Mândra - Les Stroud Design
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The Mândra knife is a staff favorite and often brought along on daily adventures. It's small and versatile, making it a perfect companion on any expedition.
The Mândra is the third knife developed in collaboration with Les Stroud and also the smallest in the collection. Being a small knife, it is surprising how good the handle fits even if you have larger hands. For medium to large hands, it is often used as a three finger grip.
A small knife is often considered to be more versatile. When it comes to the Mandra, this theory proves this to be very true. The well-proportioned triple laminated stainless steel blade comes razor sharp right out of the box. Ready to be used on your next adventure.
Comes with a secure leather sheath for belt carry and accompanied with a leather lanyard.
The name Mândra means 'Proud' in Romanian.
|Weight incl. sheath
|110 g / 3.88 oz
|Triple laminated Helle steel, stainless
|2,6 mm / 0.102 inch
|69 mm / 2.72 inches
|80 mm / 3.15 inches
The collaboration between Les Stroud and Helle goes back more than 10 years and is based on true friendship, respect for other people’s deep knowledge and love for nature.
Mândra was developed during the spring of 2014 to accompany Les during his adventures in Romania. Tested and used during this time living off the land in the Romanian alps, during the filming of Survivorman. Anders from Helle joined the Survivorman team in Romania, and made adjustments according to Les' personal requests after testing.
Special thanks to the Salvamont Mountain Rescue for an epic adventure and true hospitality.
I really like this knife, it's everything I hoped it would be. The size is perfect for my needs, and the build quality is excellent. It's extremely sharp right out of the box, and based on my experience with other Helle blades it should hold the edge well and be easy to resharpen when needed.
This is my second purchase of this knife! Love the design, along with the 3 finger hold. So much my friend liked my first one, it became hers. 🤣
One of my favorite Hellè knives! I carry it on my belt. Very useful for many daily task. It was beautifully crafted and when the sheath wears in it looks and feels amazing! I recommend keeping the plastic thing in the sheath though. It helps hold it in place better and protect the interior and this sharp little knife will cut the sheath up if you use it a lot. I tossed mine… kind of a bone head move … didn’t realize it something that needed to stay. I later noticed that my other Hellè knives have the same thing in their sheaths as well. That being it still works great and as mentioned, looks really nice. I see that new sheaths can be purchased when needed. It will be just another reason to buy something else.
The Hella Mandra is a work of art that holds up to daily use. It is a great size to wear on my belt and I forget it is there until I need it. The beautiful blade comes very sharp and tough. It holds its edge and is easy to sharpen when needed. The Birch handles are very nice and fit my medium sized hand good. The knife is great at any tasks needed of a smaller blade length. Depending on function needed, I would recommend one of their larger knives for more woodworking or bushcraft needs. This knife is both beautiful and functional and gives you pride in ownership!
Very happy with my Mândra. It came hair popping sharp and with fine detail work. It´s a handy little knife that lends itself to many utility tasks. I sometimes use it as a neck knife , always handy for small tasks but I have also used it to skin and process game. Last year I skinned a feral hog with it. The blade shape lends itself well to skinning and it is nimble in the hand. You could say its like a Mora Eldris on steroids.. In addition the blade shape makes it much more multipurpose. It holds en edge well and is easy to sharpen.