Ask every Norwegian today what his or her first knife was and that kid will answer “speiderkniv med raud tupp”: the scout knife with the red butt.
Helle can trace the origin of these knives back to 1947, when we made the first scout knife with a red butt. The current designs with the girl and boy scout and their traditional scout outfits can be traced to 1971.
The knife was designed and still today produced with two intentions in knife. First, that even though the knife will be used by a child it should be a proper tool. This means that it is sharp and has a functional handle suitable for smaller hands.
Second, that it is safe. The two-way guard prevents hands slipping onto the blade, and the snap-button sheath means that once properly stowed the knife will remain there after use.
However, one should always remember that the most important safety mechanism is proper training – children need to be thought how to use and respect the knife as a tool. Therefore, make sure that the knife is used under adult supervision. Teach them the whittling rules, and make sure that they take care of their knife. And learn them not just how, but also where to use it – in nature and in company with adults. At Helle we pride ourselves in the caring for nature - and what is more important it showing the path in nature to the next generation?
Maintenance: 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 colourless 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.
Sharpening: 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.
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