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jonnyt16
10-29-2011, 5:10 PM
Finally received my new camp/survival knife today...very excited!

I wanted something for belt carry that would fill the gap between a big chopper and a small bushcraft knife; as close to a "do all" knife as I could get. Enter the Fallkniven A1.

Hailing from Sweden, it is their army's official survival knife and for good reason. This blade is stout, the handle feels very ergonomic and very grippy, and the edge came absolutely wicked sharp! The fact that it is made of VG-10 steel was a huge plus for me as I don't want to have to worry about rust in a survival or a long-term shtf situation. This is definetely not an inexpensive knife, but after reading and watching several reviews of this blade I am convinced it is well worth the money. You really can feel the superior quality and craftmanship just by handling this thing.

http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/4797/a11km.jpg

http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/6668/a12r.jpg



I'm also really glad I opted for the Zytel sheath instead of the wide, thick leather one because I found that a Maxpedition pistol magazine pouch fits perfectly around it. I've always been a firm believer in having a multi-tool with you and this setup ensures that I will always have my knife, a multi-tool (in this case a Victorinox Swisstool Spirit) and a firesteel on my person even if I get separated from my pack.

http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/9820/a13qm.jpg


Side view...still a fairly thin setup.

http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/5020/a14hx.jpg


Last pic. Can't wait to go put this badboy to some use!
http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/992/a15xy.jpg

Thanks for looking. If there's any interest, I can post a real review on this thing after it gets some serious woods time.

bombadillo
10-29-2011, 5:38 PM
Am officially jealous

XYZ
10-29-2011, 5:38 PM
Great looking knife. Where'd you buy this and how much was it?

Rhythm of Life
10-29-2011, 5:45 PM
Great looking knife. Where'd you buy this and how much was it?

Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Fallkniven-Survival-Knife-Black-Blade/dp/B003QH2OUS) for $250 but I'm sure there are better deals around.

weinerd
10-29-2011, 5:50 PM
Good buy! I used to have a Cold Steel SRK which was a copy of this.

problemchild
10-29-2011, 7:28 PM
Thats one of the things I still need to get. Id like a 500 dollar knife but will probably settle for 125 ish. I just cannot talk myself into buy a really expensive knife right now. Trying to move out of state. I think once I move I will get a nice blade like the one you posted.

11HE9
10-29-2011, 8:23 PM
Nice lookin' cutlery :)






I just can't bring myself to spend that much on a blade though :eek:

I'll stick with my Ka-bar and Kukri for light chopping/hacking duties :94:

bombadillo
10-30-2011, 8:35 AM
At first I thought you were asking and I was going to say "Get a Cold Steel SRK" because thats my standard answer to those looking for a good cheap survival knife but no, you got a great one!

jyo
10-30-2011, 8:40 AM
I've had an A-1 for several years now (my is without the black finish)---I believe it is one of the toughest knives on the market. The prices sure have gone up in the last few years as the dollar is weak against their money---used to be around $125, now much more---shop around the internet for the best price. I also picked up it's bigger brother, the A-2 a few years back---same shape, longer blade (think Cold-Steel Trailmaster big)---REALLY a big stout knife---I think you could kill a Buick with this thing. Great knife, enjoy it!

jmsenk
10-30-2011, 10:47 AM
I got a SEAL Pup as a pre-deployment gift a few years ago, and it has served me well. Got the hell beat out of it for a long time, and the only issue was a small chip at the tip. Gotta get it redone I think.

weinerd
10-31-2011, 2:14 PM
The prices sure have gone up in the last few years as the dollar is weak against their money---used to be around $125, now much more---shop around the internet for the best price.

Don't try buying one in the homeland (Sweden). They're over $300 (including the 25% sales tax) when I looked this summer.

LooseCannon
10-31-2011, 2:33 PM
Good buy! I used to have a Cold Steel SRK which was a copy of this.

^ That is a great knife, I deployed with that same knife like 9 years ago and still use it. I'm sure everyone has one but for the price who wouldn't buy it.

guns_and_labs
10-31-2011, 2:37 PM
I really like Fallkniven's knives. The PHK is a great hunting knife, and the H-1 is a solid woodcraft knife. The A-1 is a great knife, too, though I prefer the size and versatility of the F-1 (their pilots' survival knife) or the H-1 for camping/survival.

TheChief
11-01-2011, 7:06 PM
I got a SEAL Pup as a pre-deployment gift a few years ago, and it has served me well. Got the hell beat out of it for a long time, and the only issue was a small chip at the tip. Gotta get it redone I think.

Hello jmsenk,

Reach out to SOG about the chip. They will likely replace it for you especially if you send them an email from your .mil address ;)

I have been carrying SOG since the early 90's when the PX started carrying them. I wear suits these days so have the more fancy SOG Arcitech as my EDC. You should see the wide eyes when i whip that out to open up a box or something :chris:

jonnyt16
11-01-2011, 7:50 PM
I've had an A-1 for several years now (my is without the black finish)---I believe it is one of the toughest knives on the market. The prices sure have gone up in the last few years as the dollar is weak against their money---used to be around $125, now much more
Yeah, I really had to hunt around to find mine for under $200. I also found that the black version was harder to find and a bit more expensive than the satin finish ones. Anyway, I ended up finding it here for about $180 http://www.sailsmarine.com/Home.aspx

TheChief
11-01-2011, 8:11 PM
I do not own either but I have heard a lot of folks are happy with the Cold Steel SRK which I think is a very close (knock off) look alike with good steel as well.

