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The 2023 limited edition Helle knife celebrates one of Helle’s favourite animals: The Reindeer (Rein in Norwegian). Reindeer has been one of the most important animals in the Norwegian fauna for thousands of years. and has supplied the people of the Nordic countries with meat for proteins, pelts for warmth, and – most importantly for Helle – antlers for crafts.
Reindeer antlers are a treasured craft material for several reasons. First, they offer a natural supply of hard yet machinable natural material. Second, the natural variation in patterning and colour make them aesthetically appealing. Third, Scandinavian reindeer antlers are a sustainable and renewable source of handle material.
There is a more sinister reason for us highlighting the Rein this year though – the ongoing plight of Wildlife across the globe. Even the well-tended wild and semi-domesticated Nordic reindeer herds are currently under pressure. The main threats is, as in many parts of the world, human encroachment. Our 2023 Limited Edition knife is therefore dedicated towards raising awareness of the precariousness of our ecosystems in general and the Reindeer in particular.
Description of knife: The Rein is of course built with the image of a Reindeer in mind. These are large, gracious animals that are ideally suited to life up north. The colours in the knife mirror those of the reindeer – earthly tones split by variations in white. The knife features a scandi grind, 9 cm highly polished blade in our laminate H3LS steel. The composite handle has an ample belly built by equal parts leather and reindeer antler inlets, framed by a front and back piece in dark oak. The shape is that of a classic, Norwegian outdoor knife, ideally suited to most things you need a knife for when venturing out either for your Sunday trip or longer adventures.
The knife comes in a sheath made from genuine, vegetable-tanned brown leather and features a Reindeer print on the front.