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New Additions to the Store

More new additions went into the store this morning and there are a couple of true gems.  The first is a 48 Templar with End of Day handle material is a one of a kind knife.

 

48 Templar 'End of Days' one of a kind
48 Templar ‘End of Days’ one of a kind

There is also a Whaler which we don’t see show up for sale very often.  And there are several more to come.

46 Whaler Cocobolo
46 Whaler Cocobolo
735212 Burnt Stag
735212 Burnt Stag

In addition, I filled in some voids in the Fallkniven lineup.  One that really stood out is the TK3 TreKroner with Cocobolo Wood handles.

TreKroner
TreKroner

One addition I’m really tempted to try out personally is a Bark River Blackwater II Boot knife with the Elmax Steel blade.  Being a steel junkie of sorts, I’ve read about it and it sounds like a fantastic blade for the price.  Tough, holds an edge and easy to sharpen (all things considered).   It sounds like it has a lot of the characteristics of 154CM, but better.

Black Water II Elmax
Black Water II Elmax

The Beer Scouts are continuing to dribble in.  There’s going to be a surplus available in the store so don’t worry if you missed out on the pre-orders.  The Draft Beer acrylic has been a great looking handle.

Beer Scout 'Draft Beer' Acrylic
Beer Scout ‘Draft Beer’ Acrylic

More new additions will be coming through the week so don’t forget to check the “Recently Added Products” category in the storefront.

Weekly Update 4.15.16

I started digging around in some boxes of knives I’ve been accumulating and came across a real gem.  It’s a Schatt & Morgan 042262 Slim Coke Bottle that’s been embellished by Michael Prater.

Michael Prater Painted Pony
Michael Prater Painted Pony
Top of Blades
Top of Blades
Back Spring
Back Spring

Those of you familiar with Prater’s work , you know he just can’t leave any metal surfaces untouched.  Great looking knife and as with much of his work, truly unique!

The GEC Texas Camp Knives were a booming success.  There may be a couple of stragglers coming yet but I know I got very few of them.

GEC #98 Texas Camp Knife
GEC #98 Texas Camp Knife

There weren’t nearly enough of these to go around.  No doubt the upcoming Whittler’s and Cattle Knives are going to be just as popular.  I haven’t taken any reservations for these as I have no idea how many are going to be available other then it won’t be nearly enough!

I filled a few holes in the Fallkniven inventory this week.  That little Fallkniven U2 has been popular and remains one of my all time favorites.  It’s lightweight, compact and tough as nails.  The blade steel they use is incredible stuff for anyone wanting/needing a finely honed edge that stands up to hard use.

Otherwise….. Spring is officially here.  The wood ducks have settled into an old oak tree in the backyard.  We heard the first loons flying over the lake yesterday afternoon and the cardinals are so noisy they’re almost annoying.  (Not really)

 

New Additions

A few new additions went into the store this morning.  The GEC Farm & Fields are now in stock and a few other items were added to the inventory as well.  A couple of items I want to highlight are the Rough Rider kits, Cold Steel fixed blade and the Fallkniven PC.  The Cold Steel first.

While I don’t regularly stock them in the store, I do pick up a few of the Cold Steel Knives every year to fill special orders.  Now and then I’ll check to see if they’re offering anything that catches my eye and the little Pendleton Mini Hunter did just that.

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Cold Steel Pendleton Mini Hunter
Cold Steel Pendleton Mini Hunter

It’s not only a compact yet practical knife , the price on these is very affordable.  You’re getting a VG1 blade with a nonslip handle all wrapped up in a kydex sheath…..shipped, for under $30.  Tough to find a 440C fixed blade in that price range.

The Rough Riders aren’t something I stock in the store, but the kits were too good to pass up.  Somehow I’m going to set aside the time to put one of these together myself for no other reason then to get a better understanding how a slip joint comes together.  Once again, it looks to me like a fun project without a big cash layout and a great idea to get a youngster interested in knife making.  Christmas is coming!!!

Rough Rider Trapper Kit
Rough Rider Trapper Kit

Finally, I couldn’t resist stocking a few of the Fallkniven PC’s in colored handles.  I’m impressed with the price for a linerlock with a Cobalt Special Steel Blade.  The blade is hardened to 60 RcH and my experience with the Gentleman’s Pocket knife (with the Cobalt Steel) has been excellent.  It’s no secret I’m a big fan of the Fallkniven line and I think they offer an incredible knife at a realistic price.

