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Helle Wabakimi

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Halfneck, Sep 8, 2018.

  1. Halfneck

    Halfneck

    Jun 30, 2005
    Anyone else seen the new Helle Wabakimi? It's a new collaboration with Les Stroud and it looks like a good bushcraft style knife. 3.3" blade of Helle's laminated stainless steel with a 3/4" full tang and a 4.6" long birchwood handle.

    One of my go-to woods knives is a Helle Symfoni and it has served me well. The handle on the Wabakimi looks like it should be very ergonomic. The 2 other Les Stroud collaborations were bigger than I liked (Temagami) or too small (Mandra). Hoping this one splits the difference and is just right. Wabakimi.jpg Wabakimi1.jpg
     
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  2. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Basic Member Basic Member

    934
    May 23, 2018
    Why are the collab-blades always named something japanese ?

    Looks like a good knife, as expected really.
     
  3. Dangerously

    Dangerously

    Jan 8, 2013
    I don’t own any of these low scandi grind knives. They seem specialized for, I guess, wood working?

    I like the look of a lot of these Helle handles, but have worried the grind isn’t general purpose enough. I’d appreciate any reviews on them for tasks other than feathersticking. Does anyone ever grind the shoulder off to make a convex?
     
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  4. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    I have and use a Helle knife. The scandi grind is great for the outdoors. I guess there are better knives for food prep, but a Helle will still get the job done. Easy to maintain and comfortable to use. Also, it’s surprisingly light.

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  5. Michael Pattarozzi

    Michael Pattarozzi

    8
    Jul 15, 2018
    Wabakimi is a wilderness park in the boreal region of northern Ontario
     
  6. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Basic Member Basic Member

    934
    May 23, 2018
    Huh. How about that.
     
  7. John A. Larsen

    John A. Larsen

    Jan 15, 2001
    Probably a Native Canadian name. John
     
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  8. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Quite so. Norway is in similar latitudes to parts of Canada, and both are partly in the arboreal region of the northern hemisphere. Not surprising that Les collaborates with Helle, in that respect, as the conditions are not dissimilar.
     
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  9. Halfneck

    Halfneck

    Jun 30, 2005
    Some people regrind the edge to what gets called a Scandi-convex edge. Reality is, if you use & resharpen your scandi-edge knives, you get a sort of convex edge to it anyway. Hard to maintain a true zero-grind by hand.

    Regardless, for a small fixed blade woods knife I prefer a scandi-grind with a comfortable handle. Sure it's geared towards wood-working, but that's what I use it on. Making stuff to help around the campsite - tent stakes, pot holders, etc.
     
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  10. kingdmx3

    kingdmx3 Basic Member Basic Member

    121
    Apr 19, 2009
    I have one on order. I'll post some pics compared to the other knives he has and some popular bush style knives.
     
  11. kingdmx3

    kingdmx3 Basic Member Basic Member

    121
    Apr 19, 2009
    I just wish it was carbon over their ss.
     
  12. Halfneck

    Halfneck

    Jun 30, 2005
    Helle doesn't offer many of their knives in carbon steel. The only one that comes to mind off the bat is the Viking.

    Generally prefer carbon steel too, but my Helle Symfoni has held up fine.
     
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  13. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Yeah, have to say I think the laminated stainless they use is very good.
     
  14. herisson

    herisson Knuckle dragging and mean minded Neanderthal Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Coming from a brand that caters to hunters, fishers and outdoorsmen this is not very surprising. Even the basic Sandvik 12C27 is a very good steel. I've found that Fallkniven's Lam Cos is quite amazing at holding an edge "forever". Then, Mora has used laminated steel for quite some time and these blades are quite outstanding, too. This said, I have currently no use for the narrow scandi grind, so this outrules most of Helle's offering. Sad...
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2018
  15. John A. Larsen

    John A. Larsen

    Jan 15, 2001
    Rykjeklut, I also thought the "Temagami" which Les Stroud also designed, sounded Japanese until I looked it up and again another Boreal area and a Native Canadian name. John
     
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