Fallkniven F1 Pilot Survival Knife Review

by Knife Expert on September 24, 2013

One of the best outdoor survival knives that I’ve ever used is the Fallkniven F1 Pilot Survival Knife that’s extremely easy to sharpen and holds one of the sharpest edges that I’ve seen in almost all types of knives. An interesting trivia to note is that even the Swiss Air Force has been using the Fallkniven F1 Pilot since 1995 and it’s now become their official tough situation survival knife!

With an overall length of 8.3”, the blade measures approximately 3.8” and weighs about 8 ounces. Don’t be confused by weight though, this one sure packs a punch thanks to the 59 HRC hardness rating. I personally love the F1 black leather sheath that comes along with the knife and have found it to be extremely durable.

Fallkniven F1 Pilot Survival Knife Review

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You’ll love this knife if you like hunting and skinning because I’ve used this for dressing out rabbit and deer and the blade holds up really well. I go along on a lot of camping trips and have often seen other fellow campers use the F1 Fallkniven for cutting kindling wood. No wonder then that this beauty is so highly rated by fellow survivalists and knife aficionados.

Thanks to the laminated VG10 steel that’s used to manufacture this knife, the blade performs well in a number of scenarios. Not only does its handy size lend itself naturally to demanding tasks, the great thing that I like about the F1 is that it’s extremely easy to sharpen and clean. I’ve used this in all types of weather situations (mostly wet ones though) and believe me, even after all these years, the blade is free from both corrosion and rust.

This pilot survival is a fixed blade survival knife (not a partial tang) and it comes with a choice of 2 different kinds of sheaths: The Zytel or F1 black leather. Made of injection molded Zytel, this sheath is durable. Manufactured of high quality Zytel, the double safety, one-handed style also comes in a left-handed model. The F1 CeraCoat 8H F1 black leather sheath is also a favorite. The sheath covers the entire knife and is also available for left-handed users.

With an easy rubberized grip, the Thermorun handle is the perfect size when camping, fishing, hunting, and wood. It doesn’t matter if you have large or small hands because you’ll love the nice grippy handle and I think it’s safe to say that this knife is jack of all trades and yet, masters them all.

Fallkniven F1 Pilot Survival Knife

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The only part where I was not so happy with the Fallkniven Pilot was that I found the placement of the lanyard hole in the handle quite questionable. Personally, I found it placed too low and is easily obscured by the hand. Other than this minor hiccup, the F1 Pilot performs admirably well and is just the perfect size and weight, not to mention, great edge retention as well.

The best part about the Fallkniven F1 Pilot survival knife is that it’s very economically priced and at the current deal on Amazon, you can get this at a great discounted price. To sum up this detailed F1 Fallkniven review, I’d say go for it if you want a no-fuss and extremely effective survival knife. The knife has a good rubberized grip that’s comfortable to hold and the blade is super sharp. You’ll also love the black Zytel sheath that comes along with it and no wonder then that the Fallkniven F1 Pilot survival knife has received rave reviews from all types of users.


Polimor November 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm

In the video you said that there are other better knifes for the money.
Also Stainles steel knifes?.
can you name them?.
And what characteristics did you mean with better?.

Arne Anonym January 7, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Reason it’s called “Pilot” is that the F1 was designed as part of the survival-kit of the Swedish JAS Gripen system (which will be exported to Switzerland and Brazil).
Fällkniven AB (‘ä’ being pronounced like ‘ai’ in ‘air’ and the ‘k’ fully audible) is the Swedish word for ‘the Foldingknife Ltd’ and is located in the town of Boden, Sweden.

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