I just received confirmation the 2021 Helle Temagami 14 Ltd Edition has been released. These are enroute as I write. If you visit the Trestle Pine Knives storefront, you can order now and the knives will ship the week of 11.15.21. Only 200 of these are available in the United States.
Helle has released the Temagami in three variations. The original Temagami was designed by Les Stroud in 2011. The blade was a triple Laminated Carbon steel
The second release came in 2012. This variation has a triple Laminated Stainless steel blade. All other specs stayed the same.
This year, the Helle Temagami 14 Limited Edition is built knife around a 14C28N Stainless Blade. Another tweak they made was to actually sharpen the corner edge of the spine. The point being to facilitate the use of a ferro rod for fire starting.
Scandinavian Knife Styles
The simple design of the Scandinavian knife is exactly that…simple. No fancy guards, huge upswept blades, convex grinds. Just simple yet incredibly practical knives. Blade steel is frequently the time proven 14C28N stainless. Its great to see Helle take a popular pattern and offer 3 different steel options in the same pattern.
The most common feature of the Scandinavian knives is the flat, Scandi grind. The flat grind starts about half way up the blade and results in an incredibly sharp edge. We’re typically talking shaving sharp. Another great feature of this grind is the ease of sharpening. Just keep the flat grind against the stone and your good to go. It makes it pretty hard to mess the edge up.
Scandinavian knives are typically built for light to medium use. They’re great for skinning game, boning, trimming and all of the tasks associated with processing game. The scandi grind is perfect for carving or creating shavings for fire starting. A thin blade profile is perfect for these tasks but isn’t designed to be beat on or used for batoning firewood. If you’re looking for a knife to chop brush, split wood or cut bone, there are better options. In fact, consider a small hatchet.
The Temagami is a great example of a popular knife designed by an outdoorsman, Les Stroud. All of us that actually use our knives have blade and steel preferences. It’s not always possible to get the pattern we like with the blade steel of our preference. Now, the Temagami is available with three choices of blade steel. There should be one that meets most folks needs.