Fallkniven S1L “Forest Knife” Review

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Fallkniven is a true family-run firm with roots deep in the soil of Norrbotten, Sweden. In fact, the family consists of numerous generations of dedicated hunters and fishermen who have learned from personal experience how a knife should perform in the field.

In the Beginning…

Although the firm first opened its doors in 1984, they began to develop their own designs in 1987, and today, Fallkniven is acknowledged as one of Sweden’s foremost knife specialists! In fact, they are the official purveyor of knives to His Majesty the King of Sweden!

Consequently, the designers at Fallkniven have gained considerable experience over the years through close contact with and feedback from both manufactures and customers and thus, they have employed this knowledge to make the World’s leading, specialized, knife.

Plus, to ensure the quality of their knives, Fallkniven’s designers test their knives for durability and reliability at the Lulea University of Technology in Sweden and this excessive torture testing gives them the confidence to say that: “Fallkniven produces the strongest, serial manufactured, stainless steel knives in the world”.

However, upon viewing their web site, you may ask yourself why you would want to purchase such an expensive knife as a Fallkniven S1 L Forrest Knife for such a rugged and demanding purpose as camp use or outdoor survival?

What makes it special?

Well, the answer to that is in addition to excellent design, craftsmanship, and choice of materials, when you purchase a Fallkniven knife, you get reliability and durability. In fact, when you find yourself in the position where your life depends on a well designed, truly reliable, fixed-blade knife, what seemed expensive when you purchased it will instead seem cheap when you desperately need it. In fact, in that situation, your knife will very quickly become your best friend! Thus, instead of thinking of the Fallkniven S1 L as an expensive outdoor accessory, think of it instead as a inexpensive insurance policy that just may save your life one day.

 The Fallkniven S1L Forest Knife has an overall length of 9 3/4” and features a 5 1/8” Clip Point blade made from 1/4”, laminated, VG-10, stainless steel hardened to 59 Rockwell finished with a mirror polish. Also, the handle features full-tang construction with a Thermorun grip and a protruding pommel, and the knife is supplied with a black leather sheath.

Fallkniven S1 Forest Knife VG-10 Satin Finish with Leather...

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Those of you who have already read my reviews of other Fallkniven knives on this web site are already aware of my passion for this brand and their laminated VG-10 stainless steel. However, what really attracts me the most about these knives is their reliability and durability. You see, when I am in the field, I absolutely depend on my knife to provide me with a wide range of services including, but not limited to, slicing, cutting, carving, light chopping, puncturing, splitting, striking, digging, and probably several others I can’t think of at the moment.

Even more to say about it

Consequently, as an outdoor professional, I absolutely must have a knife that will hold an edge forever and will not break under the most extreme duress and that is why I am so enamored of Fallkniven knives compared to some of the other brands on the market.

Plus, whenever I look at a Fallkniven knife, it just seems like they have managed to do everything right which is no less than amazing and this is certainly true with the S1L Forest Knife. With an overall length of 9 3/4″ and a blade length of 5 1/8″ made from 1/4″, laminated, VG10 stainless steel hardened to a Rockwell hardness of 59, this knife is certainly large and sturdily built.

However, in my opinion, although it is excellently shaped, the blade is just a bit too short to serve well as a light chopping tool, and thus, I feel like it would be better paired with a larger, dedicated, heavy chopping tool such as a Fallkniven NL1L Thor Bowie.

On the other hand, the shorter blade does make it far handier as a hunting knife since the 5 1/8” blade is just long enough to handle large game such as Elk and Bear and yet it remains highly controllable for fine work such as small game or camping.

Also, the Fallkniven S1L is my absolute favorite shape on both a hunting knife and a survival knife because the clip lowers the tip of the blade; thus bringing it closer to the centerline of the blade for greater control. In addition, it can also easily be used as a leather or fabric punch or for drilling holes in wood or bone.

Plus, the designers of this knife also included a very small, but also very important (in my opinion), feature into the blade of this knife is the clip point blade shape of a minuscule ricasso which, more than anything else, convinces me that their claims of actually using their knives in the field are indeed true. While this small feature is often overlooked by other knife manufacturers, it provides the user with that extra little bit of leverage when carving with the back of the edge that is so useful sometimes.

Furthermore, the choice of the hard, yet tough, VG 10 laminated stainless steel is a thoughtful, no compromise knife with a design feature that Fallkniven has staked its reputation on.

The devil is in the details

Although this steel is considerably more expensive than most other knife steels, many users feel like the extra expense is well worthwhile because the hard center layer of this laminated, composite, steel is made from a high carbon steel that will take, and hold an extremely sharp edge. But, by its very nature, such hard, high-carbon, steels also tend to be brittle, and thus, the inventor’s of VG 10 decided to laminate two outer layers of tougher, and more flexible, stainless steel to the hard, high-carbon, core steel in a manner very similar to the way the original Japanese Katana sword was forged. Therefore, this particular steel combines the best qualities of both hard and tough knife sheets of steel which makes it an excellent choice for use in a premier quality survival knife. Last, while we are not big fans of saber grinds, we have to admit that they do create a very strong bevel and if they are wide enough, they can create a fairly fine edge.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Fallkniven 3G steel?

The purpose of the F1/3G knife is to offer a strong, reliable knife with a blade that is easy to use. The combination of the convex-shaped edge and the powder steel provides qualities that outperform many knives, resulting in an edge that will stay sharp for very long. 3G steel is basically a steel knife from Fallkniven that also does a fantastic job, just like the S1L does. Feel free to check it out as well. In fact, scratch that, it’s the rarest knife in the world, with only 300 models that were ever made. Check out this video to see all the details.

Are Fallkniven knives any good?

This one is a question that Google seems to put front and center whenever you try to search for the company’s name online. It basically means that many people show interest in their knives, but are clouded by doubts since not many others from their closest friends have showcased models from this brand. However, you need not worry, for the online forums are indeed proof enough that this company makes some absolutely fantastic knives. While their portfolio is large and somewhat cumbersome to navigate, you’ll enjoy a good price-to-value ratio regardless of whichever knife you end up choosing from Fallkniven.

Is Damascus steel good for hunting knives?

While there are better options out there, such as carbon steel, Damascus steel is also a great option for aspiring hunters and outdoor survival enthusiasts. You can also use a Damascus steel knife in the kitchen, as the blade tends to stay sharper for longer periods between sharpening when compared to other materials that are otherwise better at cutting rough materials.

Final Thoughts

Thus, in my opinion, not only is the Fallkniven S1L Forest Knife a pretty knife, it is a well-designed and well-constructed knife that could be safely called heirloom quality. However, it is not such a pretty knife that you are inclined to permanently place it in your safe instead of carrying it with you into the field as you should. But, if you ever find yourself in a true survival situation, you will thank yourself many times over for your foresight in purchasing such a high-quality knife because, when your life is at stake, no expense is too great.

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