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How Fallkniven and Bear Grylls saved my hike...

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I took a long (for me) hike today. The trail is a real beast for the first few miles and then it mellows out as it reaches the stream. I was glad when that happened. However, just a 1/4 mile in on the mellow part, high winds from the day before had blown a large tree over the trail. It was impassable. Not even a mouse could get through that morass of branches. Here's a pic:

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Detouring around the tree would have been very difficult. Probably not something I would have wanted to attempt since I was hiking alone and was pretty sure no one would be on the trail today.

A brief flash of disappointment was quashed when I remembered my knife. I had my Fallkniven S1 with me. No tree is a match for a good knife. I attacked it with gusto.

Before I took a swing at the first branch, I remembered the Man vs. Wild episode where Bear Grylls showed the best way to cut a branch. Bend it and cut it where it's straining. I did just that and the first branch, at least two inches thick, was history with just two chops. Subsequent branches didn't stand a chance. In no time, I had carved a tunnel through the tree that allowed me (and all subsequent hikers) to continue on with the hike. Here's a pic of the defeated tree:

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(Although it may not look it, it's just a shadow of its formal self.)

I was quite impressed with myself and my knife.

I'd like to extend my thanks, and the thanks of all the other hikers that will take that trail, to Fallkniven and Bear Grylls for allowing me to reach this reward at the end of the hike:

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Oh yeah, here's the knife:

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Before i even read your post i scanned the pictures and thought "he couldn't get around the tree so he climbed a waterfall."

:D
 
hahaha, thats awsome. yah I some times get the "look at pictures first" syndrome, makes the pics make sense after you read the text, eh?
 
A little light for chopping but the S-1 will do the job. I'm very happy with mine but my kukri would have done the job in half the time !
 
Great pics!!
Another fine reason to carry some "quality steel" even on a short familiar hike. Ya nevva know.

That S1 is a great looking knife. I love the no nonsense simplicity in a high quality form. Thanks for the pics.
 
Great pics!

That is a really nice knife too IMO :thumbup:

Falls just in between the size of my CS SRK & CS master hunter. Gotta say, I really like a nice wide ~5" blade - and it is allot nicer than the inexpensive CS models... As a blade-aholic I could see spending the extra money on the S1 sometime.

From what I gater the S1 is 5mm thick? How many mm is 3/16"? - Like most Americans I have trouble thinking in metric unless we are talking about meters. And then only because I can just think "yards" LOL :D

I have two questions though; 1. What is the static balance point? I'm guessing it is very close to neutral but I'm interested in where it balances in relation to the handle. And 2. Would you mind posting a picture of the blade spine? I was wondering if it had a distal taper & if so, how much of one...

Anyway, thanks allot! <James
 
Nice job.

That waterfall is a very destination indeed! I always have liked the Fallkniven brand even in the kitchen (Blue Whale!) they perform well.

Man. I really want to go hiking now, thanks!
 
So was it really that hard of a detour or were you just
itchin to try out that fine blade? ;)
 
I have never seen a falled tree I could not make my way through if I want to. But, glad you did some trail maintenance! A small axe would have really come in handy. Good to see you were happy with the knife performance.
 
From what I gater the S1 is 5mm thick? How many mm is 3/16"? - Like most Americans I have trouble thinking in metric unless we are talking about meters. And then only because I can just think "yards" LOL :D

according to http://www.onlineconversion.com/length_common.htm
0.5 centimeter = 0.196850394"
3/16 = .187"
Essentially, the same measurement, unless you're engineering a space shuttle or something.

I have to agree, that S1 is a fine knife. A very strong contender for my next "production" purchase. I've heard good things about the steel they use too... how did the edge hold up, Wildewinds?

P.S. Glad you had a happy and successful hike! I'm sure that Fallkniven will serve you well for a long time.
 
Where is that? it sure looks like the canyons i used to hike in above altadena in socal...There was a nice waterfall in rubio canyon, but the local water company dynamited a cliff nearby and filled it with rocks a few years ago :(
 
Before i even read your post i scanned the pictures and thought "he couldn't get around the tree so he climbed a waterfall."

:D

I thought the same thing. I'm shocked that Grylls actually taught something really useful that's not really dangerous :p
 
HA I thought the same thing, wondering if that was Angeles Crest, I live so damn close by there, looks exactly like it...Nice pictures, thanks for posting this...
 
The S1's edge is holding up quite nicely. Close inspection shows that it's time to touch it up, but only near the tip, not the part that was doing the chopping.

The trail is the Fish Canyon Trail in Duarte. Coincidentally, it leads to Fish Canyon Falls.

Nicest falls I've seen in the San Gabriels.
 
I have to agree, that S1 is a fine knife. A very strong contender for my next "production" purchase. I've heard good things about the steel they use too...
I've got an old solid VG10 one.
As all Fallkniven craftmanship and finish are excellent (made in Japan).
Nice full convex blade.
Edge holding: VG10 at 59 HRÇ which means pretty good. Compares to other Fallkniven knives.
Balance is essentially neutra&#316; a bit forward.

A very nice knife, but as I have often stated, I hate that format: too small for a chopper, too big for small knife job.
But well made.
 
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