Helle Dokka Knife Review

July 7, 2015
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
94
Construction & Materials
10
Ease of Use
6
Steel Quality & Edge Retention
10
Durability
8

The Good

  • Scandi ground blade
  • Drop point style blade
  • Natural curly birch handle
  • Comes with care instructions

The Bad

  • Lanyard hole sits at the bottom of the sheath
  • No thumb stud or hole for single-hand opening
THE VERDICT

Helle has come out swinging with their Dokka folding knife. Utilizing the belt sheath, it’s easy to access but will require two hands to deploy. It’s designed to work just as hard as their fixed blade knives and is built with the same precision and quality. It’s a pleasure carrying and using this knife as it instills a peaceful, easy feeling and it won’t fail. 

FULL REVIEW

CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
Helle uses their standard curly birch and triple laminated steel in the Dokka’s construction. The build also includes a beefy pivot pin and back spacer, and a thong tube in their lanyard hole.

EASE OF USE
With the market saturated with flipper style and other assisted-opening folders, some folks will find the Dokka too slow to open. While I wish there was a thumb stud or thumb hole for easier opening, this knife is not designed for quick deployment—making it a great companion on the trail or at camp.

STEEL QUALITY/EDGE RETENTION
Helle’s triple laminate stainless steel holds an incredible edge which is supported by the drop-point shape and Scandinavian grind—it also doesn’t tarnish.

DURABILITY
Folding knives are often compared to fixed blade knives and many fall short in being able to perform the same demanding tasks. In the case of the Dokka, Helle beefed up the frame, lock bar, and hardware to meet the demands of a fixed blade. At their first attempt at a folding knife, they’ve done an excellent job with their classic design and common materials.

 


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MSRP
$164.00
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