Wabakimi Sleipner
Wabakimi Sleipner
Wabakimi Sleipner
Wabakimi Sleipner
Wabakimi Sleipner
Wabakimi Sleipner
Wabakimi Sleipner

Wabakimi Sleipner

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Designed by survival expert Les Stroud and built like a tank. The Wabakimi is the perfect knife to relaunch with the new tool steel in our lineup: Sleipner.

Sleipner is a high-alloy tool steel developed by Uddeholm that offers a good balance between toughness and edge retention. As such it fits well in a small knife that will see a lot of use for a variety of purposes. 

The Wabakimi is such a knife. Developed as the last of our line of knives with Les Stroud, it combines the knowledge of knife use of a true outdoorsman and the history and craftsmanship in the Helle team to make a knife that is short and stocky in the best of ways. 

The Wabakimi comes with a half-full tang construction, where the blade steel is visible all along the spine of the handle, but not towards the fingers. This makes the knife better to use in the cold climates in the far north. It also gives the knife extra strength, thanks to the thick and solid construction from the full length tang. The spine works well as a striker for ferro rods.

The rich birch handle is hand sanded to its final shape and given a beautiful satin finish. The smooth and rounded shape makes it a perfect tool for long and hard work, without giving any hotspots. The tang is held in place by two thick brass rivets and a pipe rivet in the back. 

The knife comes in a classic leather sheath for belt carry. 

As a tool steel knife, the knife will rust if exposed to water or humidity over time. Wipe down and re-oil after use. 


Specifications Wabakimi - Sleipner
Weight 135 g / 4.76 oz
Blade material Uddeholm Sleipner
Blade thickness 3,1 mm / 0.122 inch
Blade length 80 mm / 3.14 inches
Blade construction Full tang (Full length and ¾ wide)
Handle material Curly birch
Handle length 115 mm / 4.51 inches
Sheath material Genuine leather
Design by Les Stroud & Helle
Design year 2018/2023



The Wabakimi is the third and last addition in the line of knives designed in collaboration with Les Stroud (AKA Survivorman) – a collaboration that developed through years to become a close friendship. Much thanks to the shared love for the outdoors and to continued joy in creating good products. 

The Wabakimi takes its name from the area where Les and his partner spent a full year living off the land and in tune with nature. 

All Helle knives come with tube packaging, maintenance cloth and information leaflet.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
D Dieterich
Wabakimi and Mandra FG Purchase

Using these knives in different ways I am thoroughly satisfied with both. I prefer their fit, finish, style, and material quality meaning they will last me a lifetime. The diverse product line you have will allow me to fulfill many needs and uses in the near future.

Allen Garrow
Great knife!

Just received Wabakimi the other day from Ragweed forge. Beautifully figured birch handle and very well shaped. I swear these knives have mojo, I can feel the craftsmen ship in the handle. Very sharp as advertised.
Interestingly enough I noticed an imperfection on the point. Looking down the back of the blade the point/tip was slightly off center… this did not bother me though and I’m certainly keeping it. It certainly won’t affect the intended purpose. It is character, mass produced knives don’t have character like Hellè knives do. It has a handmade feel that can only come from Hellè… in my opinion.
Thank you for doing what you do.

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