Being of Norwegian descent, I made sure to drop by the Helle (pronounced hella) booth at BLADE. I still don’t own one of their knives, but I’ve admired their beautiful, classic Scandinavian designs for a long time. While shooting some of the knives for our Instagram page, their rep pulled a new fixed blade from beneath the table to show me. It won’t be released until the fall, but it looks great, and is now a top contender for me if/when I finally get my hands on a Helle.
The knife was designed in collaboration with Voetspore, an overland expedition company specializing in traversing Africa’s Great Rift Valley, and is named after the Dida Galgalu desert range in Kenya. The handle scales are African Kiaat hardwood with a red Vulcanfibre liner.
The blade is Sandvik 12C27 stainless and it will not be laminated like many of Helle’s other offerings. While this is the same steel as used in humble Morakniv products, I have seen the metal in higher end products by Bark River Knife & Tool as well, so there must be something more to this steel when heat treated well.
Unlike the Utvær, the Didi Galgalu has a rounded pommel which should make certain bushcraft tasks more comfortable. The cutout for the index finger is not terribly aggressive and should not interfere with certain grips as much as a more extreme profile would. A pouch-style leather sheath will be included.
Here are the full specifications:
Weight: 6.8 oz
Blade material: Sandvik 12C27
Blade thickness: 3 mm
Blade length: 5.1”
Handle material: African Kiaat wood and Vulcanfibre liner
Handle length: 4.7”
Sheath material: 2 oz