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Fallkniven NL1 Tor Review

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by Jack88, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. Jack88

    Jack88

    179
    Jun 16, 2017
    After a long discussion in this thread here http://www.bladeforums.com/threads/looking-for-a-good-bowie.1501310/ I decided to pick up the NL1 as my hiking/camping large knife.

    Well I promised to review this knife and because I was unable to find any decent reviews online when I was purchasing and essentially had to piece together several reviews(which seems ridiculous for the cost of the blade), I will attempt to give you as complete of a review as possible, especially after being able to actually take it into the field.

    This is just a beautiful blade, I think it was its look that originally drew me to it.
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    Here are the specs:
    • Total length: 385 mm (15.15")
    • Blade length: 254 mm (10")
    • Blade width: 42 mm (1.65")
    • Blade thickness: 7 mm (0.28")
    • Weight (knife): 520 g (1.15 lbs)
    • Steel: Lam.VG10
    • Blade hardness: 59 HRC
    • Butt cap: Alumina
    • Guard: Stainless, specially anchored
    • Handle in brown leather: 132 mm (5.2")
    • Sheath: Black leather
    My first impressions of the knife upon taking it out of the box was immediately how light it is. The look may have drawn me in, but the weight of this knife is what actually sold it to me. It is very comfortable to carry, I hardly noticed it at my hip at all. The sheath needs a definite upgrade but I'll get to that later.

    Fallkniven is well known for delivering sharp blades and this one did not disappoint. It is hands down the sharpest blade I've ever had straight out of the box. It's sharpness was immediately evident in its chopping ability.

    So finally tonight I was able to go find some wood in a nearby forest, I brought along my Himalayan Imports M43 for a chopping comparison. I spent about 30 minutes on a diamond/ceramic stone with the M43 to try to get it to a comparable sharpness. I could get it close but not as sharp as the folks over at Fallkniven get their knives...
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    Found myself a dead pine log and decided to test the chopping ability of these two knives!
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    Just four chops in, despite the size difference and the obviously superior chopping shape of the khukuri the NL1 held its own easily.
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    This is after about 20 or so chops each and the shape of the cuts show the difference in the precision of each blade. The NL1 is much easier to control, its sharpness is clearly superior as well.

    The khukuri was for the most part taking deeper bites but was also wild.

    I took off a smaller branch with the khukuri like butter(not surprising), I believe this is where this blade excels. It would be great to work on the backyard with.
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    The Tor is so damn sharp it had no problem going through a small branch in one cut either. Have to say at this point the cutting ability was really beginning to surprise me.

    I've seen other reviewers mention that they felt as if the blade wanted to jump out of their hands due to the slickness of the ox hide grip on the NL1. I didn't feel that it was unsafe once or even came close to leaving my grip. It also seems as if it would actually roughen up over time, not something that would concern me. I am unable to comment on how the grip would perform when extremely wet, I bought this knife with its stainless blade to be able to survive the jungle conditions of some of my favorite hiking/camping spots. When I'm able to get to this knife to work over the case of many days in the jungle I'll be able to give a better review on its ability to withstand the elements.

    I know there is concern of the blade chipping on the VG10 triple lamented blade, I haven't hard used this knife yet but it performed like a champ with basic cutting tasks.

    Now for things I don't like:

    Upon opening the box it was immediately obvious that the sheath was not the same quality of the blade. Its general design is inferior and I will be certainly be having a custom sheath made for this blade eventually.
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    This flap of leather was like this upon coming out of the box and is a constant irritation when trying to sheath my knife.
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    This leather strap is design to keep the blade in the sheath while moving, is totally unnecessary (the blade stays in well enough without it) and is constantly in the way when trying to pull the blade out.
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    These buttons are supposed to make the blade easy to put on without removing your belt but this is simply a horrible design. These buttons are not secure at all and come loose even with minor movement (like bending over to pick something up) that being said the knife doesn't feel like it will come off even with major movement without the buttons snapped, but would I want to go Last of the Mohicans/Apocalypto sprinting through the forest without it snapped? No

    The NL1 performing some more delicate tasks
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    The same for the M43
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    My Winkler showed them both how it was done
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    The ergonomics of the NL1 is great, the M43 did begin to give me a hot spot here at the point at the back of the handle here.
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    Conclusion:
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    The Fallkniven NL1 Tor is a fine blade, I am very happy with its design and performance. Its weigh to performance ratio is astonishing, the simple fact that it could keep up with the M43 in chopping tasks blows me away. Now of course I would still choose the M43 to do chopping work in my backyard, but it weighs at least twice as much as the NL1.

