Fallkniven F1 Swedish Pilot Survival Knife 3.8" VG10 Satin Blade, Black Thermorun Handle and Leather Sheath - F1L


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SWEDF1L: F1 Pilot Survival Knife


With this knife a new world standard is being set! Important factors such as technical design, ergonomy and economy are brought together within the model F1, and represent the foremost concept available today. The knife meets and surpasses by far established international standards for strength, personal security and value for money.

Mod. F1 is the official survival knife for pilots within the Swedish Air Force since 1995.

Mod. F1 represents an entirely new philosophy with respect to knives for survival use. At the same time it combines the experience of generations of knife manufacturing with modern technology. The handy size, the well thought-out design, the incredibly tough laminated steel are only a few of many details making this knife something you can rely on.

Mod. F1 is a handy knife and is tremendously versatile. The safe, pleasant grip together with a very hard yet tough laminated steel, makes the knife very useful for all kind of daily work but also demanding tasks. You can choose from two kinds of sheaths - an all-covering pouch type, which safely houses the entire knife or an extremely tough double-safety, one hand operated Zytel sheath.


  • Total length: 210 mm (8.3")
  • Blade length: 97 mm (3.8")
  • Blade thickness: 4.5 mm (0.18"), tapered
  • Tang: Broad, protruding
  • Weight (knife): 150 g (6oz)
  • Steel: Lam. VG10
  • Blade hardness: 59 HRC
  • Handle: Thermorun
  • Sheath: All-covering leather
  • Made in Japan

UPC Code: 7340101500102

Made in Japan
Made in Japan The exotic steel Capital of the World, Japan produces and innovates some of the best products, from pocket to kitchen knives and everything in between.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
VG10 Stainless Steel
VG10 Stainless Steel This Japanese excellent quality steel is known for it's ease of sharpening, ability to take a super fine edge, and outstanding corrosion resistance making it one of the best bang-for-buck steels on the market.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Fallkniven F1 Swedish Pilot Survival Knife 3.8" VG10 Satin Blade, Black Thermorun Handle and Leather Sheathrated 4.700 stars out of 5 (10 reviews)
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Fallkniven F1 Swedish Pilot Survival Knife 3.8" VG10 Satin Blade, Black Thermorun Handle and Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Jun 28, 2018
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
My favorite knife so far
I use this knife every day for every task you can imagine. From cooking at home, to spreading butter on my bread. On every occasion that I get to be outdoors it is used for battoning wood, hammering nails with the handle. I keep it on my belt when I work where it helps me cut various things all day.I am very happy with the quality of the steel. It is indeed tough, there are NO chips on the edge even though I abuse it. I do use my diamond sharpener to keep that edge perfect and it could take some time to get the perfect edge but I am not as dexterous when it comes to sharpening. I am sure someone with more experience will achieve better results faster. My main bush knife used to be the Glock bayonet which is significantly longer and has a very safe locking mechanism on the sheath compared to F1's Zytel. Frankly I was surprised when I opened the F1 box as I anticipated the size to be slightly larger. It did feel small at first and I was wondering if I should return it. However over time I realized this size made it as versatile as it is and it allowed it to excel in so many tasks.It is a pleasure cutting with this knife, very sharp, stays sharp, no chips on the edge whatsoever. The handle is really comfortable and surprisingly grippy even when wet. Very well balanced knife. Has a nice feel when holding. Back of blade is very thick and gives a safe feel to the knife, it will be a challenge to break even intentionally. The knife is small and can be concealed easily, nevertheless it is meant for small to big tasks.I have the Zytel sheath. Don't mind it but the locking mechanism will release the knife out under some tension if upside down. This was impossible with the Glock, so it is good to build a habit of strapping it so the knife doesn't get lost. It will take some practice before learning to do so with one hand as the strap wraps just right around the knife's handle.Zytel is better than leather because leather can freeze if wet. The knife stays firmly inside the sheath and will not rattle.I tried throwing it a few times but it didn't perform very well. So far it has been my favorite knife, it outperforms all other knives I have although I love them all, some of them have saved my life (my Mora 2000). I tried using the Glock once because forgot the F1 home and it just didn't cut through the wood as well although it is bigger and more prone to abuse. It required more effort to do the tasks.Bottom line: if you need to have only 1 knife buy the F1. You can't go wrong. If you wan't a tool that can do anything with an ease then buy the F1. Cons: throwing, hatching
Fallkniven F1 Swedish Pilot Survival Knife 3.8" VG10 Satin Blade, Black Thermorun Handle and Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
David W
Hamilton, On
Oct 14, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material
Cons: None
Fallkniven has larger blades, but the F1 seems to me to be the perfect hand-task-tool size. Man, is that blade thick! You could probably pry open a car door with it. The blade has a convex grind, possibly to give the greatest strength with the laminated steel stock. Shouldn't be too difficult to keep the edge sharp. The blade shape, as well as the handle, are absent of any stylistic flourishes, which I deeply respect. The profiling on the handle and the checkering makes the F1 easy to hold while doing real work. They didn't skimp on the leather sheath, either. It's heavy duty, equaling the knife in quality, and sure to last just as long. This is the knife you want on your belt when your plane goes down.
Fallkniven F1 Swedish Pilot Survival Knife 3.8" VG10 Satin Blade, Black Thermorun Handle and Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Jun 30, 2014
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard
Cons: None
Great sheath
Lots of knife reviews because it's a classic. So I'll review the sheath. Very stiff but it's leather: give it time and it will be like a trusty pair of shoes. No, I don't go swimming with the sheath. But once it has been broken in you can use it with one hand, no issues. When I decided to buy a knife of this quality I didn't want that Mora feeling.
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