Helle Didi Galgalu Fixed 5.125" Sandvik 12C27 Blade, African Kiaat Handles, Leather Sheath - 610


Part #: HE610 | Helle Knives
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HE610: Didi Galgalu
Designed in collaboration with the Voetspore team of South Africa , this knife is designed to withstand the hardships of transcontinental journeys of Africa.

Named after the Didi Galgalu Desert in Northern Kenya, seen by many as the last frontier of Africa. The full tang construction and three rivets on the handle reinforce the African Kiaat wood handle. The Scandinavian ground blade, genuine leather sheath, and Kiaat-wood handle assure Helle's renowned rugged beauty.


Helle knives are designed to retain their sharpness as a lifelong outdoors companion. But it is still important to take care of your knife and its sheath.

The Handle - Dry the handle with a soft cloth if wet and wax occasionally.

The Sheath - The leather needs to be impregnated occasionally with colorless impregnation agent (grease or wax) to keep supple. Dry the sheath carefully in room temperature if it becomes wet

The Blade - Wipe the blade with a soft cloth if wet and treat with grease occasionally.


Use a diamond tool or a wet stone for sharpening. Place the knife bevel flat to the sharpening tool and work the entire blade. Work one side until you can feel a slight burr on the opposite side. Switch side and repeat the procedure until you feel the burr on the first side. You have now established an edge.

Remove the burr by stroking the blade gently over the sharpening surface on both sides, as if cutting very thin slices. Keep the bevel flat towards the sharpener and move from side to side until the burr is gone.

If the blade is very dull or damaged, use a fine-grained grindstone and plenty of water and sharpen until you have a raw edge. Use much cooling liquid and never sharpen on a dry stone. A hot-ground edge looses its heat treatment and ruins the blade.
  • Name: Didi Galgalu
  • Manufacturer Part Number: 610
  • Blade Length: 5.125"
  • Cutting Edge: 5"
  • Overall Length: 9.75"
  • Blade Material: Sandvik 12C27 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.12"
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Scandi
  • Blade Finish: Polished
  • Handle Material: African Kiaat
  • Handle Thickness: 0.96"
  • Sheath Material: Leather
  • Weight: 6.8 oz.
  • Weight with Sheath: 8.8 oz.
  • Made in Norway
Wood Handles
Wood Handles Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Helle Didi Galgalu Fixed 5.125" Sandvik 12C27 Blade, African Kiaat Handles, Leather Sheathrated 4.000 stars out of 5 (1 review)
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Helle Didi Galgalu Fixed 5.125" Sandvik 12C27 Blade, African Kiaat Handles, Leather Sheath
rated 4 stars out of 5
Macdonald Outdoors
Montana U.S.A.
Aug 31, 2019
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Good Adventure Knife
I purchased this knife to use on a hunting trip and trusted Helle by a couple of other Helles I own. The knife is light for its size, which was an important consideration for me, as I had to carry other fairly heavy gear. The handle fills, and feels good in my hand, but is not too big for my medium size hand. The handle material is a fine hardwood with nice "figuring" and the overall fit-and-finish of the knife is very good. The knife came very sharp with a factory low secondary bevel which I had to re-shape into a true Scandi in order to make sure it stayed sharp with all the camp tasks anticipated. I did do a lot of skinning, stick sharpening, line cutting and food prep (etc.) which it handled very well. The Sandvik stayed sharp. The sheath held the knife a little shallow and loose and I used a lanyard to hold it in the sheath while travelling. I'm generally a "big knife" guy, but this was just right for this trip. Overall a great knife.


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