Brusletto & Helle

Today i will show two knives made by Helle and Brusletto. My philosophy is that fixed blade knives can be used in combination with SAKs and Multi-Tools. The Brusletto is the Femund and it is a very robust full tang knife. This knife is one of the most popular knives made by them and it is very popular with outdoors people and Hunters. It is a hand-bliss knife for a full tang construction and it is a very safe handle with the correct ergonomics in every aspect. This design is without a doubt complete. It got many of the Scandinavian aspects to this knife, the blade is 4mm stock with a very sturdy edge design. The handle material is a micarta type. The 440C blades are made in Spain if I remember correct and these steels with 440C and similarities are what they do best there. It does not take away any of the quality.

The handle material is perfectly following the tang and every edge on the handle is rounded, same goes with the guard that is actually the shape of the tang fit with bolster on the sides. I can understand why this design is so popular here. Hunters and outdoors people in Norway are fully aware of the demand a knife must fulfill. The design on the Femund is probably the most complete I have seen on any full tang construction. The sheath is very well made and secure.

Next is the Helle Mandra and this is a little gem. Mr Survivorman has done it again. It is a very fun and interesting knife. It is a type that can be carried on a belt or around the neck. This is also a full tang construction with curly birch handle. The complete handle is rounded except for the front of the handle towards the area that acts as a guard. This could be rounded some if preferred. It is very easy to do because this area is fully free and part of the blade. The knife edge is crazy sharp! It got a mirror polished blade with a very cool logo. It is a complete little knife and just like the Femund it got a lanyard hole. Both knives come with a leather sheath. The Helle got a plastic inlay and the loop with a push button secures the knife firmly. One can alter the carry in different ways by the leather string in the belt loop or through the lanyard hole. Maybe that is the safest. Mr Stroud does not play survival, this he has proven. The steel is the best quality triple laminated stainless steel on the Mandra. The cool factor is off the charts. The handle is ergonomically designed for a four finger grip. It works!


Over the years I have used Helle and Brusletto knives and they never fail. I feel a bit proud that these two knives are Norwegian.

Helle Mandra


Following up on the Mandra with the four finger grip including the thumb:

The little finger can be used to lock behind the handle. There are plenty of different grips that could be used.  The interesting thing is that even so it is a small knife there is enough blade to be used for many cutting tasks. It is also a rather robust design so it will be able to fit surprisingly much. There are many advantages with small lightweight knives. It takes little space and it is so light only 105 grams with blade, sheath and strap. The blade alone weighs 65 grams. This blade could be used for skinning, fishing, hunting and utility tasks. The Helle Stainless Steel triple laminated I know much about and to have a small cutting tool with such abilities got advantages.

“By using an active thumb you get a much control”





The Mandra`s sheath got a plastic inlay to protect it from the edge as said. It got a double seam plus it got a middle layer.  Everything has been thought about on this knife.  The plastic inlay also covers the metal from the button and rivet so the blade will not contact other metal, not that this is very important. It will prevent scratching and sound when you are hunting. Metal on metal may be a wrong sound sometimes.


The lanyard hole on the back of the curly birch handle with Vulcan fibre is large and that is very smart. The front rivet is also hollow and I am sure this will find use one way or another, it is a smaller diameter.






The Femund handle is a complete design and it is a hand-bliss one. That said a full-tang knife cannot beat a stick tang Scandi handle with Masur-birch for example when it is cold. The full tang knives are stronger blades and that is one advantage depending on user. Bushcraft can be just as well with a stick tang knife as a full tang one. The Femund got a generous handle so it can be used with gloves. In the winter gloves are used so it does not always matter if the metal is exposed on the handle. For precision work the gloves comes off. Back and forth it is all depending on user. I like both. The complete design on the Brusletto knife ergonomics is obvious that it can be used by hunters. This design fit well for bushcraft, camping and most outdoors needs. It got a Scandi edge. The 4mm blade is therefore extra strong and the tip is robust.

Total it weighs 325 grams with sheath and 259 grams without sheath.

21:05 Mândra


I know it may or not be to important with the name for the Helle. I was looking for the correct letter first and i noticed it is called Mandra by some like i did. The absolute correct is Mândra and it means proud. This i knew Kul 


21:30 Femund


It is named after a national park in Norway and designed by the CEO at Brusletto. The sheath is made from cowhide leather and it is secure with the safety lock. This is a very smart design because it will prevent the blade from falling out. The push button secures the blade firm above the finger guard. The folded leather will actually prevent the blade from falling out even if the push button is open. You can pull the blade out with one hand after opening the button. The most secure is to open the button and use one hand to pull the folded leather away from the edge while you use the other hand to pull the blade free and securely out. It will prevent cutting the leather because knives by Brusletto are scary sharp as well.


