Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Sheath/Scabbard
Excellent historical knife w/ everyday uses
Please bear in mind this review was written by a history nerd who likes historic knives. - Helle's Viking is based on original knives found in Viking graves in Norway. The knife does reflect that 800 c.e. to 1000 c.e. aesthetic of a common man's knife. - There's no metal bolster or guard, just a blade thrust through curly birch, and peened over another piece of steel. - The handle is an oval shape that aids in gripping. Another reviewer was upset because he though the handle was circular in profile, but that would make indexing the knife without looking nearly impossible. - With bushcraft becoming more and more dogmatic, one starts to see movement away from simple proven knives of indigenous or historical provenance. But the Helle Viking is a successful, proven knife carried by people who didn't practice bushcraft, but lived it.