Mikkel Willumsen Teams up with Kansept for New Knife

When we checked in with Kansept Knives last month, founder Kim Ning created a core lineup of designs to form the backbone of his company’s catalog. But now Kansept is starting to unveil some collaborations. Among the first is the HELLX, designed by Mikkel Willumsen. The HELLX displays Willumsen’s signature style, offering Kansept customers a big and beefy option.

The HELLX, like much of Willumsen’s work, errs on the large side. Its blade length runs to 3.64 inches. The sizable cutting edge is paired with a wide profile and a mild tanto grind – all choices that make this is a knife well-suited for bigger, heavier jobs. Kansept is offering HELLX from D2 steel, although Willumsen says that an S35VN version will also be available for those who want the increased performance.

For existing fans, the HELLX’s handle should instantly mark it as a Willumsen design. The overall profile is an arc, with a mild taper as it moves towards the back end. But it’s the various cuts and curves that bring the particular Willumsen panache to the visual side. Additionally there is a big forward finger groove on the handle and a second one on the blade itself, allowing users a notably fine degree of control over this large blade.

The frame is made from stainless steel, with G-10 overlays on both sides. We’ve already seen that Kansept is interested multiple colorations for their releases, and the HELLX’s bi-level frame will be coming out in multiple hues. The HELLX is a liner lock knife and opens with a ball bearing flipper action.

The HELLX is among the first knives in the Kansept lineup not to be designed by Kim Ning himself. It was first shown off alongside the Delta, a new prototype by knife maker Jelly Jerry. Ning also has a new knife design of his own coming out, called the Falcon. The Falcon is the first front flipper in the Kansept lineup.

There is no release window given for the HELLX at this time. In terms of an ongoing relationship with Kansept, Willumsen has already hinted that a second collaboration is on the way.

Knife in Featured Image: Kansept HELLX