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The Dokka Lockback: A Helle of a pocket knife

Posted on 28 May 2015

As hardened knife likers, it takes something special to turn our heads. The new Helle Dokka lockback isn't just head-turning, it's made us rethink what we require from our tools. To start: this is an outlive-you-quality knife, made by a meticulous bunch of craftsmen who actually use their own gear. Helle is a small family company, run out of a small farming village sandwiched between a mountain and a fjord in Norway. While they sound slightly fantastical, this very real company has specialized in tough, handmade, daily-use knives for generations. So much so that the durability and long-life of their early knives threatened to put the small company out of business, and prompted the founders to bicycle their sharp wares over a mountain range and across hundred of miles to vend in larger cities. 

In the case of the Dokka, their high quality work comes through in heft and simplicity. The unusually stout blade is made of triple laminated stainless steel: a high carbon alloy center for durable wicked edge plus two layers of stainless steel for corrosion prevention. The thick forged design makes it thick, sharp, and tough as hell(e). It folds securely, opens smoothly, and the wide Curly Birch handle gives great purchase. As a folder it feels as sturdy and predictable as a fixed blade. Smooth and well-weighted, with an edge that won't quit even after months of daily use, whether you're doing farm work or aimless campfire whittling. We find the lightly formed wood handle fits a surprisingly wide range of hands, and is designed well for long term upkeep.

These burly handmade knives come with a fittingly thick, well-made leather sheath with belt loop, a Helle cleaning and carrying cloth, and a lifetime warranty, and it all arrives in a snug recycled tube. Great gift-giving material for that mountainous badass in your life. $160, in now at Hand-Eye Supply.

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