Helle of Norway

Building on an 85-year tradition of hand-crafted knives designed and tested in the outdoors, Helle unveils its latest collaboration with Les Stroud, star of Survivorman. Named for the vast wilderness park in Ontario, Canada, the Wabakimi knife is designed for self-reliance in nature.

Helle’s Wabakimi knife has a handle made from curly birch wood with a lanyard hole.

The third in a series of Helle knives designed with Stroud, the Wabakimi combines Helle’s 85 years crafting traditional Scandinavian knives with Stroud’s mastery of primitive skills. The latest addition is a medium-size, well-balanced knife small enough for hip carry, yet amply sized to make precise cutting and long carving sessions comfortable and efficient.

The new knife fits between the larger, best-selling Temagami (2010), a practical wilderness knife, and the light and compact Mândra (2017) neck knife. The Wabakimi combines the advantages of the Temagami's ergonomic handle and long, pointed blade with the Mândra's rounded shape. Featuring a three-quarter, partial tang reinforced with two robust pins, the Wabakimi sports a handle made from curly birch wood with a lanyard hole, and has a 3.3-inch drop-point blade that uses Helle's renowned triple-laminated steel. SRP: $199. (helle.no)