A Long Look at the Fallkniven A1

   07.16.14

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SurvivalCache.com has posted a really, really long review of the Fallkniven A1. It’s worth checking out if you’re curious about this particular classic survival knife.

The Fallkniven A1 is not a beginner’s knife. Of course it would work as such, but the life-saving features of the A1 are not as obvious as an accessory-filled sheath, a blade covered with characteristics more common to a survival knife infographic. Instead the Fallkniven A1 is exactly what you would expect a black ops operator to pull from a minimalist sheath during your rescue. Frankly, the A1 is what I would expect James Bond to wear in his the next movie. The no-nonsense A1 subtly screams that it means business. So much so that the stately design is much copied. And like the RamBowie, the A1’s profile is a meme for “survival knife.”

If the A1 is a little too tacticool for you, I’ve been reviewing the NL series (NL1 and NL5), and the fit and finish on those classic-looking knives is phenomenal.

In other Fallkniven news, I broke the tip off of one of my F1’s, the top one in the picture below:

From top to bottom, F1 with canvas micarta handle, Idun, F1 with desert ironwood handle.
From top to bottom, F1 with canvas micarta handle, Idun, F1 with desert ironwood handle.

It was my fault. I did a tip strength test for the Thor (it passed), and I decided to do one for one of my F1s and the Idun. The Idun and F1 were holding up really well, so I decided to give each knife a real challenge. I pulled out an old, very dry, very hard fireplace log leftover from last winter, and hammered the Idun into it with another log. Then I started working the tip side-to-side and breaking off chunks of the log that way. The Idun held up, so I did it with the F1, which did not. About a quarter inch of the tip snapped right off in the log.

What I did clearly qualifies as abuse, but I’m not so sure that I was any more abusive with the F1 than I was with the Idun. I don’t know if something was up with that F1’s heat treat, or I just got it bound up in a particularly tough spot in the wood. At any rate, I’m going to make a small project of re-profiling it by hand on a diamond stone. I’ll post pix and an article when I’m done.

I guess the moral of this story is, you can definitely break the tip off of a stainless knife if you abuse it. A non-stainless blade would probably have bent under that stress, which I’m not sure is all that much better. At any rate, yesterday I broke the tip off a $224 knife, so don’t tell my wife.

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