I had a special order come through for one of the Fallkniven HK9Cx knives and was thrilled to be able to take a good look at one. This is a high end production knife that has an MSRP around $2800.
I never paid a lot of attention to them as the price was in the range that it’s a bit hard to justify picking one up for a ‘demonstrator’. As a result, I never knew a whole lot about them. When the order came in I started doing a little reading, particularly about the Damascus Cowry X blade steel used in the Fallkniven HK9Cx. This stuff is incredible.
On initial glance out of the box, you wonder why the HK9Cx is so expensive. A quick look tells you it’s definitely well fit and finished, the blade has a mirror finish, but appearance is only a small part of the total package.
From my reading, Cowry X is one of the new powder steels used primarily for knife blades and to put it mildly, it’s expensive and an incredible blade steel. Just the blank 3/16″x 1 3/4″ x 12″ bar stock runs around $140-160, and that’s NOT Damascus. It’s a very high carbon steel with an ability to harden to 66-68 HRc without becoming overly brittle. PLUS the carbon structure allows for a mirror like polish and excellent edge retention. The convex edge on this knife is absolutely razor sharp.
Fit and finish is exactly what you’d expect from a knife in this price range. When you run your finger along the mating surfaces of the White Micarta and the tang, they’re absolutely seamless. No lumps, bumps or rough edges. A detail that I like is the use of the small pins to attach the Linen Micarta Handle. They’re simple, functional and really add to the overall appearance.
It’s a little hard to explain unless you actually handle the Fallkniven HK9Cx, but the simplicity and clean lines of this knife are what make it a really great looking knife. And the feel in your hand is superb. The weight and balance are exactly what you look for in a high quality hunting knife.
THE most enjoyable part of this transaction is knowing this knife is going to get USED!!! This isn’t going to be a safe queen and I’m glad to know that. That would be a total waste. I take my hat off to Fallkniven for building a knife of this quality without putting exotic handle material, mosaic pins or engraving all over it. There’s not necessarily anything wrong with a dressed up knife, but too often they end up not getting used. The HK 9Cx is a great looking knife, but it was built with the intent it should be used, not just looked at.