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Helle Brand

Helle Knives

HELLE KNIVES, Norway

Helle Knives - Sigmund and Fjellbekk

Since 1932, Helle Knives have enjoyed a reputation as the cream of Norwegian knife makers. Helle focus on quality and craftmanship - taking up to 45 different manual procedures to complete each Knife.

Helle design their knives to withstand any challenge provided by the outdoors - blades are created using triple laminated stainless steel, making them almost impossible to break and keeping them sharp for
much longer.

A Helle knife is made to last a lifetime, to last as long as the memories we take home from our trips into the great outdoors.

That’s why they are given a lifetime warranty against faults in materials and manufacture.

HISTORY


There have been changes (well, at least a few) – since Steinar
Helle cycled over the mountains.

Surrounded by a wild and beautiful landscape lies Holmedal,

a small village in Sogn & Fjordane county. Here, amongst
mountains and fjords there is ample opportunity to enjoy
outdoor life activities such as hunting and fishing, or
collecting mushrooms and berries.

Outdoor life was probably not foremost in the minds of
brothers Steinar and Sigmund Helle when they started
knife production in the old forge at home on their farm in
Holmeland in 1932 . Locally, their sheath knives quickly
became extremely popular, and the foundations were soon
laid for a small piece of Norwegian craftmanship history.
The local market soon became too small, and new markets
needed to be conquered. Steinar Helle packed his rucksack
full of knives and set off on the long trip over the mountains
towards the east. On a bicycle!

In Oslo, he sold the knives for 40 øre apiece.
As there was no electricity in the village, the whetstones had
to be spun manually during the initial period. When electricity
arrived towards the end of the 1940s it became possible to
move production to larger and more suited premises. This did
not mean that production became automated, however.

Then, as today, much of the production is done manually.
The Philosophy remains the same: Quality craftmanship is
best preserved by skilled craftsmen. Craftsmen with extensive
experience and knowledge still take pride in making each and
every Helle knife unique.

Today, Helle knives are sold all around the world, and
customers receive the same quality whether professional
hunter, scout or outdoorsman. A knife that is designed to
meet the demands of the outdoors, and one that will last for
generations.

Helle Knives, Norway

PRODUCTION


No machine can replace skilled craftmanship.

A Helle knife is made to withstand the stresses and strains

that a knife is subjected to outdoors. Helle upholds its
traditions of craftsmanship and quality rather than large
product lines and automated production. They believe that
quality is best preserved through skilful craftsmanship.

Skilled knife specialists take pride in making the Helle brand
synonymous with quality. They use up to a half an hour to
create a knife, as they want to be sure that your demands
for quality and finish are met.

A Helle knife goes through up to 45 different manual
operations before it is finally checked and packaged.

Helle montage

BUILT TO LAST

Helle knives are made to withstand the strains they are
subjected to in the Norwegian outdoor environment.

That is why Helle use triple laminated stainless steel in our
blades. This results in an almost unbreakable blade which
stays sharp for much longer.

The steel they use is more expensive than in most other
knife brands, but that is all a part of Helle’s philosophy of no
compromise on quality.

Just like those great outdoor experiences, a Helle knife is
made to last.

That’s why they are given a lifetime warranty against faults
in materials and manufacture.

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