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I did it, I finally ordered a Fallkniven A1 Pro.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by DeadboxHero, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. DeadboxHero

    DeadboxHero Triple B Handmade Knives, Big Brown Bear Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 22, 2014
    Wow, this was the most money I've ever spent on any knife.
    $330
    More like $350

    Dammit, I just had to have the priority shipping.
    They finally broke me.:p

    I can't believe I'm saying this but the A1 Pro seems like a good deal for a Fallkniven at least.


    Makes me cringe to say that.
    I'm still pragmatic and not completely lost to thoughts of survivaling because I had a magic piece of steel.
    No one needs a Fallkniven A1 Pro to "Survive"

    But sweet Lord. What a great tool.

    The name "Pro Survival" and accessories(waterproof box) seem gimmickly and somewhat unnecessary
    Also the knife doesn't blow me away with mosic pins and burls

    But this knife is a pure user
    I can't wait to share with you guys.

    Im most excited about its exotic, almost forbidden, Japanese Laminated Cobalt special steel made by Takefu Metals which is touted as a super VG10.
    Can it trump the performance over the OG A1?

    We'll see.
     
  2. jfk1110

    jfk1110

    Mar 9, 2013
    Congrats! Good luck with it & enjoy. Strop that bitch up & prepare to smile. Looking forward to one of your great reviews on it.
     
  3. DeadboxHero

    DeadboxHero Triple B Handmade Knives, Big Brown Bear Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 22, 2014
    Me too, man.
    Me too..
    I've shamelessly took vacation time to anticipate the long awaited arrival. Hahaha what a nerd right?
     
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  4. jfk1110

    jfk1110

    Mar 9, 2013
    Not at all just enthusiastic. I'm the same way
     
  5. DeadboxHero

    DeadboxHero Triple B Handmade Knives, Big Brown Bear Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 22, 2014
    Brotherhood of steel! Hahaha
     
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  6. Lance23

    Lance23

    805
    Jul 24, 2014
    I'm still sad you gave up on the RMD.
    Good luck and I look forward to your review.
    $330 is a lot of dough for a blade that size, it better be good, I'm sure you'll let us know.
     
  7. DeadboxHero

    DeadboxHero Triple B Handmade Knives, Big Brown Bear Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 22, 2014
    Me too bro :(

    Sr101 is great steel.

    It was a great experience. Everyone here on Bladeforums was right to hold it with such high regard.
     
  8. Lance23

    Lance23

    805
    Jul 24, 2014
    I've never had interest in Fallkniven, but I know you'll give a good idea of what it's all about.
    I know there's an iteration of the ole' RMD out there somewhere that would float your boat.
     
  9. Herlock

    Herlock

    841
    May 13, 2015
    Hi! Congratulation! I read with interest your ongoing review on the "old" A1. I'm curious why you decided to pair it up with this new Pro version. I also own the Fallkniven Brothers :) (A1 and F1) but this Pro versions did not really ignite my engine. As week-end hiker and just knives hobbyist, I don't see what the Pros can do better for me than the originals, but I'm really looking forward to yours and others members reviews!

    I fully agree A1 and F1 really have their own charm. I once read in the net one of the funniest way to describe it, it sounded more or less like this: "When compared to the general run of so called “survival knives,” Fallkniven survival knives stand out like lean, tough paratroopers in a crowd of pimply faced, overweight, black-suited mall Ninjas" :D.
     
  10. nick_30

    nick_30

    616
    Aug 21, 2011
    Dude, I wanted the same knife so bad I could taste it. I just couldn't fork out the dough for it. I can't wait to see pics and you analysis of it
     
  11. Mikael W

    Mikael W Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    :D

    It's refreshing with some pure joy over the new knife!
    I'm sure You will like the A1 Pro and I'm looking forward to the testresults.

    I have used my F1 Pro for 3 months now and I really like the steel and the design.
    This month I have switched back to the custom Stag F1 I made as a working knife 2 years ago.

    The Pro takes everything it has been used for with flying colors and the first batch seems to have sold-out at Fällkniven HQ.

    The pic shows the F1 Pro together with
    1. The custom FK A2 in VG-10.
    2. The custom 7" bowiemade by Bark River in A2 toolsteel.
    3. The F1 Pro.
    4. The custom F1 3G in Stag.

