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Helle Introduces Its Most Compact Knife Ever

The Kletten folds 87 years of Nordic design into an everyday carry, pocket sized knife


Helle of Norway is proud to announce the Kletten, the smallest knife ever made by the 87 year-old-brand. Debuting at the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (booth #37148-UL) in Denver, Colorado this June, the Kletten will be available at retail stores this fall.

In development for several years, Helle’s smallest folding knife to date weighs less than 3 ounces. Measuring only 3.1-inches long folded, its compact size doesn’t compromise on capability. Tucked inside the 2.1-inch drop point blade, Helle’s renowned triple laminated stainless steel features a razor-sharp Scandinavian flat ground edge.

This heirloom quality gentleman’s knife takes its name from a small but rugged hill near the Helle factory where locals go to enjoy nature. The knife’s striking curly birchwood scales are handcrafted to match the forests of Norway.

“The outdoors always provides our inspiration, from the natural materials we use to how we create our designs,” explains Jan Steffen Helle, production manager. “Our first everyday carry knife needed to be a small yet functional design, one that stays true to our Nordic heritage and craft.”

For over 80 years, Helle’s production focused on traditional fixed-blade knives. In 2010 Helle introduced the best selling Dokka, the brand’s first folding knife. In 2017, Helle released a second larger folding knife with the Bleja. To address the demand for a smaller Scandinavian style knife, the Kletten is designed as an everyday carry, pocket sized knife for outdoor enthusiasts.

“Getting outside is often a spontaneous act, a short walk at lunch or a bike commute home, activities that don’t require a fixed blade knife,” says Svein-Erik Helle, Helle’s managing director. “We designed the Kletten as a small knife for small trips, a pocket-sized companion for simple, everyday tasks.”

Product Specifications:

Name: Kletten

Weight: 84 g / 2.96 oz

Blade material: triple laminated stainless steel

Blade thickness: 2.7mm

Blade length: 55mm / 2.16-inches

Handle material: Curly birchwood

Handle length: 80 mm / 3.14-inches

Total length (open): 135 mm / 5.31-inches

Style: Folding, lockback

MSRP: $199

Since 1932 Helle makes knives for international markets from the small village of Holmedal, situated on Norway’s rugged northern coast. Please contact Matt Huff (matthuff@sport-hansa.com) for retailer inquiries in the U.S., or James Graven for press inquiries (james@treehousepr.com). Visit helle.com for distributors outside the USA.

About Helle of Norway
Founded in 1932 by brothers Steinar and Sigmund, Helle is a family-owned, world-renowned brand known for producing aesthetically stunning, highly functional knives. Each Helle knife is handcrafted in Holmedal, Norway using natural materials and strict adherence to the art and tradition of Scandinavian knife making. Skilled hands play a major role in Helle’s knife production, and each knife takes up to 45 manual processes to complete. By finishing each knife individually, craftsmen bring out the best qualities of Helle’s past, place, people, and production. The result is a one-of-a-kind knife, worthy of passing down through generations. Please visit www.helle.com to learn more and follow @helleknives on Instagram and Facebook.