    The con:
    For $530 I expect a far superior sheath, they need to go back to the drawing board on this one and come out with a completely different product. Get rid of the buttons all together they are totally unnecessary. The ability to tie it to my leg on the bottom is a plus, but it also decreases the ability of the top buttons to remain snapped.

    Final Score: as a complete product I give it an 8/10. The blade itself is a 10/10 but the sheath and the simple fact that I will need to buy another sheath does bother me. Other than that I see this blade outlasting me easily.

    Cheers
     
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  2. GB940Rookie

    GB940Rookie Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2016
    Nice review Jack, thanks. I haven't seen anything in that particular style that looks as good.
     
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  3. Jack88

    Jack88

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    Jun 16, 2017
    Thanks! Just hope to help out someone who is taking the same considerations I did before. Can't wait to take it on a real trip.
     
  4. deltablade

    deltablade Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    great review. glad you are happy with it. would love to see more pics down the road
     
  5. Jack88

    Jack88

    179
    Jun 16, 2017
    I'll give it a much better review when it gets some real time in the woods.
     
  6. on_the_edge

    on_the_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2006
    I've got the Krut and the sheath is pretty much the same as what you've got. One of the things that really bothers me is that the retention strap for the knife goes across the edge side of the knife rather than the spine side. As a result of this less-than-thoughtful design, sheathing the knife or taking it out of the sheath is always a challenge in trying to not cut the retention strap. Why is it so hard for Fallkniven to see that the retention strap placed on the opposite side so that it crosses over the spine would give the same level of retention yet eliminate the possibility of cutting the strap???
     
  7. Jack88

    Jack88

    179
    Jun 16, 2017
    I've been looking for custom sheaths... have any clue of anyone that makes a good one for the NL1 Thor that has them on hand (I wouldn't need to send it in) Patriot leather seems to make them for every blade but the NL series...
     
  8. on_the_edge

    on_the_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2006
    I think that will be the proverbial needle in a haystack if you find one. I presume you are looking for leather, not kydex. If so, I have a suggestion that I will share with you, but you will need to get me at my email since you are not a paid member here and I cannot start a private conversation with you. [email protected]
     
  9. Yonose

    Yonose

    Jul 10, 2017
    Looks like it should fit the leather sheath Condor sends with their "Moonshiner" knife which sell for $50, depending on the circumference of the guard. I know it's not "custom" but it is a quality sheath not to mention the knife, my Ontario bushcraft woodsman or rtak2 fit loosely
     
  10. spykez

    spykez

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    Feb 13, 2017
    Very nice, congratulations on your new baby!
     
  11. Jack88

    Jack88

    179
    Jun 16, 2017
    Thanks I'll give it a look!

    Lots of new toys lately.. gf is going to kill me :D
     
  12. cut it out

    cut it out

    Apr 11, 2010
    Glad to see a review of this series. I have 3 falkies the A1,S1,and F1. I absolulty love them!! And have always been intrigued by the NL series. But MAN ARE THE EXPENSIVE! yet I will have a Frei someday
     
  13. Jack88

    Jack88

    179
    Jun 16, 2017
    It is a nice knife but you’d probably hate to hear to has been relegated garage duty now. I upgraded my outdoors knife to a Busse battle mistress and the fallkniven mostly breaks down old boxes in the garage now.
     
  14. deltablade

    deltablade Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2006
  15. Jack88

    Jack88

    179
    Jun 16, 2017
    No thanks, as I said it’s been demoted out of regular use
     
  16. cut it out

    cut it out

    Apr 11, 2010
    Oops. Didn’t realize this was a old post. I have a ton of Busse’s and Kin but I still love my fallknivens. They are much better woods knives for hunting and bushcraft. I use my Busse and kins a lot. And love them as much but for ease of purchasing and straight out of the box ready to work there hard to beat. Most my hunting buddies are not gonna learn the process of buying and searching for knives and reprofiling the edges to make them great slicers. So I always recommend the F1 and S1 or A1 to those non knife addicts. If that makes sense.
     
  17. Jack88

    Jack88

    179
    Jun 16, 2017
    That makes total sense, a knife guru has no issue dealing with Busse which can be a pain in the ass.

    Even though I don’t use it in the woods now being my go to garage knife, it may get more use than any of my other knives.
     

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