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Helle Lappland: A Knife You Can Depend on


In many cultures, your life depends on your knife.

A knife is the tool you use to prepare food, hunt and dress animals, work skins, cut firewood, clear brush and vegetation. In southern cultures that knife is a often a machete. In northern Europe, the indigenous Sami people, who live in northern Sweden, Norway, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia, use a smaller machete-strong and versatile knife. Helle modeled its Lappland after the Sami blade.

A semi-nomadic Sami reindeer herder uses his knife like an axe for the heavy work of maintaining his homestead, feeding his family, and making his clothing. The Lappland is suited to all of the above—it's a work of art that's designed to be used. It's the ultimate camp knife, whether you're working or whittling.

The made-in-Norway Lappland is not as large as a machete, but it is a hefty tool outfitted with a thin, 8.5-inch non-laminated steel blade made for slicing. The birch handle with cast brass fittings brings the knife to 13.25 inches. It comes in a traditional Scandinavian-style etched leather sheath, where the knife sits deep and secure.


Whether or not you plan to clear your garden, open a coconut, or dress a deer with it, the Lappland transitions nicely from slicing cheddar and venison sausage by the campfire to chopping kindling. And it looks badass on a belt. 10.75 ounces; 14.75 ounces with the sheath. Available now, $169;

—Berne Broudy

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