Fallkniven PC Orange Cobalt Special Steel
Fallkniven PC Orange Cobalt Special Steel

I’m always looking for products that offer value or might be just plain fun to have!!

Favorite Knife… tough choice

I’ve been digging around some boxes and desk drawers recently and got to thinking about some of my ‘favorite’ EDC knives.  It’s actually been kind of interesting to see how my tastes and preferences have changed.  Not so sure my day to day knife requirements have changed so much as what feels good and works best for different tasks.

A few of my EDC's
A few of my EDC’s

In the upper left hand corner was the start of a love affair with GEC knives that lasted a long time.  It’s a 2008 735108L Burnt Stag that’s had a lot of use.

CRKT M16 & Tidioute Melon Whittler
CRKT M16 & Tidioute Melon Whittler

Then there’s a  CRKT M16 that is still a handy utility knife.  There’s several floating around the property in desk drawers or the truck or Jeep consoles.  To it’s right is the Melon Knife, Executive Whittler (take your pick) that really struck my fancy with it’s slim profile and multi blade option.

GEC Trapper and Ben Hogan
GEC Trapper and Ben Hogan

Sticking with that preference for longer slimmer knives,  the Trapper and the Ben Hogan were a couple of naturals.  I took out my Dremel Tool and turned the Ben Hogan into an EZ-Open which brought a whole new dimension to that knife especially if you were deploying the blade with wet or bloody hands.

And then Queen came into my life with the Copperhead and it’s D2 blade.  My knife carrying preferences started to shift.

Queen Copperhead

The Queen Copperhead still followed a relatively slim profile but had a blade that was big enough for serious work.  And the blade steel……, love it.

Then I seemed to start to vacillate again between a smaller knife in the form of the #48 Queen Whittler and the Fallkniven Gentleman’s Knife.

Queen #48 Whittler and Fallkniven Gentleman's Knife
Queen #48 Whittler and Fallkniven Gentleman’s Knife

I liked the smaller size for carrying but had come to have a serious appreciation for premium blade steels.   Still a big fan of the Queen D2 blades, the Fallkniven has a laminated Cobalt Steel that is nothing short of fantastic (which comes at a price).   I could also loosen the pivot and effectively have a gravity opening knife for one handed deployment.

And somewhere along the line, I had to get into the lower price knives and found out there are some great US made, sub-$40 knives out there.

Queen Country Cousin and Sheepsfoot Barlow Workhorse
Queen Country Cousin and Sheepsfoot Barlow Workhorse

The Country Cousin has the D2 Blade I like and the Workhorse has a 1095 blade.  I’m willing to compromise on the blade steel considering the Sheepsfoot blade on the Barlow.  Pretty tough to deny that you’ll never find a blade profile easier to maintain (other then a Wharncliffe) then that nice straight edge of a Sheepsfoot.

So what’s in my pocket today????

Fallkniven U2
Fallkniven U2

Gotta admit, the Fallkniven U2 with the laminated powdered gold steel blade.  I’ve praised it’s virtues countless times before and so far, the bloom is still on the rose.  What really helps maintain that ‘favorite’ status is the low maintenance.  Incredible edge retention, stain resistant steel, light weight, comfortable to use…. ’nuff said.

Now this is just a sampling of my ‘favorites’.  One I missed in the photo is a GEC 4 blade Congress that’s had a lot of use and I haven’t even dug into the fixed blades yet.  What I find is if I’m working on a specific project (wiring, fishing, etc), I have a ‘go to’ pattern I’ll drop in my pocket, otherwise the U2 is my constant companion.  For camping, love that Ben Hogan and the Copperhead.  Repairs around the house, the sheepsfoot Barlow can’t be beat.   And so it goes.

Guess I can’t really remember a time I’ve only had one knife since I was a kid.  The thought of having to cut my choice down to a single knife would be a seriously difficult decision that would take a lot of consideration.  Maybe…. I might just give that some thought for a little mental exercise.

 

 

New Fallkniven Knives added to the store

In the last 6 months I’ve seen the interest in the Fallkniven knives slowly increase.  It’s just been fun to hear back from customers that bought them for the first time, used them and came back for more.

