Helko Werk started in Cronenberg, Germany by a member of the Helsper family in 1844. For many years, it was referred to as the ‘Helsper Werkzeugfabrik’, or Helsper Tool Factory. They quickly earned a reputation as a manufacturer of high quality hatchets, axes and forestry tools, and by the early 20th Century were exporting to Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. In the early thirties, Mr Kotthaus joined the enterprise and the company eventually became known as Helko (Helsper / Kotthaus). Since then, the company has continued to improve the quality of its products, and Helko hatchets and axes are recognised worldwide as some of the finest forestry tools available.