Helle Bleja ReviewFebruary 11, 2017
- Triple laminate steel
- Scandi grind
- Strong lock back
- Requires two hands to open
- Big for pocket carry
- No clip or sheath
The Helle Bleja is a robust knife with such a solid build that it could easily replicate most of the functions of a fixed blade knife. It’s a belt and sheath carry knife that requires two hands to open, but it is elegant and performs incredibly well for its size.
CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
Characteristic of Helle, the Bleja is made from their triple laminate steel and features eye-catching, curly birch wood handle scales. The addition of 1/16” thick stainless steel liners boosts the durability of the Bleja making it a contemporary to Helle’s Utvaer in folding form and shares many characteristics with their only other folder, the Dokka.
EASE OF USE
Knowing that you need to use two hands to open the Bleja, it’s an excellent, durable knife. Because it has a lock back mechanism, I would avoid battening with it, but the scandi-ground drop point blade helps it glide through most materials with confidence and ease.
STEEL QUALITY/EDGE RETENTION
Helle’s proprietary blend triple laminate stainless steel holds a sharp edge for an extended period of time, which is enhanced by the scandi grind. The steel also exceeds expectations in corrosion and abrasion resistance.
I have yet to question the ability of Helle knives and the Bleja is no exception. Intended to function like a fixed blade knife, feel free to put it to work and kick it around some. You can even put it away wet, the corrosion resistant triple laminate steel will be fine.