Helle Les Stroud Mandra Fixed 2.5" Triple Laminated Blade, Curly Birch Wood Handles, Leather Sheath - 620


Part #: HE620 | Helle Knives
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HE620: Mandra
In order to perfect the design of this knife, Helle traveled to the raw, remote and overwhelmingly beautiful country of Romania to work alongside Les Stroud. Helle and Les Stroud are extremely proud of this knife and its potential; in fact the word Mandra literally translates to proud. This well designed fixed blade has a 2.5" drop point blade that utilizes and neat polished finish. The curly birch handles are designed to remain useful whether it is wet or dry. The Helle Mandra is made in Norway and comes with a leather sheath.


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.
  • Blade Length: 2.5"
  • Handle Length: 3.25"
  • Overall Length: 5.75"
  • Blade Material: Triple Laminated Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.10"
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Finish: Polished
  • Handle Material: Curly Birch
  • Handle Thickness: 0.66"
  • Sheath Material: Leather
  • Weight: 2.4 oz.
  • Designer: Les Stroud
  • 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 Les Stroud Mandra Fixed 2.5" Triple Laminated Blade, Curly Birch Wood Handles, Leather Sheathrated 2.750 stars out of 5 (4 reviews)
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Helle Les Stroud Mandra Fixed 2.5" Triple Laminated Blade, Curly Birch Wood Handles, Leather Sheath
rated 2 stars out of 5
Jun 08, 2020
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Overall Quality
Not Good
extremely uncomfortable strangely shaped handle. Very pretty purposefully picked wood but pokey angles on handle needed to be reshaped and sanded - dunno if that was intentional or not. 3-3.5 finger grip shaped for a full 4 fingered babies hand? blade grind came uneven(but very sharp!). sheath is comfy, button clasp is sturdy but stitching is falling apart and belt loop is about sliced in half after a week of carry. came with dried gobs of shellac or something inside the brass rings. bought this on sale for 147.00 and i feel i still overpaid - shes a fixer upper! out of the "tube" it honestly felt like a 50-70 dollar knife. don't buy this one
Helle Les Stroud Mandra Fixed 2.5" Triple Laminated Blade, Curly Birch Wood Handles, Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Kevin C
Apr 19, 2017
Pros: Materials, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Weight, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Handle Material, None
Great knife, small package
After a long search for a neck dangler I came across this knife. Helle has a great reputation for quality knives. This knife did not disappoint me. Great fit in my medium-large hand. I hardly know when it is hanging around my neck due to low weight. While the handle finish is different than larger Helle knives, it is well made, has great curvature so it fits your grip. Don't be fooled because it appears less fancy than most Helle products. The two hollow rivets thru the handle allow it to be attached to a staff to create a long reach cutting tool. The laminated blade exterior stainless protects the higher carbon cutting steel core blade from corrosion and is easy to clean. The full tang construction adds to the handle strength and helps provide good balance to the knife. The sheath can also be used via the belt loop, although the knife's overall low weight makes it easy to forget you are wearing it so I prefer the neck leather straps. Hope I never lose this knife, but if I do, I will buy another. Best quality neck knife I've owned.
Helle Les Stroud Mandra Fixed 2.5" Triple Laminated Blade, Curly Birch Wood Handles, Leather Sheath
rated 2 stars out of 5
Rudy Eidam
Hendersonville, NC
May 10, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, None
Cons: Materials, Handle Material
Helle Mandra
I feel the product in no way lives up to the Helle knives I have purchased in the past. My prior Helle knives were of the highest quality, but the Mandra wood to metal fits are less than good.
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