Review of the Fallkniven Odin NL2L Knife




Imagine yourself deep in the untamed wilderness, facing the raw power of nature and relying solely on your wits and tools for survival. In such a treacherous environment, a trusty companion becomes your lifeline—a weapon that embodies resilience, precision, and unwavering strength. Enter the Fallkniven Odin NL2L Knife, a legendary masterpiece that has captured the imagination of survivalists and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Its sleek design, unrivaled craftsmanship, and sheer power it exudes make it a coveted weapon of survival mastery. Join us as we embark on a journey to uncover the secrets and unravel the extraordinary capabilities of the Fallkniven Odin NL2L Knife, the ultimate companion for those who dare to venture where few tread.

The Fallkniven Odin NL2L Knife is a renowned survival knife that has gained popularity among outdoor enthusiasts and survivalists. With its exceptional design and high-quality construction, this knife has become a favorite choice for those seeking a reliable tool in challenging wilderness situations. Let’s delve into the details and explore what makes the Fallkniven Odin NL2L Knife stand out.

Price for Quality:

For most people, Fallkniven knives can be quite pricey. What makes these knives fairly demanding on one’s pockets? The answer is a handful of priceless things: excellent design, superb craftsmanship, and top-shelf materials. When you purchase a Fallkniven Odin knife, you get reliability.

Fallkniven Odin NL2L Knife

Reliability is what every survival knife is about. Purchasing a cheap survival knife that does not deliver the level of productivity, you demand is pricey.

Besides, a trusty knife can spare your life from danger while you are in the wild.

Fallkniven Knife Testing:

Like all Fallkniven knives are all about, you can expect reliability from the Fallkniven Odin bowie. To prove this, every Fallkniven knife is taken for testing at the University of Technology in Sweden. These tests allow us to see how well they put up with the basic to the intricate demands of field use. Every single time, Fallkniven proves that they are the world’s strongest, serial-manufactured, stainless steel knives. 

Fallkniven Northern Lights series Odin Bowie is the premier proof of the company’s outstanding track record in knife craftmanship.

Materials and Measurements:

The Fallkniven Odin bowie measures 12 3/4” in length and has a clip-point blade that measures 7 7/8” in length with a flat grind and a convex edge.  It is made from a core of VG-10 stainless steel with a Rockwell Hardness of 59 laminated to two sheets of 420J2 stainless steel (usually hardened 49-53 Rc).

Ergonomics and Comfort:

Comfort is paramount during prolonged outdoor use, and the Fallkniven Odin NL2L Knife takes this into account. Its handle, thoughtfully designed, ensures a secure grip and minimizes hand fatigue. The contoured shape and carefully selected materials provide a comfortable and reliable hold, allowing for precise control and reducing the risk of accidents. The careful selection of materials ensures not only comfort but also a reliable hold in any weather condition. This thoughtful design allows for precise control over the knife’s movements, enhancing accuracy. Whether traversing rugged terrains or engaged in intricate tasks, the Fallkniven Odin NL2L Knife offers an unrivaled level of comfort, ensuring that it remains a steadfast companion throughout your outdoor endeavors.

Fallkniven Odin Knife Features:

This knife features an oval quillion made from stainless steel and a stacked leather handle made from ox hide, unaffected by oil and solvents and impervious to immersion in water while providing a very positive grip.  In addition, the classic stacked leather handle is capped with an aircraft-grade aluminum butt cap with a lanyard hole. It also has a heavy-duty, hand-sewn black leather sheath that will last many years, even in extreme conditions.

Thus, for those who prefer a slightly shorter blade, the Fallkniven Odin Bowie is a smaller brother of the Thor Bowie. It features the same top-shelf materials and workmanship. If you’re searching for the best outdoor gear, I believe the Fallkniven Northern Lights series Thor bowie knife (NL1L) is needed.

Blade Steel:

First of all, for those unfamiliar with VG-10 blade steel, it contains 1.0% Carbon, 15.0% Chromium, 1.0% Molybdenum, 0.2% Vanadium, and 1.5% Cobalt. Special Steel Co., Ltd. originally developed it, based in Takefu, Fuki Prefecture in Japan, to manufacture high-end Japanese chef knives.

The alloying metals combined with the high-carbon steel make the iron matrix (crystalline structure) significantly stronger. Adding Vanadium yields a finer-grained structure, making knives with Vanadium-containing steels sharper compared to non-Vanadium steels like ATS-34, as reported by many.

