Reviews and Ratings for Helle Survivorman Temagami Knife 4-1/4" Stainless Steel Blade, Curly Birch Handle, Leather Sheath - 300

Helle Survivorman Temagami Knife 4-1/4" Stainless Steel Blade, Curly Birch Handle, Leather Sheathrated 4.0 stars out of 5 (7.0 reviews)
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Helle Survivorman Temagami Knife 4-1/4 inch Stainless Steel Blade, Curly Birch Handle, Leather Sheath

 

Price: $189.00

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Helle Survivorman Temagami Knife 4-1/4" Stainless Steel Blade, Curly Birch Handle, Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Matt
Middletown, MD
May 02, 2012
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None

"When failure isn't an option" is how it was described to me

That's how this knife was described to me by someone. I'd have to agree. It's a stout knife, blade typical of Helle (I have the laminated SS version) and the spine runs all the way along the back of the handle. I've used it batoning (typically the worst abuse you can put a knife through in "normal" use) without any problem, and while I'm careful of form just out of habit I can't see how you could break this batoning wood. I take this knife backpacking, canoe tripping, and just about every outdoor activity I engage in, have used it for general cutting tasks, batoning and cutting firewood, food preparation, and just about anything else you could think of, and it looks brand new with only some cosmetic abrasions on the side of the blade that I could buff out if I was really worried about it, to show for what I've put it through. The only possible negative I could think of with this knife, which isn't really one for me, is that the thickness of the blade is a bit thick for slicing food thinly, but that's not the purpose of this knife.
Helle Survivorman Temagami Knife 4-1/4" Stainless Steel Blade, Curly Birch Handle, Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Callum C.
Owings, MD
Aug 09, 2012
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None

Very good knife.

I really like this knife. It may seem expensive at first, but once you hold this beauty, it's love at first sight. I was looking for a bushcraft knife that had a Scandi edge and I wanted that knife to not be made in Asia, Central and South America, and most importantly CHINA. (Yes, I know China is in Asia.) After weeks of searching I found this knife. The knife comes in a little tube that says Helle on the side and it says designed by Les Stroud. The weight of the knife is surprising, very nice and light. The grip is comfortable and the wood is pretty and warm to the touch. (Note: The wood colors differ on the handle, I had the leisure of going to Knife Center and picking out my own knife.) The blade cut paper pretty easy and didn't snag. The sheath is leather with a plastic inlay to protect the sheath from the blade. On thing though is that the plastic inlay got loose on the first few times of taking the knife out and it came out. No worries, Helle is sending me a NEW leather sheath for free with no shipping cost at all. All in all, this is a great knife and that little sheath mishap shouldn't discourage you because if something like that does happen, you've got a Lifetime Guarantee and Helle will replace anything that is of manufacture error. (If slam the knife against a rock and ask for a new knife, they won't give you a new one.) So get this knife and you'll never regret any bit of it!
Helle Survivorman Temagami Knife 4-1/4" Stainless Steel Blade, Curly Birch Handle, Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Mark
Columbia, TN
Apr 26, 2019
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None

I Like Mine

It’s a beautiful knife. It fits my hand perfectly. It does everything a knife should do. I don’t abuse a tool so I find it completely adequate for what I do in the woods. If I didn’t care what a knife looked like, there are cheaper substitutes.
Helle Survivorman Temagami Knife 4-1/4" Stainless Steel Blade, Curly Birch Handle, Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Faultroy
Eagleville MO
May 04, 2018
Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None

Excellent blade with Innovative Features

I'm writing this review to clarify a few comments of other reviewers that are inaccurate. 1) This is a laminated steel blade. This means that the blade is "sandwiched" between two thin sheets of stainless steel, with a high carbon steel insert. Many of the high end Japanese Kitchen knives are made the same way. This gives You the maintenance free performance of a stainless steel knife, with the high carbon performance of a high carbon steel knife. 2) This knife is not designed to be batoned with. If You want to baton with a knife get Yourself a chopping blade like the excellent Kershaw camp knife for the $40.00 plus price range. The Temagami is a high quality outdoor knife that is designed for edge holding. The RC based on my experience is around 59 RC. 3) Because this knife has two thin pieces of Stainless steel on each side of its High Carbon Core (You can easily see this by looking down the spine of the knife and You can actually see the thinness of the stainless steel and the High Carbon Center) You CANNOT strike a fire steel on the spine. You can of course strike it on the edge near the Ricasso where the high carbon blade is exposed. 4) While I have the LAMINATED STAINLESS STEEL VERSION, the Temagami also comes in a high carbon ONLY version. I believe they cost the same. However, as stated above, the advantage of this laminated Stainless Steel is that You get the maintenance free element of a stainless Steel knife, with the high edge retention of a high carbon steel blade. The blade is a very efficient length and a joy to use. HOWEVER, it is not designed for really heavy duty batoning. Very few knives are, and in reality, these knives are not designed to do that.
Helle Survivorman Temagami Knife 4-1/4" Stainless Steel Blade, Curly Birch Handle, Leather Sheath
rated 3 stars out of 5
Shawn
Mtns.
Jul 19, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Weight, None
Cons: Blade Material, Overall Quality

