I’m excited to talk about one of my favorite knives today – The Fallkniven F1. I first heard about this in passing while browsing a survivalist forum. Over time there seemed to be more chatter going on and on about this knife until I had to check it out for myself. I was not let down. The Fallkniven F1 is a sturdy as hell blade and a true work horse. It’s the blade issued to the Swedish Army – and if you don’t think Sweden knows a thing or two about blades think again. Sweden is the same country who brought us the infamous Mora knives. Following this same trend of excellence, the Fallkniven F1 is more than capable of going into the bush and tackling whatever you throw at it.
|Blade Length||3.8 inches|
|Total Length||8.3 inches|
|Blade Thickness||4.5 mm|
|Blade Material||Vg-10 Stainless Steel|
|Sheath Included||Yes - Zytel plastic or leather|
The blade feels comfortable and agile in hand. My hands are medium sized and the Fallkniven F1 feels like it was injection molded to fit my mitts. I’m not the only who thinks that either – many survivalists have had the same experience with this blade. Did those Swedes cast some magical elven spell during the molding process? I don’t know, but I like it.
The blade itself was forged with VG-10 stainless steel. Stainless steel is well known for being absolutely bomproof. While you typically can’t put an edge on a stainless steel blade like you can on a carbon steel blade, I found the Fallkniven F1 sharpened up quite nicely – sharp enough to take the hairs straight off my forearm. The blade features a convex grind so the technique to put an edge on it is slightly different than, lets say, a scandinavian grind blade such as the Moraknive Bushcraft Black (another fine knife from our fellow Swedish brethrens.)
I’m going to get into why I love the convex grind in a minute.
The handle fits my hand like a glove. I think there is something truly magical about tool and hand. You can feel when something is right. I get a good feeling when I pick up this blade. I get the feeling that whatever the bush throws at me I will be prepared. The thing I hate about most knives is how “fancy” they make the handles. I don’t need a special spot for each finger or weird curves that promise to deliver a perfect fit. Give me something basic. Give me something I can grab without thinking twice. The Fallkniven F1 delivers.
The handle material is known as thermorun – a hardened rubber/plastic combo with checkered imprints. It’s super grippy even with sweaty palms. Really, you got to feel how well this knife fits in your hand.
You have a choice between two sheaths when purchasing the Fallkniven F1. The first sheath is leather. Very hard leather with a belt loop and a snap flap. It’s the one I ordered and it does the job:
Your second option is the Zytel sheath. From what I can tell it’s a hardened plastic with nylon strap ins. Looks good. Looks modern. The Zytel sheath has a thinner profile than the leather sheath. I prefer leather but your style might lend itself to something more modern and slim.
The fallkniven F1 in action
I take every blade I review out into the bush for a proper pounding. Here’s how it stacked up:
Feathersticks – as you can see it makes feather sticks perfectly:
I will say though, it’s more difficult with this blade because of the convex grind. It’s definitely sharp enough but the slight convex makes it easy for the blade to slip off its edge. It takes a different technique but you get used to it.
Batoning – This blade batoned through wood like a hot knife through butter. This is where the convex grind comes into full advantage. Because of the slight curvature you are actually splitting the wood as opposed to slicing it. This makes it extremely effective for batoning firewood. The blade is thicker than most. I batoned down over the top of this thing like a raving beast and it took the punishment. Believe me, I smacked the crap out of this blade and it held up perfectly.
Another advantage to this blade is the tang runs the full length of the handle.
You could theoretically hammer it into something if you needed to. While this isn’t the best use of a knife, in a survival situation you never what you’re going to need to do. I call this a bonus.
I give the Fallkniven F1 the DSK seal of approval. It’s a worthy companion for your belt if you’re going out into the bush – or whatever you want to use it for. It’s sturdy, takes an edge, and doesn’t mess around when it comes to using it for real world work. 9 stars out of 10.