The Helle Viking Knife is a general duty camping and utility knife based on a archaeological find from the Viking era.
The knife was designed by Arne Emile Christensen of the University Museum of National Antiquities in Oslo based on a knife found in a Viking grave. Helle Norway originally put the knife in production in 2009 to help fund a round-the-world trip by a Viking longboat. Due to the popularity of the design, it was later added to their regular catalog.
The knife has a slight drop point, relatively wide blade cross-section, and features a rat-tail tang. The blade is made of triple laminated carbon steel with a typical Norwegian grind. The handle is curly birch, and the knife lacks a guard or bolster. The knife comes with a leather sheath and normally retails for $114.
I got a chance to handle the Viking knife at the 2016 SHOT Show. The handle and 4″ blade seem well proportioned and fit my hand comfortably. I didn’t have the ability to test it by cutting anything though. Personally, I’m a history buff, so this near-replica of a historic knife interests me much more than most modern knives. I look forward to getting my hands on one and trying it out.
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