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Helle GT

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Helle GT fixed-blade knife

An excellent hunting/canoe camp knife. Very high quality and partially hand made in Norway.

Pros

  • Laminated stainless steel blade
  • Birchwood burl handle
  • Good size for butchering game
  • Top quality full grain leather sheath
  • Knife and sheath are beautifully made

Cons

  • Could use a pommel on the end of the handle

My wife bought me the HELLE GT sheath knife for my birthday at the Fjallraven Store in Boulder, Colorado, this spring. The stainless steel laminated blade is its most outstanding feature as this creates a hard steel core for long lasting sharpness surrounded by resilient steel to give the core strength.

While "heavy" at 7.3 oz. for a backpacking knife for the purposes I've listed above it is very well suited. My backpacking knife is a tiny Gerber folding lock blade, so tiny I had to add a braided reflective lanyard to it to prevent accidental loss.

The "Pros" lists the best features above, but one must hold this knife to understand the quality. Other HELLE knife owners I've communicated with on the Long Range Hunting Magazine forum love their knives too.

HELLE knives are made in a small factory right on the southwest coast of Norway. Go to YouTube and search for HELLE knives factory and you will find Les Stroud, the Canadian star of Survivorman, doing a tour.

This knife kinda rounds out my "Wood Crafter" tool set as I also have a camp axe by Council Tool of North Carolina. It's the "Wood-Craft" 19" handle axe.

Eric B.

Background

This knife is EXTREMELY sharp and due to its laminated blade with the hard steel core/edge it stays sharp for a long time when butchering game.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $173

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Specs

Price Historic Range: $109.88-$169.00
Reviewers Paid: $173.00
Weight 150 g
Blade material Triple laminated stainless steel
Blade thickness 3.2 mm
Blade length 123 mm
Handle material Curly birch
Handle length 124 mm
Sheath material Genuine leather
Sheath weight 48 g
Design Gunnar Lothe
Year 1997
Art. no 36
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