I’m still a big fan of the carbon steels and traditional folders, but it’s sure been fun using knives with some high tech blade steels that aren’t tactical style knives.  D2 and A1 will always rank high on my list of favorite steels, but once I got a taste of using a knife with a VG10 laminated blade, the 3G powdered steels and the cobalt steels, it just seemed like the sun shined a little brighter.  Best of all is the price on these super steels is very reasonable for what you’re getting.

One of the new Fallkniven knives I added today are a couple of the Tre Kronor TK3 lock backs in Ivory Micarta and Maroon Micarta.  A feature I really appreciate on all of the Fallkniven folding knives is the nail nick found on both sides of the blade to accommodate both left and right hand users.

Fallkniven Tre Kronor
Fallkniven Tre Kronor TK3

The next new model I added is the Fallkniven SK3 fixed blade.  Great, small fixed blade knife that has the utility of a pocket knife and the strength of a fixed blade all wrapped into a compact 5 3/4″ knife.  You also get the incredibly sharp 3G steel blade hardened to 62Rc.

Fallkniven SK3
Fallkniven SK3

Finally, I filled in on the U1 slip joint.  This is a non-locking 3 3/8″ closed non-locking slip joint.  Once again, you have the 3G steel blade for an edge that will stay sharp longer then you’re probably used to.

Fallkniven U1
Fallkniven U1

I plan to continue to expand the Fallkniven offerings in the store.  Like most other folks, I like to get the best bang for my buck and I think the Fallkniven line offers exactly that.

New Fallkniven Arrivals!

I’m restocking some of the Fallkniven’s that were sold out and also added a couple of new models.  Personally, I’m a huge fan of Fallkniven’s fixed and folding knives.  The quality of build is top notch and as far as I’m concerned, their blade steel is fantastic.

The U2′ s are back in stock.  That’s my personal carry knife and has been a solid seller.  I also added the U4 ( Wolf’s Tooth) to the line as well.  In the photo, I’ve placed it next to the larger U2.

Fallkniven U4 Wolf's Tooth (Left) U2 (Right)
Fallkniven U4 Wolf’s Tooth (Left) U2 (Right)

The Wolf’s Tooth would be the perfect knife for anyone desiring a high performance knife in a compact (under an ounce) package.

Fallkniven U4 Wolf's Tooth (L) U2 (R)
Fallkniven U4 Wolf’s Tooth (L) U2 (R)

As small as it is, the mid-back lock provides a secure lockup for any task.  With the 3G blade hardened to 62Rc, you’ve got a workhorse wrapped up in a 2.76″ folded knife.

The other knife I want to mention is the TK3OAK.  This is the top of the line Tre Kroner series with their famous 3G Steel blade sandwiched between a layer of their VG2 steel.  From personal experience, that combination gives you the ability to hone the edge to a razor sharpness that will last.

Fallkniven Tre Kroner TK3
Fallkniven Tre Kroner TK3

The handle material is Black Oak which is actually oak logs from old dams that have been in the sea bed for 100’s of years until salvaged by Fallkniven.   The result is a really interesting looking handle material.  While it comes with a sheath, it’s not too large for pocket carry.

Fallkniven Tre Kroner TK3OAK
Fallkniven Tre Kroner TK3OAK

I’ll be adding a few more knives this afternoon and hope to share a little more information  at that time.

Fallkniven Steel Comparison

In the last month, I posted a couple of articles in praise of the Fallkniven knives and in particular, the Fallkniven steel used in their blades.  I know Dave has been impressed beyond words with the the Cowry-X steel as well as the Cobalt and SGPS.

Both Dave and I did some research on the Fallkniven steel used in their blades and here’s probably one of the better articles we came across.  Fallkniven Steel Comparison.  It’s an easy read as well as being really informative.  Some of these articles can get really ground up in molecular structure and other details that can put the most interested to sleep.  This fellow from Australia did a great job of explaining things concisely but thoroughly.

Dave just sent me another link that’s rather interesting regarding Japanese steels.  It really helps explain why knives made with some of these steels get so expensive.  Makes you wonder why we’ll pay a kings ransom for a gorgeous piece of stag attached to a run of the mill carbon steel, yet balk at paying the same price for a premium steel finished with Micarta.  If you’re interested, check this link as well: Japanese Steel 

Fallkniven Reviews from the Field Tests

Finally sitting down to fill you in a little more on the field tests I ‘had’ to make a week ago.  I’d promise some Fallkniven reviews on the Gentleman’s Pocket Knife (GPK) and the U2.   The Marble’s Safety Hatchet performed admirably and I’m happy to report the Fallkniven’s did as well.

