Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven PC Folding Knife

Let’s cut to the chase. The point of an everyday carry (EDC) knife is to always have a sharp blade just a pocket awaybest pocket survival knife (sorry for the triple pun).  And with apologies to restrictive jurisdictions, the choice of an EDC knife is wide open and up the the carrier.  For me, I am an unabashed Benchmade user.  I have a dozen different No products found., and every morning I savor the choice of what blade will ride with me matching my edge to my calendar.  But I’ll be the first to admit that I need to get out more.

Beyond Benchmade

Not partying on the town, but enriching my carry options to better understand the the intersection of knife, Best Survival Pocket Knifelifestyle and cutting job. For starters, let me put a finer point on my Benchmade preference by saying that in particular Axis Lock drop point knives really tickle my fancy with prejudice towards those knives that contain artistic elements that prove that No products found. loves me and wants me to be happy. Sadly, Benchmade has it limits and there are other outstanding knife makers in the world that I need to spend more time with.

“Fallkniven” Means Folding Knife

As I stared at open the Fallkniven PC folding knife in my hand, the first thing I noticed is that it required using a pinch grip or the fingernail groove to open it. Wow. I had not carried a knife that that in years. It was Spyderco that opened my world to something other than nail grooves and thumb studs. The so-called Spyderhole was revolutionary and I carried a Police model, a Delica and a Rescue for years, with a Ladybug and Assist for special occasions. I drooled over any of the pricy Spyderco designs and carried some of them more as pocket art than for their cutting talents since I considered their steel often robust but still pedestrian. But while the Spydercos still required a blade deployment not to far evolved from a thumb stud, which in turn was still in earshot of a fingernail grove, the Benchmade Axis deployment, especially their assist and partial assist won me over. And until now, I’ve never looked back.

Also Read: Fallkniven F1 Review

I quickly warmed the dual-sided nail notches, and realize that my prejudice towards that type of blade deployment was due to a childhood of chipping fingernails on Swiss Army and Buck knives. And don’t get me started on that Swiss Army knife awl!  But no pocket clip? I could see that the Fallkniven PC was going to be a challenge to my personal paradigm, but I was going to pack the PC everywhere and find out more.

KNIFE DETAILS
  • The traditional liner lock of spring steel
  • The black fiberglass reinforced Grilon scales are secured with two T5 Torx bolts in addition the pivot bolt
  • Made in Sweden
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Is That A Scalpel In Your Pocket?

Now that I am many months into carrying the Fallkniven PC, I realize that I may have overlooked some things. It’sbest fallkniven pocket knife a tall order to outperform 154CM or S30V alloys. Super steels are, well, super. But just as the super steels raised the bar more than just a notch or two over the 440 stainless series of irons, Fallkniven’s Cobalt superduper steel has lifted the bar yet again forcing me to reassess my evaluation methods. Imagine using your knife everyday, yet only needing to sharpen it once year or so. Sure that might be a stretch, but the simple fact of considering that possibility required me to rethink my EDC principles since I can noticeably dull a 154CM edge in a single outing.

As I type this I am packing a No products found. as well as the Fallkniven PC. For those uninitiated in the Benchmade nomenclature, the 300 is their first attempt at a flipper. It has a wide but slightly short full-bellied clip point 154CM satin blade with scales graced with three finger grooves of sandstone-colored and textured G10 including the index finger depression supplemented by the flipper trigger. To me the knife has hints of Native American style steeped in early Americana. The layered G10 is exposed like sedimentary rock stratification common to the Grand Canyon or the Morrison Formation in Utah where I love to experience the hostile desert surrounded by dinosaur bones. Yes, the 300 is thick and heavy and expensive and marginally a flipper, but like the Macbook Air I am typing this on, I love using it. So much so that I literally seek out uses to launch it into action.

Superman Is Made Of Cobalt Steel

Fallkniven literally means folding knife, and the PC is Fallkniven’s second version of its P-series folder. Anyone best pocket folding knifenew to the PC folder is understandably stunned into silence by sticker shock. Yet anyone familiar to Fallkniven would be surprised by the low cost of this ubersteel folder with it’s street price barely topping a single Benji. Like Apple Computer, Fallkniven is not interested in the mass market appeal of low prices. Fallkniven is interested in the highest quality, most technically advanced steel blade available on earth. In hindsight, the PC is quite affordable and has a street price much less than most Benchmade Blue Class knives (which are their working “blue collar” blades, not their fancy Gold or tactical Black classes).

