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Helle Viking Knife Making Blade 4-1/4" Triple Laminated Carbon Steel, 8-5/8" Overall - 96-BL

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Part Number: HE96BLD
Manufacturer: Helle Knives
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HE96BLD: Viking Knife Making Blade
Helle Viking Blade. 8-5/8" overall. 4-1/4" triple laminated carbon steel blade. Made in Norway.
3.667 (3 reviews)
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Bill B
Apr 24, 2015
Pros: Size, Material, Style
Cons: None
Feels good to hold
Made knife as a Christmas present with the blade and piece of fruitwood stump. It worked above my expectations. Feels so good,I bought a Viking as an all purpose tool to carry. Plan to make three more one for each of my four children. Looking for blades and grommets---your price????
5 out of 5
Bill B
Calhoun, Ga.
Mar 11, 2015
Pros: Size, Material, Style
Cons: None
Sore fingers
This blade feels right, the weight,sharpness,and looks are fantastic. Think it will make a great first knife that I have made.
1 out of 5
Apr 24, 2014
Pros: Material
Cons: None
Blade is twisted
Helle finished knives are generally good quality. My main complaint is the Scandinavian grind. Either a center line was not used or the guy grinding was inexperienced because the edge is twisted. So it takes a bunch of work to re-grind a straight edge. The edge is also way off center. Disappointed with that but their laminated steel is good. I know it's the "Viking" model and supposed to be rough from the forge but that's no reason for rushing through all the grinding and it's also stamped or "hot cut" so one edge is a sharp 90 degree and the other is round. If you want a nice fit on the joint for a hidden tang you have to file off a bunch of metal. Almost to the point of re-profiling the spine and ricasso area. If none of that bothers you it's a decent price minus the poor, off center, uneven and twisted grind. The "from the forge" finish looked pretty bad. Not anything like a Japanese kuro-uchi, "black hammered" finish. I sanded and finished at 1000 grit instead. If you know all this and it doesn't bother you then it's worth it as a little project hopefully yours is better out of the box. Other models of Helle blade kits ship in excellent condition with a little squaring of the tang using a file and some sort of jig for a really tight fit.
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