Helle Alden Knife - Norway
The Alden is named after the island Alden. Alden is still an important landmark for Fishermen coming home from the sea. The island is situated just of the coast from where the Helle factory is situated.
Helle knives are designed to retain their sharpness as a lifelong outdoors companion. But it is still important to take care of your knife and its sheath.
- The Handle. Dry the handle with a soft cloth if wet and wax occasionally.
- The Sheath. The leather needs to be impregnated occasionally with colourless impregnation agent (grease or wax) to keep supple. Dry the sheath carefully in room temperature if it becomes wet.
- The Blade. Wipe the blade with a soft cloth if wet and treat with grease occasionally.
Use a diamond tool or a wet stone for sharpening. Place the knife bevel flat to the sharpening tool and work the entire blade. Work one side until you can feel a slight burr on the opposite side. Switch side and repeat the procedure until you feel the burr on the first side. You have now established an edge. Remove the burr by stroking the blade gently over the sharpening surface on both sides, as if cutting very thin slices. Keep the bevel flat towards the sharpener and move from side to side until the burr is gone.
If the blade is very dull or damaged, use a fine-grained grindstone and plenty of water and sharpen until you have a raw edge. Use much cooling liquid and never sharpen on a dry stone. A hot-ground edge looses its heat treatment and ruins the blade.
- Name: Alden
- Weight: 145 g
- Blade material: Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel
- Blade thickness: 3,0 mm
- Blade length: 105 mm
- Handle material: Curly birch
- Handle length: 130 mm
- Sheath material: Genuine leather
- Sheath weight: 52 g
- Design: Gunnar Lothe
- Year: 2009
- Art. no: 76
This is an excellent knife. The handle feels great in the hand and is beautiful to look at. Helle blades are simply the sharpest blades in the business and the Alden is no exception. The sheath is well made and really goes well with the knife. It is a very good looking package. The blade shaves wood easily and holds its edge with no problem. It shaves hair right out of the box. I have never purchased a Helle knife that did not come super sharp and I have about a dozen Helle knives. I can't say that about other brands, I recently paid a big price for a Fallkniven A1 knife that was not as sharp as others I own and I have not been able to get it any sharper. I have never had that problem with Helle knives.
I would rate it 10 if I could. At first I was scared to use it because it was sooo pretty. After hiking and camping and abusing it, I really appreciate the quality of this knife. Very strong handle and blade. Holds an edge like no other knife I've ever owned, and it's Super sharp right out of the box. Great size, well made, and beautiful knife.