It's overpriced considering materials.

The Helle Temagami is the perfect example of how knife companies take advantage of a popular activity,(bushcrafting) and use a celebrity to endorse/design the knife,and charge double/triple for what the knife actually is worth.Helle's not the only one's doing it...The Temagami has an average grade of steel(Sandvik12c27) that is used in several knives that cost under $75.Mora for example,uses it,and a typical Mora runs anywhere from $15-50.The handle on the Temagami is nice,it is birch,a commonly used wood on scandanavian blades.It's nothing special..The sheath is leather.A commonly used material for scandanavian style sheaths.Nothing sets the Temagami apart from all the other bushcraft style knives with which it competes against,except the fact that a celebrity/survival expert(Les Stroud) supposedly designed it,and endorses it.The BenchMade bushcrafter for example,costs the same as the Temagami,but has FAR SUPERIOR steel(S30v),ergonomics,fit/finish,and IMO,handle and sheath..There's Plenty of bushcraft knives that costs $75-150 that are not celebrity endorsed,and doesn't come with bells and whistles,but are good no nonsense blades.Ignore the hype,and the marketing gimmicks folks.The Temagami is a good blade,it's just not worth it's price.At $75-100 it would be a Fair deal.But at it's current price,if your willing to spend $170 for a bushcraft knife,just get the BenchMade bushcraft.Alot better steel.Alot better Everything....
Helle Survivorman Temagami Knife 4-1/4" Stainless Steel Blade, Curly Birch Handle, Leather Sheath
rated 3 stars out of 5
Jorge B
Spain
Jun 25, 2014
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Sheath/Scabbard, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Finish

Good knife - Poor Handle finished for the price.

Is a good knife which I love work with. But!! TERRIBLE HANDLE FINISHED. A lot of scratches and tools signals, the lanyard hole look terrible and asymmetric with a really rustic finished. Both pins looking short in one side and large in the other, with the scratches around both pins. The finger grove is nasty as hell, somebody forgot use a sand paper over there. You can fix it (the handle) with a sand paper, sealer and other products. BUT if you can buy just the tang blade for $60 average, where are suppose to be the extra $133 dollars???? I though in a nice curly birch handle, but my surprise!! NOO!. Is a really poor handle finished. Nice Blade, work fine, I liked. But Why you have to spend 4 hours and materials fixing (re-finishing) a $195 knife handle?. (by the way, the blade is not mint condition aether but is ok) My case is a over-seas sale, I know that I overpaid, and I already assimilated, but being in USA, I was sending it back for sure. Helle is going down in quality control.
Helle Survivorman Temagami Knife 4-1/4" Stainless Steel Blade, Curly Birch Handle, Leather Sheath
rated 2 stars out of 5
Rmg
Canada
Aug 05, 2017
Pros: Handle Material, Materials, Weight, Sheath/Scabbard, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Blade Material, Finish

Quality is just not there.

I initially loved everything about this knife when I first got... then I took it outside to use. 1. The back spine is neither sharp enough nor hard enough (3-layer stainless steel) to use with a fire steel. Only the blade edge is hard enough and I don't want to ruin the blade doing that! 2. The jimping is in the wrong place on the spine (I don't think the new ones have it at all) and does not work with a fire steel as it was designed for. 3. A few minutes battoning and the brass pins started to rotate. Now they are out of line with the birch handle and present hard edges for the hands to cut on. 4. I like the blade shape and the grind. And the handle is ergonomic and fits nicely. But because of 1-3, I can't recommend this blade to anyone but a collector.