Every  summer I make at least one trip to the NE corner of Minnesota along the shore of Lake Superior.  We’ll usually camp near Grand Marais and make that our base for daily outings to wherever the spirit moves us.  It’s an incredibly beautiful part of the country and we’ve been going up there summers for over 40 years.

Something I am taking into consideration after this trip is investing in a new boat for the family get together next summer.  I ran into a couple of Border Patrol agents towing this rig up to one of the boundary lakes and got to thinking, those twin 225HP Mercs would probably make for a helluva ride on the tube or ski’s!  I’d save a ton on fuel by being able to pull everyone at once too.

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I also have to share a story I still find pretty funny.  Several years ago there’s was an article in the Grand Marais paper about a lady and her daughter observing a large owl population in the area.  As they drove down one of the more popular roads in the area they noticed that every light pole had an owl perched on the cross arms.  When they got back to town they were telling everyone about the phenomenon they had witnessed and how exciting it was to see all the owls.  UNTIL, someone informed them to take a closer look next time they drove that road.

Plastic Owl

It seems that in an effort to keep the woodpeckers off the new power poles, the power company had installed plastic owls to scare them away.

But to the purpose of the trip…….. The focus of the field tests were to provide a couple of Fallkniven reviews on two knives I’ve mentioned in the blog before but really hadn’t been tried in the field.  In addition, it was nice to compare them with a Don Carter Custom that always resides in the cook box.

L to R: Fallkniven Gentleman's Knife, U2, Don Carter Custom
L to R: Fallkniven Gentleman’s Knife, U2, Don Carter Custom

It seems like cooking and kitchen duties are probably one of the more important tasks at hand when we’re camping anymore.  As a result, how a blade performs for food prep is probably as important as cutting rope or trimming limbs!

These three blades were the perfect trial for some slicing.  The blades vary in thickness with the Gentleman’s Knife being the thickest and the Don Carter Custom the thinnest.

L to R: Fallkniven Gentleman's Pocket Knife, U2, Don Carter Custom
L to R: Fallkniven Gentleman’s Pocket Knife, U2, Don Carter Custom

As you might expect, Donnie’s knife takes first place when it comes to slicing.

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All three were capable of slicing an apple, but the thicker blades have a tendency to ‘split’ rather than slice.  Which actually is a good demonstration of the need for different knives for different tasks.  That big thick blade might be great for batoning firewood, but it’s not worth a darn slicing tomatoes.

I carried the Gentleman’s Pocket knife most of the week and it’s truly a ‘pocket knife’.  The heavy duty blade combined with the open frame make it slim and relatively light for it’s size without compromising strength.  Weighing 3.4 oz, it didn’t feel like I had a ‘big’ knife in my pocket, but in the hand, it felt plenty big.

As Dave related in his post, an important part of the day is making sure you’ve got kindling ready to get the pot boiling in the morning.  A never fail method to help get the fire going is whittling a fuzz stick, rooster tail, whatever you want to call it.

Fallkniven Gentleman's Knife
Fallkniven Gentleman’s Knife

The Gentleman’s Pocket Knife was perfect for the task.  As you can see, I chose a relatively thick chunk of kindling to see how easy that Cobalt Steel blade would slice it’s way through.  That wasn’t even a serious challenge.  It handled slicing the wood about as easily as it did the apple.   I also used it for other odd jobs such as cutting paracord (which was like a hot knife through butter).   But as far as getting the fire going….

DSCN0616Mission accomplished.

I had put a little flatter bevel on the edge before we headed up north and was interested to see how it held up.  The laminated Cobalt Steel blade has a reputation for holding an edge and even with the flatter bevel, it was incredible.  The slight change in profile allows me to put an absolutely hair splitting edge on the blade and I’m amazed it held up.  Without exaggeration, the knife came home as sharp as it left.

The second portion of the Fallkniven reviews covered the U2.  While I’ve used that knife around home for all kinds of chores, if I had to depend on it for my only ‘camp’ knife, I could do it without hesitation.  Again, Fallkniven hit a home run with the 3G Laminated steel blade.   The edge retention is terrific.

