Recently picked up a Helle Alden while abroad strictly because it looked beautiful and I wanted to come home with a souvenir.
Anyone have experience with the durability and quality of a Helle knife? Anyone carry it while out?
They look sweet! But can't afford one :-( seems like a nicer, better mora!
Hella knives are all hand made in Norway.
Here is some history about your knife.
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am i justified in being wary of stainless steel blades ? i never owned a high quality knife, but from my experience with cheaper ones carbon blades were always easier to sharpen and an edge longer.
Well that's kind of the thing with carbon steel over stainless steel
There is nothing wrong with stainless that is well heat treated but on average it isn't as easy to sharpen and it won't get the same keen edge that you get with carbon steels, but it is obviously more rust resistant which some people find to be a necessity and the higher end steels will hold an edge longer than most carbon steels so you have to consider what characteristics will best suit your needs
Helle are like Moras. Stronger than what most people give them credit for. Just a much higher quality and F&F
Just don't be stupid with it (ie don't baton through huge knotty wood, use the tip as a screwdriver, etc)
I'll be honest, my Mora Stainless can hold a edge very well.
Only difference is that stainless is more difficult to sharpen
sorry to rain on your parade but this vid put me off a bit - really wanted a Helle until i saw this..
check out the xray he shows 6min in.
if u can get past his accent he knows plenty about what makes a good knife a good tool for specific jobs.
thats not entirely true either - ive seen a lot of his vids and he talks a lot about the benefits of different grinds/blades for different jobs - everything from chopping/splitting wood, deer processing, even fighting bears.
He primarily uses his knives for hunting which he bases the overwhelming bulk of his opinions on a knife.
He has that one test where he cuts into balsa wood. Really good for testing the quality of the handle but otherwise rather limited in use.
Convex grinds are nice for hunting/skinning.
Scandi grinds, not so much. For me, scandis seem to resist slicing/skinning tasks more than a saber/convex grind.
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No, Bark River being a shit company and their products being either sub-par quality or overpriced.
Bark river is popular with military guys though, and shelter builders and "true" survivalist, you can find lots of videos and posts of morons beating their bark river knives through wood
Never seen a soldier irl or in pics with a Bark River.
It is true that the company promotes their Bravo line as military designed but whatever.
And its also like soldiers dont usually carry whatever they want including hunting and skinning knives, but for example i myself would never recommend them over a cheaper knife or a better quality one that would cost around the same money.
I am saying that a machete and hand axe can perform most of the same tasks. cutting foliage with axe is just.... Okay, you generally don't want axe for it. other than that. yes. You can do nearly anything you would do with an axe with a machete and visa versa.
>splitting logs with a machete
>processing wood with a machete
not sure what machetes are actually good for so i can't into reverse wtf here people use scythes and sickles for the sort of stuff south americans use matchetes but recently electric hedge-clippers really saturated the market.
you take a log, you whack you machete into it, you whack you machete with another wood, then you whack the wood you machete stuck in into ground. ok, it takes a bit more time than with a hand axe, but...
as for big logs... you can't really split stuff that has bigger girth than your machetes, and logs nearly as big as your matchete you need some cord and engineering. Not that logs that big are easily doable with a hand axe either.
>processing wood with machete
hardly ideal for the task, but will perform at or close to same levels as a hand axe.
machetes are good for clearing foliage. and movies. and gansta posing. generally for heavier foliage (bamboo, tree saplings, ect.) that scythe generally won't work at.
also the unholy abomination fusing both axe n machete.
both can be used for felling trees and splitting wood.
and are about equal for HAND AXE.
So you fuckers, machete cant compete with chainsaw, combine harvester, or the machines people actually use to do stuff.
Stainless steel is a combination of iron and shit.
there are literally millions know formulas for stainless steel. both your fork and depleted uranium kinetic round are stainless steel.
And You honestly don't want to sharpen anything uranium.
Crap. Complete crap. Clunky blade. A pain to work with. Birch handle of poor quality. Mine broke just below the blade in the front. For Scandinavian blades you def go Swedish or Finnish.
Read the mfgging thread muggfugger
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