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    Four differrent knives in 4 differrent steels, but I like them all!



    Regards
    Mikael
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2018 at 2:17 PM
  12. DeadboxHero

    DeadboxHero Triple B Handmade Knives, Big Brown Bear Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 22, 2014
    Haha love that quote.


    As awesome as it would be, I not going to duel wield A1s in the field except for testing

    I just have to know if it's possible to improve something that's already great.

    The A1 is the perfect size and fits my style of use for a heavy-duty knife.
    It's for my adverse weather adventures really my default setup with an appropriate sized axe, saw and folder.

    Honestly, I love and use the original design so much it seemed like a no brainier to get the Pro version when I could.

    I'm just so tired from long wilderness hikes I love the care free maintenance and Performance.


    It took me so long to buy it, I was waiting for your review first! Haha
    Guess I'll take one for the team this time ;)
    I wish I had those rehandling skills of yours

    Mikael, your truly the Fallkniven Master

    It's my pleasure to share
     
  13. nick_30

    nick_30

    616
    Aug 21, 2011
    Aren't the new f1 pro made out of some kinda ball bearing laminate. I read what they where made out of but can remember. Like maybe a cobalt laminate or something like that
     
  14. DeadboxHero

    DeadboxHero Triple B Handmade Knives, Big Brown Bear Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 22, 2014
    http://www.e-tokko.com/eng_original_list.htm

    There's a link to the Takefu foundry in Japan.

    It's under the name "Co. Special" for Cobalt Special.

    Strangely, it's left blank.

    Top Secret! No foreigners allowed!
    Hahaha

    It's ingredients were realised by spyderco back in 2011 when they made a mule team knife out of the steel that was laminated with 420j2

    Hence the name Laminated Cobalt special
    Or as Fallkniven calls it Lam. CoS

    It's an ingot steel which means the alloy content is limited.

    CoS doesn't have crazy amounts elements.

    It should thought of as" Super" Vg10
    All of the ingredients get a tiny bump in volume
    Also sprinkle of tungsten is added
    I can already imagine the" bite" the edge will have when sharpened.
    It also has a higher working hardness of 61-62 hrc
    Versus Vg10 at 59-69 hrc
    Woo!

    A good comparison
    Think of vg10 as hitachi Blue paper #1 and CoS as Blue paper Super


    Its an exciting steel for people that love to sharpen knives

    It's not going to have the wear resistance of s30v

    It has other attributes
     
  15. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Breaking into a new cost regime. Well, Congratulations on your purchase and I hope it works out to be the knife you expect it to be. My F1 cost nearly as much as this 5 years ago. It has the Fallkniven micarta handles on it (vs Bark River).
     
  16. Mikael W

    Mikael W Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    DBH, thanks for the kind words!

    Even if I prefer using fancy custombuilds, I think the new Pro series are at a new level for production knives in stainless steel.


    Regards
    Mikael
     
  17. DeadboxHero

    DeadboxHero Triple B Handmade Knives, Big Brown Bear Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 22, 2014
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    Thanks man, I don't hope to make it my habit :p

    I'll try to keep my expectatons reasonable.

    Haha we'll see.

    Yea man, years back I remember sweating those micarta handled F1s
    So nice.

    Welcome friend,


    Haha we'll see.
     
  18. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    At the time, that F1 was my most expensive fixed blade. (I have ones that have become more valuable that are older purchases, but for a new knife, it set a record at the time.) I looked and looked at pictures.... then I dropped by a knife store in VA (you probably know the place online), and just had to have it after I picked it up and fondled it. Since I was inside the store vs via the mail, I was hit with WV sales tax. Ouch.

    Hope you enjoy your new blade.
     
  19. DeadboxHero

    DeadboxHero Triple B Handmade Knives, Big Brown Bear Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 22, 2014
    Hahaha ouch indeed, any pics of that bad boy?

    Thanks bro it comes tommorrow I can hardly focus I'm so excited
     
  20. knoefz

    knoefz Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Awsome blade.... been lookin... drooling at a F1pro but no funds. Let us know how you like it.
     

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