The third in a series of Helle knives designed with Les Stroud, the Wabakimi combines Helle’s 86 years crafting traditional Scandinavian knives with Stroud’s mastery of primitive skills.
The new design was conceptualized over several months and handmade prototypes from the Helle factory in Norway were sent to Stroud for extensive field-testing in Alaska. Each prototype received further adjustments and refinements based on invaluable feedback from Stroud. This approach of researching, prototyping, field-testing and refinement constitutes the heart and soul of the Helle design philosophy.
The Wabakimi is a medium-sized, well-balanced knife small enough for hip carry, with an amply sized handle to make precise cutting and long carving sessions comfortable and efficient. The new Wabakimi knife fits between the larger, best selling Temagami (2010), a practical wilderness knife, and the light and compact Mândra (2017) neck knife. The Wabakimi combines the advantages of the Temagami’s ergonomic handle and long, pointed blade with the Mândra’s rounded shape. Featuring a three-quarter, partial tang reinforced with two robust pins, the handle is made from curly birch wood with a lanyard hole and a 3.3-inch drop point blade using Helle’s renowned triple laminated steel.
Wabakimi Knife Specifications:
• Blade material: triple laminated stainless steel
• Handle material: curly birch
• Blade thickness: 3 mm
• Blade length: 3.3-inches
• Handle length: 4.6-inches
• Sheath material: genuine leather
• Weight: 135 g
MSRP $199 U.S.D.
The beautiful blog post image of the Wabakimi knife is ©Anthon Awaken