Fallkniven U2
Fallkniven U2

It didn’t get near the workout the Gentleman’s knife did, but the U2’s slimmer blade profile made for a great carving knife.  It wouldn’t take as deep a bite as the thicker blade but had plenty of ‘edge’ for some woodworking.   For heavier cutting the Gentleman’s Pocket knife was preferably but on most ordinary cutting projects we encounter on a day to day basis, the U2 is perfect.  One of the joys of the U2 is it’s light weight.  At just 1.4 oz you don’t know it’s even in a pocket.

The lock on both knives functioned absolutely flawlessly with no ‘slop’ in the lockup.  One of the dislikes I have for liner locks is crud can build up under the lock making it difficult to move the locking lever to close the blade.  With that wide open frame on the GPK, no problem clearing it.

Gentleman's Pocket Knife Open Frame
Gentleman’s Pocket Knife Open Frame

Another feature I appreciate on the GPK is the ability to tighten or loosen the pivot on the blade to your preference for a lighter or heavier pull.  I’ve loosened mine to the point I can easily open the blade with just the flick of my wrist.  There’s no movement laterally or horizontally in the blade even when loosened to that degree.  Try that trick with a traditional slip joint!

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With a choice of either the U2’s 3G Laminated blade or the superior Laminated Cobalt blade of the GPK, you can’t go wrong.  Ranging from $80+ to just under $200, this is a pair of the finest knives in this price range I’ve had the pleasure of using.  Quality of construction is superb.  Fit and finish is top notch.  Edge holding ability of both knives is fantastic.  The entire line is made up of some outstanding knives for the price.

Dave’s Fallkniven HK9Cx Review Continues

Last week I headed for the woods and Dave headed for the desert Mountains.  Both of us were anxious to put a couple of new Fallkniven knives through their paces.  Dave recently picked up one the Fallkniven HK9Cx knives with the Damascus Cowry x blades.   It’s unusual for someone to actually use a knife in this price range in the field, but it sure is refreshing to know someone appreciates a knife of this quality for exactly what it is.  One Fine Tool!

Thursday, August 28, 2014……………

“I just returned from my favorite camp a quarter mile above the old cavalry trail over Middle March Pass in the Dragoon Mountains.  I enjoyed three days and two nights of having the mountains all to myself thanks to the remote location of my little camp.  After using the Fallkniven HK9cx as my only knife I can now say absolutely that this is the best all around knife I have ever owned.  The more I use this knife the more I like and appreciate it.

Upon arriving in camp the first order of business was to find a Yucca plant with a good straight stalk to cut and trim for a walking stick, which was done.  A good supply of dry firewood was gathered and I spent the afternoon cutting fuzz sticks for morning and evening cook fires.  Although not necessary on this trip, sometimes during the wet season the only way to get dry kindling for fire starting is to split it to get to the dry inner wood, so just for an additional field test I used the HK9cx to split some kindling size sticks.  This was easily accomplished due to the convex grind of the blade and required little effort.

A major thunder storm arrived briefly on the second night, (it is monsoon season here), so I broke out the emergency blanket I usually pack along, some paracord, plus a variety of small stones, found some high ground with good drainage and rigged a shelter for the night, again using the HK9cx for the work.  Spent the night dry and comfortable with room for myself along with my pack and my dry morning firewood.

While I do not generally care for a guard on my sheath knives, the guard on the HK9cx is relatively small yet adequate for protection.  The guard did get in the way a bit for a few food prep chores but, when I consider the sharpness I can expect from this blade, I am thinking this minimal yet adequate little guard might not be such a bad feature on this knife after all.  The blade is deadly sharp out of the box and stayed that way throughout the entire camp with no attention on my part.  After using the knife for everything during the entire outing I have to say there was very little, if any, deterioration of the cutting edge and when I returned home it would still slice ribbons of bond paper with ease.  The Cowry X core steel in the laminated blade is truly amazing for edge retention.

The Fallkniven HK9cx probably got a bit more use than normal on this trip because I wanted to see just what it would do so I kept looking for stuff to cut.  As mentioned, the more I use this knife the better I like it.  A lot of thought and design went into creating the knife and I am especially impressed with the balance and feel of it in the hand.  It just has to be held and used to really appreciate it.  It does not appear to be a “show piece” but it is extremely well finished throughout and the real beauty of it lies in the way it feels and performs.  Fallkniven calls it “Luxury in Practice”, and I have to say, they are dead right.
This really is the best knife I have ever owned.

