Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife review

By | January 25, 2016

Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife Fixed Blade Knife, 6.375in, Satin Spear Point Blade, Kraton Handle FN3K. Its a great knife with a Zytel sheath. The Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife is considered by many a trend-setter in economy, ease of use and technical design. The knife is durable and surpasses standards for personal security, value and strength. The Fallkniven A1 is an all-purpose knife predominantly intended for heavy duty use. Despite a minimalistic and plain appearance, it has the capability to do anything expected from a survival knife.

In many ways the Fallkniven A1 typifies what this Yankee would view as the ultimate Swedish survival knife. Hefting this thing I can just imagine gently padding along Sweden’s forest floors. You can immediately tell that this knife was meant to be used, and it was meant to be used hard. And then there is that Scandinavian design. It’s charming in it’s simplicity, yet the knife has real weight to it. The Fallkniven A1 is definitely a knife where style and substance go hand in hand.

Fallkniven knives are considered to be some of the best production knives in the world. I know a number of friends who own them and swear by them. I chose the A1 because of its size and weight; for me, if you’re going to carry only one knife it needs to be up to all tasks.

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The A1 has an overall length of 11″ (280mm), a 6.3″ (160mm) blade, and it weighs 12 ounces (305g). As I mentioned earlier, there is a real feeling of heft here. When I compare the A1 with my Cold Steel SRK there really is no comparison – the SRK feels like a toy. Fallkniven describes the knife as “semi-large” and I’d say that works well enough for me. This is a medium size survival knife. It would work fine around a campsite or taken along on hikes or excursions. Of course it would be at home in a survival situation or bug out style scenario as well.

The Fallkniven A1’s most important feature is its blade which is crafted from VG10, a special rust-resistant steel. While this type of steel is hard to manipulate and is quite costly, when correctly tempered and hardened, it produces a blade that is hard, resilient, and virtually stainless. The VG10 blade is also laminated.

This knife reminds me of an NFL linebacker. It’s heavy but man, it moves when it needs to. It wasn’t long after the A1 arrived that I was in my back yard working through a large felled branch. I’d love to say I took this knife up into the mountains for an extended trip, but the truth is I’m currently trapped in a Florida suburb where retirees flock for the mild winters and early bird specials. So instead of temperate hardwoods I worked with native sea grape, palm fronds, and even treated lumber. The A1 took devastating chunks out of anything I put it too. The cutting performance is frankly unlike anything I have previously evaluated and truly needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated.

The knife doesn’t quite have the forward heavy weight of a true chopper like the Ka-Bar Kukri Machete, but the knife could definitely get some chopping done and batoned like an absolute champ. The wedge like geometry of this blade pounds through wood with ease. If batoning matters at all to you I think you will be extremely pleased with the A1’s performance.

Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife Specifications

  • Knife length of 11-inches
  • Blade length of 6.3-inches
  • Blade thickness of 0.24-inches
  • Blade laminate 420J
  • Blade material is VG10 steel
  • Overall knife weight 12 ounces or 305 grams
  • Blade has hardness rating of 59 HR


The Fallkniven A1 survival knife is easy to use and very comfortable. It is made of the right length and weight expected from a typical survival knife. The 12 ounce weight provides adequate reassurance that the knife can be safely used to chop wood and other hard objects. The knife is of medium size which is ideal for camping, hiking and other excursions. The blade features a custom drop-point design which seems to promote stabbing stability and tip strength. The VG10 steel on the blade does not look susceptible to being brittle.


The product disadvantages of the A1 don’t seem too significant and may not be of great concern to most. Some users may not like the simple design for a survival knife or the lack of serrated edges, but it all comes down to preference. Another thing is, although the knife looks well designed and built, it doesn’t appear to have matching sturdiness for the A1’s.

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Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife

Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife Customer Reviews

Average Amazon Rating: 4.9

One Fallkniven A1 review states the knife’s performance is truly impressive. The blade’s modified drop point design has a generous sweeping belly for improved penetrating capability and tip strength. It’s heavy when it needs to be and the user of this particular knife has been working through a large fallen tree branch. The Fallkniven A1 is quite a chopper and can go through wood with relative ease. The user also found the handle of the A1 to be ergonomic and easy to use. This is because the handle is made of Kraton which is a high-density and semi-rubbery polymer. The user also has no problem with hot spots or slipping after prolonged use. The thick handle offers a lot of support and the Kraton material absorbs some hard pounding shock.


This Fallkniven A1 review has nothing but praises for this knife. One has to use the knife to experience its great qualities. The simple and sleek look belies a great cutting performance. It is perfect for all kinds of tasks. This review would rate the Fallkniven A1 a 4.9/5. Folks at Fallkniven surely know how to make a perfectly good knife.

Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife

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