Recently, Clay was asked about his important considerations for a survival knife. He, along with the other experts, gave some excellent answers on what to look for, but steered clear of specific model recommendations.
So, in the spirit of my previous post on “Go-To Knife Recommendations,” I now ask you, what are your go to recommendations for a survival knife? I nominate the Fällkniven F1, and not just because it is the official survival knife of the Swedish Air Force. See my reasoning, after the jump.
The base model uses laminated VG10 steel and higher end models are constructed with 3G. Both excellent choices in blade steel. They are convex ground–excellent for an outdoors blade and easy to maintain with the right tools. Construction is robust, with a full tang and an exposed pommel to facilitate crushing or hammering, and the blade stock is thick enough to stand up to abuse.
The rubber overmolded handle does have its downsides. Obviously, hot spots will be more of an issue than with a smooth, hard handle material. On the upside, it covers the tang which provides extra protection for your hands in cold environments. They are also a boon in wet or muddy conditions such as canoeing/kayaking/rafting, fishing, or plain old rain.
The length of the blade is about the bare minimum for a survival knife, squeaking in under 4 inches. This means you can still carry it in places with 4″ blade length limits.
The Fällkniven F1 may not be the best for every situation, but if you only plan on owning one survival knife, it has a combination of characteristics that make it a strong contender.
What are your recommendations?