Knife, desert, design 2012 update
The semi-full tang provides the extra strength associated with knives for bushcraft. The silk is exposed on the top end and the pommel, but is covered by the wood of the handle on the side of the finger. This protects the fingers from direct contact with the steel in cold weather. The blade style drop point is made of rolled stainless steel triple that offers excellent toughness edge retention and ease for sharpening. The handle has a bit of a finger guard to help keep your hand off the edge when slippery. The shape of the handle on the updated version of the Temagami allows a better control of the blade during the holding of several positions. The Temagami comes with a sheath pocket of scandinavian style, retaining the knife securely without the need for snaps or straps.
Helle knives are designed to retain their sharpness as a companion for outdoor life. But it is always important to take care of your knife and its sheath.
The handle. Dry the handle with a soft, damp cloth and if the wax occasionally.
The sheath. The leather needs to be impregnated from time to time with the agent impregnation colourless (grease or wax) to keep supple. Carefully dry the sheath of the ambient temperature if it becomes wet.
The blade. Wipe the blade with a soft, damp cloth and if the treatment with grease from time to time.
Use a diamond tool or a wet stone for sharpening. Place the bevel of the knife flat to the sharpening tool and work the entire blade. Work one side until you can feel a slight burr on the opposite side. Set aside and repeat the procedure until you feel the burr on the first side. You have now established an edge.
Remove the burr by rubbing the blade gently on the surface of the sharpening of both sides, as if cutting very thin slices. Keep the bevel flat towards the sharpener and move from side to side until the burr is gone.
If the blade is very dull or damaged, use a grinding wheel and many grains of water and sharpen until you have a raw edge. Use the amount of cooling liquid and never sharpen on a dry stone. A warm front earth loses its heat treatment and ruins the blade.