Helle Kletten, rock, sea, sunset
Photo by Helle
The Helle Kletten is a strikingly good looking knife, but designed to be tough enough for everyday carry.

In development for several years, Helle’s smallest folding knife to date weighs less than 3 ounces. Measuring only 3.1-inches long folded, the compact size of the Helle Kletten still offers enduring capability. The 2.1-inch drop point blade is made with Helle’s triple-laminated stainless steel. It features a razor-sharp Scandinavian flat-ground edge.

The Helle Kletten

This well made 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 beautiful 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 called 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.”


  • Name: Kletten
  • Weight: 2.96 ounces
  • 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

Debuting at the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, Colorado this June, the Helle Kletten will be available at retail stores this fall. For more information, visit Helle.

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