Helle Eggen Review

February 12, 2015
Helle Eggen
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
97
Construction & Materials
10
Ease of Use
9
Steel Quality & Edge Retention
10
Durability
8

The Good

  • Drop Point Style Blade
  • Scandi Style Grind
  • Stick Style Tang
  • Classic Design
  • Natural Curly Birch Handle.
  • Comes with Care Instructions.

The Bad

  • Limited availability
  • Sheath is right-handed only
THE VERDICT

The Helle Eggen fell into my hands at the right time—as I was in the middle of a major Puukko / traditional outdoor knife fever. After working with so many tactical and modern knives, it was a nice break getting to use a knife whose design has been around for centuries. I would recommend the Helle Eggen to anyone looking for a classically designed knife that you can really beat on, but does require you to wipe it down and tuck it in when you’re done with it. I can also attest that it looks great on your hip at a fall wedding, as it was my dress knife in October as the best man at my friend’s wedding.

FULL REVIEW

Construction & Materials
In a market where synthetic handle and complex blade materials rule, the Eggen holds its own with a natural Curly Birch handle and stainless blade. Utilizing a Stick Style tang allows for the knife to be light, but also very durable.

Ease Of Use
Some folks have complained that the handle on the Helle Eggen takes some time to get used to, but I personally found it easy to use from the start. It deploys nicely from the sheath and cuts, stabs, and slices with ease due to the drop-point blade.

Steel Quality / Edge Retention
Helle uses a triple laminated stainless steel composed of multiple stainless steels hardened to 58-59 HRC. This blend of steels is made exclusively for Helle and holds an edge beautifully. Additionally, the blade can take some serious abuse without showing too much wear. Utilizing a Scandi grind only enhances the longevity of the edge on the blade. You can throw your sharpening stones away now.

Durability
It’s hard to beat on a knife like the Helle Eggen, but believe me—I did. It passed all of my tests but I found that the spine, via battoning, shows abuse quickly and easily. Though I did not experience this myself, I fear that the edge could be damaged easily if you use it for hammering, whacking, or battoning.

Value
Maybe I’m a sucker for a good looking knife, but the Helle Eggen is worth every cent you pay for it. In both form and function, this knife exceeds my expectations—especially at $120USD.

What’s Included:
Leather Sheath
Proper Care Instructions
Polishing Cloth

 


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