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Fallkniven A2 Review

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by loogin28, Sep 30, 2018.

  1. loogin28

    loogin28

    32
    Feb 20, 2017
    Purchased the Fallkniven A2 and love this blade. Took the A2 on a recent deer scout, knife test and stand preparation trip. This knife is a beast and took all the abuse I dished out.
    I chopped/batoned on hardwood and softwood cut various materials paper/cardboard/paracord/meat. Made feather sticks for fire, cut notches into wood in the forest where I hunt/camp/explore in Manitoba Canada. Not holding back, most times chopping at full power. Not one issue with the knife or edge that I could see. The convex edge on this knife is made for bushwork in my opinion. The forward weight and geometry of the blade makes the A2 an excellent chopper, also the 6mm blade thickness batons through wood very well.
    The knife weighs in at 13.4 ounces, feels substantial in the hand, but not to weighty and surprisingly not so heavy on the belt. Kraton handle feels grippy and great with no hotspots felt in my medium to large size hands during use. The almost 8 inch blade length seems just the right size for a Bush/Camp knife. It comes with a well made leather dangler sheath, that I wasn't sure I would like. But upon use was pleasantly surprised. I also treated the leather sheath with a mix of Mink oil and Dubbin.
    When I first received the knife, there was no discernable micro bevel on the edge like my A1 had. I stropped the blade as I always do to get the edge to my preferred sharpness. Upon returning home after this trip I stropped the A2 as always, checking the edge for any damage. There was none.
    The knife is not cheap to purchase, but checked all the boxes I was looking for. Stainless, Great Corrosion Resistance, Fixed Blade, Full Tang, Blade Design, Proven Steel, Tough, Blade Length & Thickness, Convex Edge, Leather Sheath. It will be my #1 carry blade for years to come.
    Take Care
    Canuck Bushman
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2018
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  2. Hurrul

    Hurrul Gold Member Gold Member

    84
    Aug 26, 2017
    I have an S1 and think highly of it, but the handle is not large or very thick across the beam. This does make it more nimble in hand, but the design does leave less to hold onto when cold weather starts to dictate keeping fingers protected.

    @loogin28 - while you were using the A2, were you wearing gloves at anytime? like work gloves or even liner (thin), light insulation type gloves? if so, was the handle of necessary girth and length to be held onto easily while in use with gloved hands?

    My hand are not large, right around small to medium in most gloves or mitts.
     
  3. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    I've heard where folks have dipped the handles in liquid plastic/rubber to make the handles larger. That may work for you. Nice review OP I'm looking at Fallknivens myself these days.
     
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  4. Hurrul

    Hurrul Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 26, 2017
    I imagine the handle on the A2 to be more substantial - has to balance a longer, heavier blade and wider steel stock would make for a thicker tang....

    But, would be nice to try one in hand before buying.
     
  5. loogin28

    loogin28

    32
    Feb 20, 2017
    Hurrul, I did wear light gloves while using the A1. The handle does feel good in my hands. The more I use this knife, the more I love it. It's not a light knife that is a bit blade heavy. I also own the A1, which has the same handle as the A2. The A2 is a great knife. Can't say enough good things about it. I was a bit hesitant to purchase, but watched every YouTube I could. Pulled the trigger and so glad I did.
    Take care
     
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  6. loogin28

    loogin28

    32
    Feb 20, 2017
    I meant while using the A2, btw
     
  7. Hurrul

    Hurrul Gold Member Gold Member

    84
    Aug 26, 2017
    I imagined the handle might be fuller so as to balance the larger and heavier blade. But, in this era of internet purchase, it's seldom that one can "try something on" before purchase. Thanks for some confirmation and it is an intriguing blade, thanks for typing up your thoughts about your time with it.
     
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  8. loogin28

    loogin28

    32
    Feb 20, 2017
    If I could add a few more points. The A2 is a bit heavy, but not terrible to use or carry. In fact I don't even consider the few extra ounces as bad. As said on the belt feels lighter than expected. In use, swings great. I'm really digging the leather danger sheath too. Was out today deer scouting and general bush fun. The dangler sheath is great for carry and sitting in chair. I was in and out of my 4x4 and had the A2 on my belt all day. Buy design, the sheath works great for the A2.
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2018
  9. Hurrul

    Hurrul Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 26, 2017
    From your stats, it certainly weighs less than some camp knives that have larger blades (ESEE junglas, Ontario knives SP 51, are some that I have), but as you note, it remains capable of the diverse, smaller work that is common for a camp knife.

    The dangler sheath came with me S1 and I too, appreciate it's flexibility when kneeling, exiting/entering a vehicle, squatting for periods of time, plus it's easier to get to the blade when you have multiple clothing layers when the sheath is not riding above your waist line like many non dangler sheaths tend to do.

    Happy trails to you out there.
     
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