As a result, VG-10 steel is highly corrosion and abrasion resistant, has an improved, long-term, clean-cutting edge and is highly machineable, and is therefore easy to grind. But it is such expensive steel that it is usually laminated to tougher stainless steel such that the VG-10 forms the core of the laminate and the tougher steel forms the outer faces. An added advantage of this laminate construction is that you can expect a 20% increase in the steel’s resistance to bending compared to an ordinary VG10 blade. Consequently, due to its exceptional quality, VG-10 is commonly known as V “gold” 10 or V “ken” 10 (“ken” is Japanese for “gold”) because it represents the “Gold Standard” amongst blade steels and is used in much high quality smaller EDC blades.

Fallkniven Odin Knife Blade:

The blade of the Fallkniven Thor survival knife is made from 1/4” bar stock which is then flat ground to create the best possible combination of edge sharpness, edge retention, and edge strength. It is then finished with a convex edge (the best possible combination of slicing, cutting ability, and edge retention).

Plus, in my opinion, the shape of the blade on this knife is one of the prettiest. In choosing to make it from the ultimate blade steel, Fallkniven has created a knife that approaches perfection!

Fortunately, Fallkniven did not stop with the blade though. They added a small oval stainless steel quillion, made from 1/4″ bar stock, to enhance the blade’s shape. They followed with a beautiful, stacked, ox hide handle with a hard aluminum butt cap.

Stacked ox hide is an unusual handle material for a dedicated survival knife. But I assure you that you will be amazed by how tough this material is. Why not use a material that combines the toughness of Micarta with the beauty of wood?

Although many of you find the 10” blade awkward for fine work. Such as removing the hide from harvested small game animals. The balance of this knife combined with the Clip Point blade shape makes it easy to control the blade’s tip.

Also, it has been my experience that I can only have one knife in the field. I would rather have a big knife than a little one because it’s easier for me to perform little tasks. Given a choice, I’d pick the Fallkniven Odin Bowie as my ultimate survival knife. It’s tough and versatile for wilderness challenges.

Top Knife:

So, as you may have guessed by now, like so many others, I am absolutely in love with this knife!!! It’s one of the prettiest Clip Point Bowie-style knives ever, made from top-notch materials. My only complaint: Fallkniven supplies it with a convex edge, achieved through hand grinding on a special belt sander.

To maintain the convex edge, send it to Fallkniven or a knife smith. Another option is to sharpen it yourself with a belt sander. Apart from a tiny complaint, the Fallkniven Northern Lights series Odin Bowie is possibly the ultimate survival knife.

Customer Reviews:

  1. “I am a very happy user of the Odin, the Njord, and the Frey, and I am not easily pleased. These are the finest knives I ever held, and without abuse, they will last me my lifetime. These knives are not mass-produced but are hand produced; please bear that in mind when you see the price. What you pay for is what you get. The sheath is top-quality leather and a fitting compliment to the knife. Now to the downside ( there always is one). The convex edge Peter extols sees no evidence of it. All three knives had a different cutting angle, reasonably sharp but not to my standard. Takes about 30 mins on Spyderco shape maker. This is one tough steel. Now it glides through a sheet of A4 as though it is not there. After months of use and no sharpening, it still does; rest my case.”
  2. “I’ve been using it since 2004 as a field knife while camping or hiking–it’s well balanced and perfectly fits in my hand–superb look and cutting ability.”
  3. “As soon as I held it in my hand, I knew I had spent my hard-earned money on the highest quality. Fallkniven NL2 Odin is the BEST knife I’ve ever owned in my life, and I know she will be my companion for life, since I treat any knife for what it is and do not believe in abusing it.”


In conclusion, the Fallkniven Odin NL2L Knife stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of survivalists and the pursuit of excellence. Its impeccable design, superior craftsmanship, and use of top-tier materials make it a true force to be reckoned with in the wilderness. From its formidable blade made of VG-10 steel to its ergonomic handle and meticulous attention to detail, this knife embodies the essence of reliability and versatility. Whether you are a seasoned adventurer seeking the ultimate companion or an enthusiast eager to elevate your outdoor experience, the Fallkniven Odin NL2L Knife is a testament to the unwavering pursuit of perfection. Embrace the power, embrace the mastery, and embark on your own epic journey armed with the extraordinary Fallkniven Odin NL2L Knife.

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