts cold. The hidden tang helps keep your hands warm. (It's also easier to replace the handle on a hidden tang knife if you break it.
     
  12. Poez

    Poez

    Jul 5, 2010
    I have difficulty believing into this hand warming/cooling theory no matter how many times I read about it. I still believe that it has more to do with Nordic knives having older tradition: from times when steel was an expensive commodity and people were doing their best to use it where it really counted i.e. in the blade rather than in the handle.
    I agree with you point about making and replacing the handle of course: if you forget about aesthetics and modern-time glue putting a handle on a hidden tang knife is just so much easier to do than all that scales and rivets stuff for full tang!
    Anyway, the point is that all that people for centuries were surviving with weak thin hidden tang knives - and surviving quite well. So if we follow their example and respect the tools we use we should be OK with this design too.
     
  13. Art_Vandeley

    Art_Vandeley

    829
    Jul 22, 2009
    Brusletto


    This is true for the most part. Using a full tang knife in -40Celcius is a pain. Your therory sounds right,and that definately was a factor, but yeah, the reason a lot of nordic knives aren`t full tang is because it`s easier to use them in the winter. Same goes for the leather sheats. Kydex and modern plastics may get brittle and break.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. blindb9

    blindb9

    14
    Sep 4, 2011
    thanks for all the input. Along my search i have found a few more candidates, the spyderco bushcraft and the bark river huntsman. Any input on comparing these knives? I do like that the last 2 are full tang...
     
  15. marcinek

    marcinek

    Jan 9, 2007
    My 2 cents? If you want a Scandi knife....get one made in Scadinavia.

    And the full tang thing on a Scandi is over rated. These traditional scandies are ancient designs. You do not get more "proven" than them.

    As far as the Huntsman...it really has very little to do with the knives you have asked about in this thread. Not in the Scandi style at all.
     
  16. peppen108

    peppen108

    663
    Apr 14, 2012
    Morakniv™ Classic Original #2

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    Laminated blade, ARNE steel core , handle can easily be adjusted to hand size whit sandpaper and a clamp for glove size 10, 9, 8. Sure you can probably brake I've seen dozens of these that have been used as EDC knifes by forest workers for 10-40 years worn down to a mere 25% of the blade size but I have newer seen one broken.
     
  17. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    These are great knives, especially considering the price. Ditto the basic models from Ahti, Lapin Puukko, and a few others. The level of finishing though falls far short of Helle.
     
  18. Frederick89

    Frederick89

    258
    Dec 30, 2009
    Among mass produced scandies Moras will have no rivals for quality/price ratio. Helle and Brusletto will provide good overall quality at higher price. Karesuando are good working knife, still sometimes I've read complaining about finish.

    Speaking of the stick tang/full tang controversy, here you can see how knives were made in Finland and Scandinavia during the old days.
    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/980849-Maasepän-puukko?highlight=puukko
     
  19. Riverwarrior

    Riverwarrior Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2010
    I have several "puukko" blades, and the more I use them, the more I truly appreciate them. I have a Jarganpaa "Aito" that is one of the most comfortable blades I've ever used. Earlier this week, I purchased a Brusletto "Troll" and Ahti "Korpi". Can't wait to get them in the woods for some play time.
     
  20. peppen108

    peppen108

    663
    Apr 14, 2012
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