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I’ve got ESEE‘s, Moras, Gerbers, Cold Steel, Randalls, but I don’t have a fallkniven. Leaning towards the F1. There are a few versions black, stainless, a couple of different types of steel and maybe a couple of different types of sheaths. This will be an all-around knife, Carry in the woods, a little bushcrafting and just general purpose. What’s your recommendation and suggested places to purchase? Thanks!


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I have an S-1 with the black coated blade and Zytel sheath. It is a great knife but I would stick to the stainless blade and leather sheath. The coating chips and scratches fairly easily and I just don't like the plastic sheath. The knife is held securely in the sheath but the blade kinda rattles around in it and makes some noise. I bought mine back in 2009 so they might have improved the coating on the blade since then.



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My very first stop is always New Graham Knives.

I've been buying from New Graham ever since I've been buying knives. They've never disappointed.

As for what to get: That's a personal decision. All I can do is share with you my experience.

Going with the More Power school of thought, my first "woods knife" was a Fällkniven A1. I quickly found out that such a substantial knife wasn't convenient to carry.

Late last year I finally got around to acquiring the Fällkniven F1 I'd been meaning to get for years. Perfect!

So here's my recommendation: Fallkniven F1 Pilot Survival Knife - Satin Laminated VG-10 Blade - Black Kraton Handle - Full Cover Leather Sheath at NGK.

There are other versions of the F1, with different steels, coatings, different sheaths--or no sheath at all, etc.




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I've been purchasing through https://cutleryshoppe.com lately.
 
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One knife which seems to get overlooked is the H1. It's the same overall length as the F1 but its blade is a half millimeter thicker, really gives the impression of a stout knife.

It's essentially guardless, so if you don't trust yourself to keep your hand from running up on the blade, the F1 will still be a fine choice.

I own an S1 but I find the handle too small for me. If you're considering an S1, you should make an effort to examine one in person before purchasing.

The A1 and A2 are survival-class knives. The A1 is a real peach. I know that Fallkniven has introduced "Pro" variations of some of their classic knives- F1, A1 and A2 but I've never handled these variants.

The Northern Lights series of knives are lovely- very well-made, but they have gotten to be prohibitively expensive.

If you ask me, the H1 is a superb choice and would serve you well. My only criticism of it is its Zytel sheath, which leaves much to be desired. I'd recommend a quality leather pouch sheath for it. The guardless design lends itself to a pouch sheath.



As for the knives with the black blades- they look really sharp. I have an F1 and S1 in black and they are great collectibles, but if you plan on using your Fallkniven, get the uncoated blade. Fallknivens are convex-ground knives. When you sharpen a convex-ground blade, you are sharpening not just a tiny bevel, you are sharpening a substantial portion of the blade, and that black coating will be half off of your blade before you know it.
 
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Great info everyone. Thank you!


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Here's a comparison video, F1 versus H1.

 
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ISTM that guard-less design would not lend itself well to push-cutting?




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I like that the H1 is thicker but I do worry about no hand guard. I like the S1 too. Does it come with a leather sheath option?


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I like that the H1 is thicker but I do worry about no hand guard. I like the S1 too. Does it come with a leather sheath option?


Yes, it does. Here is an example for sale at KnivesShipFree.

They have several versions with different steels and coatings. If I were buying another one this is the one I would get, nice but not so expensive I would be scared to use it.

Regarding the handle length, I just checked and it is about 1/4 inch shorter than most of my other fixed blade knives. It fits my hand just fine but I am not a large guy, YMMV. If you ever make you way to the southern part of the state you are welcome to check mine out.



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Great thread that is going to cost me some money. Smile

Hope to soon be buying my first Fallkniven.

I believe I have narrowed my choices to the F1 Pro or the F1x.

They both appear to be more than capable of anything I may put them through.

I have watched several videos and read a few reviews.

Any good, bad or ugly with either of these models I may want to consider?

I always appreciate the experience and opinions the members at SIGforum are willing to share!


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I've had a F1/3G with 3.8" SGPS/VG2 laminate blade, 1 of 110 made marked “test” since it was offered to some of us for evaluation in 2004.

Great stuff. That said I made the mistake of allowing some grit into a kydex sheath I had made for it which deeply scratched the blade surface. Went back to the leather swing sheath after that.



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Hey Butch, where'd you get that sheath? Homemade?


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After much consideration, reading of reviews and watching videos, I decided on the F1x, which I hope will arrive this week.

I bought the laminated cobolt steel, not the newer Elmax.


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Late to the thread, but I have an H1 in VG10, and love it for a hunting knife.




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I have or have had a half dozen or so F-1's and many other Fallknivens.

I would strongly recommend for your stated use case that you start out with a Laminated G-10 F-1. It's a superb knife with very good if not "super" steel. I didn't like my black coated version because it's got scuffed up and looked lousy as soon as I started using it. My 3G version does hold an edge longer but it's harder to sharpen and cost twice plus as much.

The S-1 and A-1 are lovely knives but too big for my general use cases. I've field dress and skinned I lost count of how many deer with an F-1. The S-1 and A-1 were too large to be convenient for deer processing. If all I used it for was wood processing and fire making the larger size of the A-1 might be better.

Eventually I'll probably end up with a F-1 in CPM-3V, Elmax or other Hot Rod steel but have to confess that in the Cost/performance ratio they aren't as good as the VG-10 laminated version. I think you could buy a VG-10 Laminated F-1 AND A-1 for the price of one super steel F-1.

Anyway, Start with a F-1, it's kind of Goldilocks size/price/performance knife.


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My F1x arrived today. Laminated Cobolt, not Elmax.

Pics to follow.

What an amazing knife.


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Hey Butch, where'd you get that sheath? Homemade?


the stamp on it says " Savage made Sheaths Saxis VA"

Look here https://savagesheaths.com/


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