Ask every Norwegian today what his or her first knife was and that kid will answer “speiderkniv med raud tupp”: the scout knife with the red butt.
Helle can trace the origin of these knives back to 1947, when we made the first scout knife with a red butt. The current designs with the girl and boy scout and their traditional scout outfits can be traced to 1971.
The knife was designed and still today produced with two intentions in knife. First, that even though the knife will be used by a child it should be a proper tool. This means that it is sharp and has a functional handle suitable for smaller hands.
Second, that it is safe. The two-way guard prevents hands slipping onto the blade, and the snap-button sheath means that once properly stowed the knife will remain there after use.
However, one should always remember that the most important safety mechanism is proper training – children need to be thought how to use and respect the knife as a tool. Therefore, make sure that the knife is used under adult supervision. Teach them the whittling rules, and make sure that they take care of their knife. And learn them not just how, but also where to use it – in nature and in company with adults. At Helle we pride ourselves in the caring for nature - and what is more important it showing the path in nature to the next generation?