The Sigmund knifes comes with a genuine leather sheath out of the ordinary.
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: Sigmund
- Weight: 94 g
- Blade material: Triple laminated stainless steel
- Blade thickness: 3,0 mm
- Blade length: 107 mm
- Handle material: Beech, leather and darkened oak
- Handle length: 107 mm
- Sheath material: Genuine leather
- Sheath weight: 48 g
- Design: Helle-design
- Year: 2012
- Art. no: 77
After seeing several reviews, forums and videos I was curious to try this brand, all their knives look very nice, I especially like the classic or traditional look of the knives. I was attracted to this model in particular because of the out of the ordinary handle and sheath, unlike other models the handle on this one is made with two types of wood.
The knife is beautiful, mirror polished and crazy sharp out of the box, speaking about the box it come in a cardboard tube box, sort of like the box a good scotch come with, and it also includes a little instruction booklet on how to maintain the knife as well as a cloth with the Helle logo on it.
The not so good:
I don’t know if this is bad or not but the knife is smaller and lighter than I thought, the blade is 4 inches so its not that small but the weight and the thin handle make this knife feel delicate somehow.
Also when I hold the knife to look at the spine I can clearly see a slight bend or inclination to one side instead of being perfectly centered which I don’t think will impact the usability of the knife but it bothers me somewhat.
Finally the bottom blade where the sharp edge meets the blunt base is not evenly grinded which is not a big deal generally speaking but when you shell out a hundred plus dollars for this knife you kinda feel like they should take better care of the fit and finishing with greater attention to detail, more so because Helle prides itself on letting us know that their knives are hand made and meticulously inspected before they sent them out.
All in all the knife is nice, it’s sharp as hell, it has an awesome mirroir polished triple laminated scandi grind, the sheath fit and construction is great, the handle is gorgeous and the ergonomics are great too, but bear in mind that the handle is thinner than the other curly birch models, its made for small to medium hands so if you have very big hands you might be better off with another model.
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