Fallkniven S1X blade shape & Sharpness
It’s a drop point blade, with blade thickness of 0.24” inches. The width of the blade is Okie, It’s not very wide nor short for most batoning tasks i.e. 1.25”. Overall, blade length is 5”1/4 quarters or 5.125” making it normal sized survival knife.
You must know that every survival knife shall not mean a long bowie knife or a machete, Survival knives are general purpose all terrain knives, a tool you can use to do most of the tasks, that’s why Drop Point blade are always seen on survival knives because of their belly.
Fallkniven S1x blade has been given CONVEX grind instead of flat belt grind typically given to most survival knives but they are made with HC420 steel most of the time, where their sharpness gets dull quite often and they are easier to sharpen.
Furthermore, convex grind stays longer, is difficult to have the convex sharp edge as it consumes more time, but spending a fortune on such any survival knife then one must have premium and as you know, Convex edges or grinds are always premium
But, Sandi grind abbreviation Scandinavian grind popular for mostly hunting, bush craft and outdoor knives. Therefore once in wild, we use wood and I’m happy with the grind, because once you use it, then you know the material of blade and the grind given are optimal.
I make wood shavings and with Ferro rod, lighting a fire is no issue.
Well, convex grind as mentioned earlier is hard to sharpen and for that, you require high grade wet silicon carbide and diamond coated dry stand paper with semi hard surface which can create by putting some soft foam underneath. But, you cannot sharpen you knife when in the field unless you have all the equipment. Also note that DLC coating has nothing to do with sharpness of the blade, it’s more protective for the entire blade. It just took me 10 mins to razor sharp it after batoning.
One more thing, if you are looking for razor sharp survival knife, then do not good for Fallkniven S1X. Because, straight from factory brand new is not razor sharp and doesn’t cut paper like butter as well. Reason: its survival knife made for more rugged jobs not for EDC jobs of pocket knives where you need extreme sharpness and all. Given, it’s my experience and I felt like sharing here under sharpness section of this knife so I’m mentioning it.