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Helle Wabakimi

photo: Helle Wabakimi fixed-blade knife

Helle has been making knives in Holmedal, Norway, since 1932. Its Wabakimi is a Scandinavian-style, fixed-blade designed in collaboration with survival and primitive skills expert "Survivorman" Les Stroud.

A medium sized, well-balanced knife, the Wabakimi is small enough for hip carry, yet amply sized for precise cutting and long carving sessions. 

It features a 3.3-inch drop point blade made from triple laminated steel, and it has a three-quarter, partial tang reinforced with two robust pins. The curly birch wood handle includes a lanyard hole. A leather sheath is included. 

The Wabakimi is the third Helle knife designed with Stroud, fitting between the larger Temagami wilderness knife and the light and compact Mândra neck knife. Stroud field-tested numerous prototypes of the Wabakimi over months to produce its final design. It combines the Temagami’s long, pointed blade and ergonomic handle with the Mândra’s more rounded shape.

The Wabakimi is named after the large Canadian provincial park which has one of the world's largest boreal forests. It was here that Les Stroud and his new wife, Sue Jamison, spent a year living off the land in 1994.

Specs

Price Current Retail: $184.00
Historic Range: $184.00
Weight 135 g
Blade material Triple laminated stainless steel
Blade thickness 3 mm
Blade length 84 mm
Handle material Curly birch
Handle length 117 mm
Sheath material Genuine leather
Design Les Stroud
Year 2018
Art. no 630

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