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Hello my name is Curt and I acquired a really old knife made by Helle. I think it has the original leather case. I had some questions on the worth and should I clean it up or not even mess with it? I did a little bit of research and I think the handle is deer antler. I also think it is from Norway. Any info would help thanks.
Yes, Norge means Norway. Holmedal is referred to as a subprovince. If you type into Google "Holmedal Norge Knives" you will find many sites that will assist you. In fact there are photos of knives nearly identical to yours. I also found some on ebay which are about $125. Condition of course determines the price.
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I collect Norwegian, Swedish & Finnish knives. I have a few new in tube Helle knives and some vintage ones. I have acquired them on ebay. Prices for vintage Helle are not that high (rarely over $100) because there are fewer collectors than for USA or even German knives. Likely some old Helle knives are more valuable to a knowledgeable Helle collector but info on these knives is hard/impossible ? to find. Sheath is the original and handle looks like stacked leather with reindeer antler pommel & bolster, a traditional handle. On ebay now most likely this would sell $50-$75 although it could go higher if there are 2 stubborn bidders going at it. I cannot see it on yours but often there is a rounded pin that projects from the pommel that engages with a hole in a leather retention strap on the sheath. Sometimes this strap has broken off. You have a good basic older Helle. I say 'basic' because there are some fancier ones; e.g. polished antler handle with scrimshaw art engraved. kj
$30 is a good deal. You have a very good knife, to collect or to use. If you are good at sharpening the blade will take a super sharp edge and hold it well, making it a delight to use. But if you are not good at sharpening don't try with this one. You would end up removing more steel than necessary and spoil the blade to some degree. And, Welcome to AAPK. If you like knives there's lots to read & see & learn here & friendly helpful people too. kj