Fallkniven H1 Hunter's Knife 4" VG10 Satin Blade, Black Thermorun Handle and Zytel Sheath - FK-H1Z


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SWEDH1Z: H1 Hunter's Knife

This is our first true hunting knife, built upon centuries of the knife-making art in our part of the world. This strong, straight and very handy knife dates its origin from the ancient times of North-Scandinavian knife-making. Due to this heritage, it lacks a standard finger guard, but the grip safety is enhanced by the ergonomically shaped handle made of tacky Kraton rubber with a textured pattern. With a handle this shape, you should be an experienced hunter or outdoorsman to ensure you can safely handle such a classic yet advanced design as the H1 Hunting Knife.

Zytel (aka Kydex) sheaths is an injection molded, super strong zytel sheath. The benefit is that the zytel sheath can easily be cleaned.

The blade for the H1 has previously been manufactured from Stainless Laminated VG10 steel. We have used this steel for many years and are very satisfied with its strength and edge retention. It is heat treated and tempered to 59 HRC, in an excellent combination of strength and sharpness. Tests at the Solid Mechanic Laboratory of Lulea University of Technology show that this steel is among the strongest in the world. However, since October 2006 we offer this knife with the famous 3G steel, a laminated powder steel which we believe is the best steel in the world.

Blade function
The design of the H1 blade is special, so let us comment on its shape. First of all, a hunting knife may look very different and still work very well - in many respects it depends on the person actually holding the knife as to how it will perform. If you don't know how to place the correct incision into game, it doesn't matter what kind of knife you're working with. It will end up in bad cuts, hair on the meat, thru-cut body membranes and blood all over the game and you. However, the combination of a skilled hunter and a well-designed knife is unbeatable! The incisions are well placed, the game is clean with hair only on the outside, no cuts into the meat, etc.

Blade design
The optimal hunting knife looks like the Model H1! It's rubbish to say that hunting knives should have blades at lengths of 2". We say that the perfect length is around 4-5" - just take a look at the equipment of a professional butcher! Still, the length must be combined with a design which offers both a long, effective skinning edge and - very importantly - a tip which is shaped for penetration performance, because a knife has two functions, the edge and the tip. The tip of this knife is designed for penetrating the hide without cutting into the meat when you start skinning your game.

The Model H1 will surely be your first choice for such use, as everything on this knife is matched for maximum capability in countless situations: the sharp, strong and tough steel, the 0.2" blade thickness, the razor-sharp convex-ground blade, the straight, ergonomic handle in tacky Kraton rubber, and the extremely compact size. Among experienced hunters and true outdoorsmen the H1 Hunting Knife will become the obvious choice; the lack of finger guards is no loss for those who can handle a knife.
  • Total length: 8.3" (210 mm)
  • Blade length: 4" (100 mm)
  • Blade thickness: 0.2" (5 mm)
  • Tang: Broad, protruding tang
  • Weight (knife): 180 g (6.3 oz)
  • Steel: Lam. VG10
  • Blade hardness: 59 HRC
  • Handle: Thermorun
  • Sheath: Zytel sheath
  • Made in Sweden

UPC Code: 000000116947

Kydex Sheath
Kydex Sheath
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
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 super-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.
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Joe Kantor
May 13, 2011
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Finish, None
Cons: Weight, Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard
Well designed,specialized knife
Firstly i must say that the H1 is a great knife. I love mine! It is an intelligent design, for a very specific perpose. Game processing is its forte. The H1 excells in opening push cuts with the edge up. The tip of the blade is turned down to reduce the risk of penetrating the gut cavity. The long sweeping belly is perfect for removing the hide of any animal. The handle is comfortable in any grip. The deep convex grind allows for a strong but very sharp cutting edge. Used properly this grind tends to keep the edge from sticking while boning out or removing the back strap. The edge sharpens easily in the field with a DMT diafold. At camp i use a mouse pad and 1200 grit paper with a stropping motion to restore a perfect edge. This blade is very strong and with the edge right up to the end of the handle it is great for general bushcraft tasks as well. It will batton small sections of timber,and it carves and makes feather sticks with ease. My only complaints are about the sheath and the thickness of the blade. The sheath works well but just plain sucks. This knife deserves better. The blade thickness is twice what it should be for a knife of this size and style. Even with the convex grind the thickness of this blade effects cutting efficiancy. A laminated blade half the H1 thickness would still be very strong, and given a convex grind would have far better cutting efficiancy. The H1 is still great though! Snap that handle in tight or you will lose your blade.
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