Now I will put my own edge on the blade, at 18 degrees per side, polished out to 6000 grit, and continue the adventure.  At 64 H-Rc I do not expect to experience any chipping or rolling of the Cowry X powdered steel edge, but I want to see for myself.
More to come………

Dave ”

Friday August 29, 2014……………………….

“I just wanted to share an update on the Fallkniven HK9cx knife.

I sharpened the blade at 18 degrees, polished to 6000 grit on my Edge Pro system, razor sharp.  I have been meaning to trim out some dead branches on one of my large bushes here that have been dead for some time so they are seasoned and very hard.  It was a job for a hatchet or saw, not a knife, but when I looked at it again this morning I thought, why not see what the HK9cx, Cowry X, is capable of?

The branches were extremely hard, as big around as my thumb, and there were six of them.  I forced the knife blade as far into the dry wood as I could using my full strength, then twisted and torqued the blade to be able to cut deeper, continuing this until each branch was cut through and removed.  This took all the effort I had and I knew I was abusing the blade with the twisting against the edge in a hard material but I wanted to see just what this treatment would do.

After I finished I cleaned up the blade and examined it under bright light.  The blade would still shave, and only showed very minor edge deformation in select areas where it was twisted forcefully, but no rolling of the edge anywhere.  In a very few areas where the blade received the most abuse there was some very minor chipping noticeable at the extreme edge.  Nothing serious, and as mentioned the blade was still shaving sharp.

A half dozen passes with the 600 grit stone on the Edge Pro system, again at 18 degrees per side, restored the edge to the blade, followed by the 1000 grit stone and polished out to 6000 grit which brought the blade to its razor edge that it had prior to cutting the dead branches.  Took all of about 15 minutes work total.  All of this demonstrated to me that, when the Cowry X blade is sharpened at an extremely low angle and then abused by forceful twisting in a hard material against the edge of the blade, the edge will deform very slightly but not roll.  Minor chipping can occur at those areas of extreme abuse, but this would not occur in normal use of the blade and it was easily removed in subsequent sharpening.

I feel that, under the circumstances, the Cowry X is an outstanding blade steel that holds up very well, even under extreme conditions.  It feels sharper to me than any blade steel I have, including the LamCoS, Cobalt steel which was my “go to” steel for sharpness before I got the HK9cx with the Cowry X.

Once again I have an enhanced appreciation for the HK9cx and the Cowry X blade steel.
This is truly the finest knife I have ever owned and I will continue to carry it and enjoy it in daily use.

Dave”

Fallkniven HK9 Cowry X Review

Not too long ago I mentioned a customer had purchased one of the Fallkniven HK9 Cowry X knives.  I made a point of mentioning it because not only is it at the upper range in price for a ‘production’ knife, but the Cowry X steel in a Damascus is something we don’t run across on a regular basis.  The information I found left me pretty impressed and curious whether it was really all it claimed to be and was the Fallkniven HK9 Cowry X really worth the money.  If you care to read my initial comments, here’s a link to that post:  Fallkniven HK9Cx Wow!

Our friend Dave from Knife Leather Traditions was the customer and he’s been gracious enough to allow me share some of his emails to me regarding his impression so far.  For those of you that have communicated with Dave by email, you know it’s always fun to ‘read him’ as he does a fantastic job putting his thoughts into words.  I’ve posted some of his emails with only a minimal amount of editing of some info that might be of a personal nature.  There will be additional installments, so to start it off , here  ya go and thanks for sharing Dave!!

Fallkniven HK9 Cx Damascus

Fallkniven HK9 CX
Fallkniven HK9 Cx Damascus

“………..it all started with a “Clean out and organize the garage” project early last month.
 
I spent a solid week going through every shelf and container, sorting, cleaning, organizing.  I had a trash pile, a keeper pile, and a take to the local swap meet pile.  At the end of the week the biggest pile went down to the local swap meet and I came home with $200 and pocket change, proving once again that anything will sell if it is priced cheap enough.
 
Then it was the guns and ammunition that I no longer use or “need”.  That cleaned out a ton of space and brought in a few more dollars I didn’t have previously. 
 
After that you tried out the Fallkniven U2, which reminded me of how much I enjoy the three Fallknivens you got for me and how superior they are to anything I had in knives.  I looked in the knife cabinet and decided I would really rather go with quality rather than quantity, and that was where the HK9cx came in as well as the U2……”

Two Days Later………

“It is here!!
I didn’t expect it until tomorrow so I never checked the mail until after afternoon.

