Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife Review
The Fallkniven A1 is medium sized, heavy Swedish-made knife. It is primarily designed as a survival knife and therefore has been built to withstand anything that needs to be done to keep you alive in the bush.
There is very little legitimate abuse this knife can be put through which will damage it further than a quick honing can't fix.
Fallkniven A1 Specifications: Quick Reference
- Blade Length: 6.3 inches
- Overall Length: 11 inches
- Blade Material: Laminated VG10 & 420J Steel
- Handle Material: Kraton polymer
- Weight: 12 ounces
- Country of Origin: Sweden
A Hefty Knife: Fallkniven Size
The total length of the knife is 11 inches and is an impressive 12 ounces. The blade is nearing a quarter inch thick and it is a full tang which allows the user to use the butt of the knife for striking if needed.
With the weight of the knife being quite robust combined with the wedge shaped blade, this knife excels at hacking through branches, making gathering firewood an easy task. While it is not as heavy or as large as a machete, in a survival situation it will certainly is up to the task.
There are two options available: the standard version or the black version.
The blade itself is 6.3 inches of 420J steel with VG10 (a very high quality stainless steel often associated with Japan) in the center. This has been hardened to a solid 59HRC and the overall wedge shape of the blade enable the stability and durability of the laminate.
With the black version of this knife, a black CeraCoat has been applied giving the knife a coating which will not rub off with use and will also protect your knife against corrosion.
The handle for this knife comes in either black or brown Kraton. Kraton is the company name that produces the polymer that provides additional grip meaning this knife will not slip out of your hand regardless of the surroundings or the weather you are working in.
This material may be somewhat flexible and rubbery but it will not easily degrade and will actually absorb the shock of chopping or striking making such tasks much more comfortable. On top of the already “sticky” grip, they have further added patterning to the handle itself to ensure it will not be going anywhere it should not.
One nice feature about this knife is that while it may be quite simple, it fills every need for a good survival knife: grip, width, and durability. The lanyard hole at the end of the sheath is a nice touch to add even more functionality to this handle.
There are two sheath options available for this knife: Leather or Zytel. From those two options, the Zytel sheath comes in both a right and left design making it ideal for left-handed users.
The leather sheath is double lined making for a comfortable and dry fit for the A1 to reside in and is designed to hold the knife securely even if attached upside down on the user’s back. In all, it is a basic sheath which does hold the knife securely and safely and does its job well.
The Zytel sheath is very straightforward in its lightweight design with its simple belt loop attachment. It is designed to hold the knife securely regardless of position or configuration, keep the knife dry and safe, and to allow for quick and easy access when needed. As this is a polymer sheath, weather is a non-issue as opposed to the leather sheath making it much more suited to wet environments which can cause leather to swell and stretch.
The Fallkniven A1 is an incredibly versatile knife which will come in handy regardless of your survival needs. It will be able to handle everything from making a fire, building a primitive shelter, dispatching and cleaning of any quarry found and even will make a decent tool for finer detail work should it be needed.
While the weight does make this knife quite hefty and not something you would want to use as an everyday carry knife, this knife is relatively compact and will fit nicely in any survivalist preparation bags you may have planned.
In all, this is a great knife with a very simple design that will meet and exceed any and all expectations in an emergency.