Review of the Fallkniven Odin NL2L Knife




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.

Fallkniven Knives:

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 from it is actually pricey.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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