Dokka | Helle’s First Folding Knife in 80 Years

Helle Dokka | Their First Folding Knife

For 80 years, Helle of Norway has operated exclusively as a fixed-blade knife manufacturer. Folding knives simply never fit in with their strict quality standards. However, this Spring that is about to change with the (upcoming) release of the Dokka, Helle’s first folding knife.

The Dokka will feature their signature triple-laminated, razor sharp stainless steel blade measuring 3.5 inches long. The blade folds nicely into the 4.6 inch curly birch handle making it safe and easy to pack.

Helle Dokka | Their First Folding Knife

The estimated retail price will be $159. The main US distributor (Sport-Hansa) has already received their first shipment and some of the better known names like CampSaver, Rock & Snow, Outdoor Supply, Summit Canyon Mountaineering, and the Fifth Season will be carrying the Dokka soon, at least on a limited basis.

I don’t have any additional information about the Dokka’s specs at this point in time or more about the general availability, but as soon as I do I will post an update. I don’t know about you, but this is a pretty sweet looking scandi grind folding bushcraft knife. Being made by Helle simply makes me want it more!

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  • stormcrowgroup

    Love that handle!

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Ditto! I’ve yet to see a bad curly birch handle or scales :)

  • stormcrowgroup

    Love that handle!

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Ditto! I’ve yet to see a bad curly birch handle or scales :)

  • http://twitter.com/AccidentalHiker Bill H.

    Looks to be about perfect size, and the handle is just beautiful!

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      It’s a great looking knife with an amazing lineage.

  • http://twitter.com/AccidentalHiker Bill H.

    Looks to be about perfect size, and the handle is just beautiful!

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    It’s a great looking knife with an amazing lineage.

  • Dan S

    Can I ask an honest question – when folks carry a knife this big on backpacking trips, what exactly are they using it for?

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Dan, to be fair I never said I carry one of these when I’m backpacking, it’s just a gorgeous knife from a great manufacturer.

      This type of knife is more targeted at the bushcraft practitioners who like to practice basic woodsman skills such as making feather sticks, carving, splitting wood, and carving. For those types of purposes a slightly larger blade is necessary, typically that would be a fixed balde knife for which Helle is famous.

      For most of my backpacking trips I carry a smaller Leatherman Squirt PS4. It has pliers, scissors, and a small blade that covers the majority of my needs. That said, I just like the bushcraft style knives and when weight is not an option I like to carry one with me to practice with on the trail.

      Let me ask you, what type of knife if any do you take along with you when you go backpacking?

      • Dan S

        Thanks for the reply Brian. My question was one of genuine curiosity as I’m quite new to overnight/multiday backpacking. Your answer has explained things very well! In my limited experience I have just carried a little swiss army knife with some scissors and a 2″ or so blade. I have only really used it to open packaging and things like that.

        • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

          Dan, no problem. It’s good that you asked the questions. In fact as much as I love my knives (another bushcraft knife review coming shortly) I tend to carry something functional and small with me personally.

          The Leatherman Squirt PS4 has just about everything I need in a minimal knife/tool. Might be another good option for you.

  • Dan S

    Can I ask an honest question – when folks carry a knife this big on backpacking trips, what exactly are they using it for?

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Dan, to be fair I never said I carry one of these when I’m backpacking, it’s just a gorgeous knife from a great manufacturer.

    This type of knife is more targeted at the bushcraft practitioners who like to practice basic woodsman skills such as making feather sticks, carving, splitting wood, and carving. For those types of purposes a slightly larger blade is necessary, typically that would be a fixed balde knife for which Helle is famous.

    For most of my backpacking trips I carry a smaller Leatherman Squirt PS4. It has pliers, scissors, and a small blade that covers the majority of my needs. That said, I just like the bushcraft style knives and when weight is not an option I like to carry one with me to practice with on the trail.

    Let me ask you, what type of knife if any do you take along with you when you go backpacking?

  • Dan S

    Thanks for the reply Brian. My question was one of genuine curiosity as I’m quite new to overnight/multiday backpacking. Your answer has explained things very well! In my limited experience I have just carried a little swiss army knife with some scissors and a 2″ or so blade. I have only really used it to open packaging and things like that.

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Dan, no problem. It’s good that you asked the questions. In fact as much as I love my knives (another bushcraft knife review coming shortly) I tend to carry something functional and small with me personally.

    The Leatherman Squirt PS4 has just about everything I need in a minimal knife/tool. Might be another good option for you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.helle.9 Brian Helle

    I think I should get a discount for being a helle

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.helle.9 Brian Helle

    I think I should get a discount for being a helle

  • Steve Morgan

    I know this conversation is two years old…….but I have a Helle Dokka and it’s a thing of beauty. It feels so nice in the hand and is just comforting to have along for the ride. If I’ve got space I usually pop it in my pack just in case.
    Great blog by the way.