Here is a comparison post http://blog.tsaknives.com/2008/09/14/cold-steel-srk-vs-fallkniven-a1.aspx

I personally carry both a Gerber LHR and an Ontario RTAK II when on foot. The LHR just fits my hand well and works for light camp tasks. The RTAK II is great for processing fire wood or shelter building. I prefer it over a camp ax. Blew me away when I was figuring all this stuff out ;)

My wife carries a Buck 119 that is wicked sharp and she loves it.

Knives are so individual, there is no one size fits all.

ns3v3n
11-02-2011, 10:15 AM
Very nice, wish i had that kind of dough to spend on a knife. Until then, i'll stick with my Kabar too. Here's mine.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b123/ns3v3n/kabar-1.jpghttp://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b123/ns3v3n/kabar1-1.jpg

11HE9
11-02-2011, 10:48 AM
Very nice, wish i had that kind of dough to spend on a knife. Until then, i'll stick with my Kabar too. Here's mine.

I've been thinking about picking a K-Bar Becker "Necker", just need to find one local to check out before I decide.

ns3v3n
11-02-2011, 2:41 PM
I've been thinking about picking a K-Bar Becker "Necker", just need to find one local to check out before I decide.

Just get it on Amazon, free shipping and if you dont like it, just return it, they pay for shipping too. That's if you cant find one locally to play with. I personally went with the Izula from ESEE. A bit smaller but well made. It's a little more expensive than the Becker Necker though.

Calilove1
11-03-2011, 8:59 AM
I'm waiting on my Phrobis M9 III with full scabbard... It's military surplus, have 5 coming, but in virtually perfect condition. It's designated a bayonet but I'm sure it'll work well as an all around survival knife as well. Here is a stock photo of one:
http://www.m9bayonet.com/images/buck-phrobis-m9/m9_buckphrobis_01.jpg

jmsenk
11-04-2011, 1:00 AM
Hello jmsenk,

Reach out to SOG about the chip. They will likely replace it for you especially if you send them an email from your .mil address ;)

I have been carrying SOG since the early 90's when the PX started carrying them. I wear suits these days so have the more fancy SOG Arcitech as my EDC. You should see the wide eyes when i whip that out to open up a box or something :chris:

I had heard that the only thing not insured by any company was the tip. I should at least try though. Good story on how it was chipped. Shoved it between the bricks in a wall to act as a step to get into a compound in Baghdad. I'm not a small guy, and it held my weight in full kit - at least for a second. Went and pulled it out after we secured the place.

guns_and_labs
11-04-2011, 8:23 AM
I had heard that the only thing not insured by any company was the tip. I should at least try though. Good story on how it was chipped. Shoved it between the bricks in a wall to act as a step to get into a compound in Baghdad. I'm not a small guy, and it held my weight in full kit - at least for a second. Went and pulled it out after we secured the place.

I'll bet you a new SOG that they will fix or replace it, when you tell them the story.

xrMike
11-04-2011, 11:41 AM
I'm jealous and I like it, but there is no way I could ever justify spending that much money on a knife. I just couldn't do it.

It is a good-looking knife though.

h0use
11-04-2011, 1:12 PM
I'm waiting on my Phrobis M9 III with full scabbard... It's military surplus, have 5 coming, but in virtually perfect condition. It's designated a bayonet but I'm sure it'll work well as an all around survival knife as well. Here is a stock photo of one:
http://www.m9bayonet.com/images/buck-phrobis-m9/m9_buckphrobis_01.jpg

how much does this knife go for?

Calilove1
11-04-2011, 3:07 PM
Depends on condition I'm sure.... I've seen them for $60 and I've seen them over $200. I think my cost on the 5 I'm getting will end up at about $90-$100 a piece with shipping to me from back east but I'm not 100% sure on that yet.

jonnyt16
11-05-2011, 4:27 PM
Just get it on Amazon, free shipping and if you dont like it, just return it, they pay for shipping too. That's if you cant find one locally to play with. I personally went with the Izula from ESEE. A bit smaller but well made. It's a little more expensive than the Becker Necker though.
Ah, I love the ESEE Izula as well. Extremely tough knife and performs far past its small size. However, I still wouldn't feel comfortable having only it as my main survival blade. Plus, its high carbon content means you better keep it dry or you'll rust out fast.

As a backup blade or neck knife it can't be beat though. Here's mine next to the Fallkniven A1.

http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/342/a1izula.jpg

SoCal Gunner
11-12-2011, 5:51 PM
More love for the Izula, picture with kit option:

http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/3112/eseeizula1024x768.jpg