February 23, 2024


Norwegian knife maker Helle makes some of the most beautiful knives in the world. Its latest is particularly special, celebrating the past while calling for action for the future. The new limited-edition Rein knife pays homage to the company’s heritage and most beloved animal: the reindeer. Featuring a gorgeous handle crafted from reindeer antler, dark oak and leather, this knife reminds us to protect what we hold most dear.

Since its founding in 1932, Helle has relied on natural materials including oak, birch, leather and reindeer antler. “Rein” means reindeer in Norwegian and celebrates this tradition with its multi-material construction. Rein’s 4.3″ (110mm) handle is crafted from a combination of sustainably sourced reindeer antler inserts, dark oak, and leather that work together to mimic the earthy, multi-toned colors of reindeer fur.

Helle Rein honors Norwegian heritage
Helle Rein honors Norwegian heritage

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“Reindeer have been one of the most important animals in Norway’s fauna for thousands of years, and the indigenous Sami people have herded and tended their ‘domesticated’ reindeer herds since at least 1500,” Helle said of the new Knife explained. “Since then, reins have been Norway’s most important source of wildlife protein. In addition, reindeer provide the people of the Nordic country with fur for warmth and – most importantly for Heller – for Antlers for crafts.”

The special edition handle is ergonomically shaped when cutting and chipping with the 3.5″ (90 mm) polished, triple-laminated stainless steel blade. Helle calls it a classic Norwegian outdoor knife, and it’s perfect for most activities you’ll do with a knife on your outdoor adventures.

Rein has a pretty gorgeous and unique look, if you ask us, and will be limited to handcrafting just 1,000 knives worldwide. This 2.6-ounce (92-gram) knife comes with a sheath made of vegetable-tanned leather and engraved with the reindeer logo.

The reins come with a specially imprinted oiled leather sheath
The reins come with a specially imprinted oiled leather sheath

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In addition to paying homage to reindeer and Helle’s heritage, Rein also aims to spread awareness of the current struggles of the species. In Norway and other Nordic countries, humans are increasingly encroaching on the territories of the northern reindeer, Helle explained.

A knife made by humans from reindeer antler might seem like an odd way to highlight the issue of human encroachment, but Helle explained that the antlers are sustainably sourced and don’t harm live animal antlers:

“People can obtain antlers in two main ways, depending in part on whether they come from wild reindeer or ‘domesticated’ herds. The first is picking fallen antlers in the wild. Male reindeer (with the largest antlers are best for knives shank)) drop their antlers in late autumn/early winter, and if you are knowledgeable and timed well, you can harvest them before the antlers start to rot. The second is antlers harvested from animals for meat. Domesticated Nordic herds are carefully monitored to “ensure that the flock is maintained at sustainable levels and that only excess is harvested. By using antlers in our hilts, Helle also facilitates the use of the whole animal, ensuring that the amount of waste is kept to a minimum. ”

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Helle launched Rein in mid-April, and it’s available now through select retailers for $179. Those who don’t have one of the 1,000 may find something in the company’s larger knife line, filled with equally good-looking knives designed for hunting, fishing, and general outdoor use.

source: Heller