The blade is 11,5 cm long and the complete knife with handle is 23,5 cm long.

I would like to mention some more about the sheath and it is the use of a middle layer to protect the edge from cutting the seam. It is a very secure way to prevent damage on the seam. Brusletto makes good sheaths. You can see the use of a rivet on the top and bottom of it. This follow up and it will prevent the seam or any change happening when you use it much. By using rivets on the sheath is a safety feature. It is typically a Brusletto trade. The seam is perfect. This knife got much of Scandinavian Philosphy in it. It is also much of American philosphy in the design.


The Femund blade is completely straight.

One more thing about the sheath and that is that Brusletto seal the rim along the sheath and or color it. There are three layers of leather that is sealed and make it difficult to see that there are three layers, and this is good.

Based on knives I have seen by many Brands over the years I know a bit about why this is done. If the rim is not sealed by an obvious coat of some kind then the leather is impregnated anyhow. If the rim is not sealed it does not mean that the leather will suck moist and water. To seal the rim may be because of design and the quality look.  If you have a sheath with exposed leather it is most likely impregnated or waxed. Back and forth it is not up to me to decide what is best. I would believe the quality is the same with or without.  Exposed leather can be waxed well and the rim is sealed enough. Sealing or coloring of the rim follows the skin surface many times to look the best. Many times glue is used to hold the sheath together before it will be sewn and riveted.


A Swiss Army Knife that could be the 111mm or 130mm knives got models that can do everything. That mean we enthusiasts know how to use them and it is fully possible in the outdoors to rely on a SAK. They are quality made and will do the tasks intended. The wood saw relieves the blade from the harder tasks and you have extra utility possibilities because of the functions. Scissors for example is a great survival tool. I could be talking for hours at end. In the outdoors for bushcraft and survival an axe will outperform full tang knives and SAKs when it comes to larger tasks and cutting needs.  My philosophy and what I have learned is that if you would plan to be in the outdoors for a longer time one would need a fixed blade knife, a SAK and an axe. Perhaps a large wood saw. It is absolutely fascinating that many have a philosophy of managing to survive with just a blade and that this is a main teaching in the trade. It is too risky for most people to get by with just one knife. It is about building shelter, hunting, gathering food and to protect oneself or others against dangerous animals. Bushcraft and survival must be learned and be schooled on. Most survival situations are with disasters in or around cities and areas with other people.

My philosophy is that small trips or fishing with some camping is perfect for the fixed blade and SAK/Multi-tools. To have one fixed blade knife for safety and for the main tasks when you are in the outdoors or fishing for one example. A fixed blade knife is easier to clean and to control. The SAKs and multi-tools will make you able to repair modern equipment and gear. I really cannot find any situation where the combo will not be a valuable help.

There are many that would say that a 440C blade is not good enough and that there are many better steels on the market. Well if 440C is treated correct like this then it is very good steel. If one is used to using a SAK blade then this Femund blade is like a giant. I really cannot see what kind of cutting I would do that could break this blade. Every blade can be broken that I can guarantee. I do not like knife abuse or “ man handle” a knife.



Hope you enjoyed following me today and to see my updates as i investigated the knives.


Keep the edge sharp!

11.12.2016 Combinations


There are several SAK categories that can be used in combination with fixed blade knives. As there are many fixed blades knives that can fulfill SAKs. The teachings in survival is to manage to survive by using one tool. This is also many times a bushcraft trade mark. I agree that to learn to survive with one tool is important. The philosophy of SAKs is that one tool with its functions may be even better than one fixed blade knife. In the evryday life survival is not the issue at all. It is about comfort and safety. Things may happen in the everyday life that just as well can result in a survival situation. Basically it is about the comfort and when it is possible the comfort and versatile knives may complete everything.


There is very little to gain by making enemies of the SAKs philosophies and Fixed blade philosophies. Combinations is the clue in my opinion!


Brusletto left the edges on the blade itself sharp. It can be used for firesteel and so on..

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02.06 | 15:01

Hi, thank you very much for question. During the last decade of Wenger history you find with or without patent stamp. Quality the same. BR Trond

02.06 | 02:19

Hello. I have just bought a blue viking Wenger knife. But took my attention does doesn't take the PATENT sign in the open botlle tool. Is that possible? Thanks

28.04 | 20:00

Hi, maybe you can find one on online actions or ask big sellers on ebay and so on BR

28.04 | 06:25


You still have Wenger Ranger 51, I am looking for one.

Bye, Janez

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