By Jason B.
Helle was founded in the 1930’s in the Norwegian village of Holmedal by the Helle family. They initially sold their knives in the village and later expanded when Steinar bicycled 565 kilometers to Oslo, Norway’s capital, to sell the family knives. They have an extensive line of knives. Most of their knives are sheath knives, but they do make two folding knives – the Dokka and the Bleja. I will be reviewing the Bleja.
The Bleja took Helle over three years to design to ensure that the knife met their high standards. The blade features triple laminated stainless steel with their proprietary Scandinavian grind. The handle is made of curly birch wood. Helle describes the Bleja as a mid-sized utility knife made for every day carry.
The knife came from Helle in a cool cardboard cylinder complete with instructions, the knife and a leather belt sheath.
The knife has a nice feel to it. The curly birch handle is smooth and comfortable. The knife weighs around 150 g or about 6 ounces in imperial units. The blade is around 3 inches long and the total length of the knife folded is around 5 inches. The blade is solid and very sharp.
I generally evaluate knives on a couple of criteria – usefulness and durability. With usefulness, I try to answer questions such as: Is the knife easy to open and close? Is the knife easy to carry? Is the knife easy to clean. For durability, I try to answer questions such as – Does the knife keep its edge? Does the curly birch handle withstand daily abuse? Does the stainless steel blade or other metal parts of the knife rust in the humid New Orleans environment?
Thanks to 4alloutdoors.org and Helle for providing the Bleja knife and allowing me to participate in this review.