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.
- Name: Dokka
- Weight: 130 g
- Blade material: Triple laminated stainless steel
- Blade thickness: 2,7 mm
- Blade length: 84 mm
- Handle material: Curly birch
- Handle length: 117 mm
- Sheath material: Genuine leather
- Sheath weight: 38 g
- Design: Helle-design
- Year: 2011
- Art. no: 200
Beautiful knife. The birch scales are very nicely finished. Very minor imperfections in shape give it a very natural, outdoorsey look much different from most knives. Comes with a very sturdy, one-piece, leather sheath that has a loop to hang it on your belt. Mine has no blade wobble at all, and locks firmly using a mid lock. There's no metal bolster, but the scales are shaped in such a way that there's a nice little notch that provides some protection.
It is not a one hand opener or closer, and the thumbnail notch for opening is only on one side (for a right handed person). I had no trouble, however, opening it left handed without the benefit of a thumbnail notch.
They don't provide any precise information on the steel. It's described on the manufacturer's website as triple-laminated stainless steel, but they don't specify the type of steel other than to say that the core is high-alloy steel covered by two layers of stainless. Scandi grind looks like it is easy to sharpen.
If you like scandi grinds and want a folder, this would be a good option. There are very few scandi folders and most are not true grinds but have a secondary bevel. The Dokka is a true scandi. So far, I have found that the blade excels at woodwork. Makes very fine slices with accuracy and ease. I tested it out on small pices of plywood of 1/8 inch and it handled it with ease. Works fine with harder woods. The scandi grind makes it an excellent precision carver. Makes quick work of ordinary stuff like cardboard and the like. I can see this knife being used for anything like field dressing deer to being a companion to a fixed bushcraft or hunter. On it's own it is capable of llight to moderate bushcraft tasks. I do not baton with folders but I suspect this would hold up though in an emergency but I wouldn't try it with a knife of this price. Not worth damaging it. Comparing it to a Benchmade or high end Spyderco, the craftmanship is equal, if not greater. Just an all-around great knife IMO.
High level of quality and craftsmanship. Very sturdy but simple design. Solid feel in hand. No blade play when open or close. Blade perfectly centered. Comes razor sharp. Leather sheath/pouch is a nice touch and is form following function and not just an afterthought(like the Benchmade Bushcrafter sheath).
Obviously it's not cheap but is one of a very few true scandi folders.