The Helle Viking is a revision of a Helle classic. The original Viking was designed by Arne Emile Christensen as a recreation of a Viking Age belt knife. Professor Christensen is with the University Museum of National Antiquities in Oslo. (There is an excellent introduction to the Vikings posted by the Norwegian government and written by Professor Christensen.) The knife was produced as part of a fund-raiser for an around-the-world cruse of a Viking longship. The knife is notable not only for it's historical interest, but also as an excellent all around utility knife. The revision has a slightly longer 4 1/4" blade of laminated carbon steel. The blade is .152" thick and about 7/8" wide. The black finish of the heat treatment is left on the sides for a rustic look. The tang of the blade is peened over a diamond shaped washer. The handle is a bit over 4 1/8" and is subtly shaped for comfort and control with a variety of grips. It comes with the traditional sheath that hangs from a thong. A sample of the knife and it's sheath weighed just under 5 ounces. As you can probably tell, I like this one.