This knife is so incredible, in so many ways, I don’t know where to begin.  I will try to put down my initial thoughts on it either later tonight or tomorrow, but all I can say right now is that it is even more than I expected.  This knife has to be taken in hand to be fully appreciated.  The balance and “feel” is amazing.
It would be a total shame not to use and enjoy such a knife, which I fully intend to do.

Even if one could not afford the HK9cx, the HK9 in 3g steel would be one heck of a working knife and a knife that would last a lifetime.  I will add more later but I just wanted to let you know it is here and I am more than impressed.”

Two HOURS later……

You are right.  I have been carrying it and handling it all evening and it just gets better.  I too am glad they did not try to make a $2.00 whore out of it with paint and pimping.  It is as it should be, an honest working knife for someone who appreciates such a thing.   There is so much to say about this knife I really don’t know where to begin.  The only sad thing is: why didn’t you and I have such a knife available when we were both in the hunting stage of our lives?  Wouldn’t it be fun to use it on game?  Even so, it is going to be one heck of an all around camp and trail knife.  I can’t wait to take it out.
 
When I first held this knife I was reminded of a favorite knife I got back in 1966 or so, just after I got out of the Army and was working on the old Milwaukee Road out of Montevideo, MN.  I got the knife from Eddie Bauer, back when Eddie Bauer sold real outdoor equipment and when you wanted “the best” you got out the Eddie Bauer catalog.  The best goose down parka I ever owned came from Eddie Bauer at the time.
 
Anyway, the knife was a part of a series made especially for Eddie Bauer by Gerber, again, back when Gerber was producing first class knives using some really good tool steels.  Al Mar was working at Gerber then, before he went on his own, and I used to correspond with Al, a gentleman of the first order and a really swell guy.  I always wanted to meet him but unfortunately never got the chance.  The knife had a 3/16″ thick blade, like the HK9, and also like the HK9 was ground to a fine working edge.  I don’t recall the blade steel but I do remember it was very hard, took and held a beautiful edge.  It was a substantial knife and made to be used.  Had a Stag handle and a butt cap.  Perhaps you remember the series.  The sheath was one of the best and well designed leather sheaths I have ever seen.  Just one heck of a knife.  I used that knife in the woods a lot and really enjoyed it.  For one reason or another I let it go and I always wished I had it back.  The HK9 reminds me of that favorite knife and brings back a lot of good memories.
 
This is just one very incredible knife!!  I don’t know what else to say………… 
Did you happen to notice that you can see the strip of Cowry X steel sandwiched in the center of the blade along the spine and tang?  It is quite thin but adequate for the edge, pretty much no matter how you sharpen it.  Interesting to be able to see it.  And as you know, it is shaving sharp right out of the box!”

Two Days Later…..

I am impressed with the sheath.  Probably the first thing I tend to look at in a sheath knife.
Very well made for a “factory” sheath.  Good quality, heavy leather, well designed, and the knife locks in solid with no danger of falling out.  I find it very serviceable and I am not intending on replacing it.  I just finished sealing and burnishing the raw edges and will put my usual wax finish on it, but other than proper hand stitching I could not improve on it too much.  For me that is saying a lot.  I am very pleased with this sheath.

At first I thought the knife was “heavy”, but in use and practice it is not.  Instead it is very well balanced so that only wrist action, combined with the natural balance and weight of the knife, does the work with a minimum of additional effort.  The knife practically works by itself so to speak.  A lot of thought and design went into it no doubt.

I tend to choke up on my sheath knives when slicing or fine cutting, laying my thumb and forefinger on either side of the blade just ahead of the guard, as in holding a chef knife.  This puts the end of the handle on the HK9 right up against the heel of my hand, just where it should be.  Therefore, the handle is correct, even for my size large hands.  The knife just seems to lay naturally in the hand and seems comfortable in any position held.  An extension of my hand rather than a separate object.  Pretty impressive really.

I am having a lot of fun with this…………..”

I have no doubt we’ll hear again from Dave.  I’m particularly interested to hear what he has to say about the quality of the blade steel once he gets a chance to really use the knife in the field.  The Fallkniven HK9 Cowry X has a great reputation but it’s always good to get some feedback from someone you know and trust with first hand experience.  Thanks again Dave!