Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
My Second Fjellkniven
Well, I just bought my second Fjellkniven knife. I bought #1 in 1963, and have used it hard, but have taken reasonable care of it as well. The only difference is, the older one had reindeer horn rounds and leather spacers in the handle. The new one has birch and walnut rounds. Must be some new prohibition on horn or animal products I guess.I confess I didn't really need a new knife; the first one is still just fine, believe it or not, despite going through two wars (and three kids.) The deerskin sheath, although light and supple, has worn much better than cowhide would have, I think. The old sheath "stitching" was deerhide lacing, while the new one is machine sewn with heavy synthetic thread. The stainless rivet on the old sheath belt loop and safety catch has held up just fine. The laminated stainless steel blade is as good as my Randall-made or any K-Bar I ever used, just a little smaller. The laminated blade has been extremely durable and stays razor-sharp a very long time. The only negative, I suppose, is that the first one cost $16.95 in 1963. The new one was $145.00. Of course, my 57 Chevrolet was $1,900.00; while our new car was $43,000 last year; so there you have it. This is a top-quality weapon or tool that really hasn't changed in at least 53 years.A genuine 5 stars.