Also Read: Parry Blade Hunter Review

Many knives come out of the box “shaving sharp’” but Fallkniven PC arrive “scary sharp.” It was more like a surgeon’s scalpel than a pocketknife. Which the more I think about it, is a good thing. A really good thing. Where the problem lies is that many other knives simply cannot hold such a sharp edge, while the rest simply don’t want to put the time or risk into taking their edge to razor sharpness. Literally, with the Fallkniven PC we are talking the molecular metal limit of sharp steel here. The theoretically maximum knife blade sharpness possible by ferrous metal alloys! To get any sharper, you need smaller molecules.

KNIFE DETAILS
  • The traditional liner lock of spring steel
  • The black fiberglass reinforced Grilon scales are secured with two T5 Torx bolts in addition the pivot bolt
  • Made in Sweden
Check Price on
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Comparables

My Benchmade Mini-Griptilian is a select version with S30V supersteel. I’ve got a lot of miles on it and it performssurvival knife wonderfully. But head-to-head with the Fallkniven PC, the S30V blade loses a few tenths of a percent of sharpness well before the PC’s cobalt steel does. But of course, sharpness is only one half of the equation; edge retention is just as important. If retaining a razor edge was easy, we wouldn’t be clogging our landfills with disposable razor blades. To kick a dead pun, razor-sharp is barely a comfort when you know it’s a short-term phenomenon.

Although the Benchmade is much faster to deploy through its Axis lock release or thumb stud flick, once both blades are ready for action, the Fallkniven PC is a noticeably more precision instrument. Not that the Griptilian is blunt by any stretch of the imagination, it’s that the PC is more like a tool of surgery and the Benchmade is a little more like a crowbar. Just kidding. The BM mini’s blade is fairly traditional for a folding knife. On the other hand, the PC looks traditional, but cuts far beyond its apparent pay grade.

Related: Sypderco Bushcraft Knife

The PC’s scales do have one flaw I’ve noticed. If you pack the parallel lines embedded within the scales with cheese, it is hard to remove. And frankly, this happened more times than I care to admit since I too was surprised at how much cheese cutting I do in the wilderness.

The Nuts and Torx

The locking mechanism of the Fallkniven PC is a traditional liner lock of spring steel. The knife would probably survival shtfhave to break for the lock to fail. The teflon-bearing blade pivot his held in place by a T10 Torx screw making the deployment tension adjustable, and easy to keep the scales snug against the blade.  The five-bolt stainless steel blade housing is skeletonized allowing for easy cleaning and drying; something very important for a knife that lives among pocket lint. And the black fiberglass reinforced Grilon scales are secured with two T5 Torx bolts in addition the pivot bolt.

As to the lack of a pocket clip, I grew used to the Fallkniven PC in my pocket. If it migrated horizontal, I would simply run my finger along the outer fabric of my pants and return the PC a vertical position snug against the right hand seam of the pocket. With narrow side down, it would generally remain there. And either way, the 2.3 ounces (66 grams) was hardly going to make a pocket dent no matter which way it rides.

At the end of the day, the Fallkniven PC is an exceptional yet simple knife. It rivals my Benchmade 470 in size and look, but the PC costs only half to two thirds as much, has arguably better steel, fewer moving parts, and a stately grace about it that just makes you want to carry it. But If I had to ask for more, it would be for handle colors other than black. Orange perhaps? Seems Fallkniven already heard my suggestion. Before this article even published Fallkniven released PCs with grips in orange, blue, red, military green, with gold highlights, oh, and black.

So before you jump on the tactical train with your EDC blades, give some thought to the grand tradition of high performance in an understated package. There’s some serious blade happiness with the Fallkniven PC.

KNIFE DETAILS
  • The traditional liner lock of spring steel
  • The black fiberglass reinforced Grilon scales are secured with two T5 Torx bolts in addition the pivot bolt
  • Made in Sweden
Check Price on
Amazon.com

All photos by Doc Montana



Doc Montana
Written by Doc Montana

Doc honed his survival skills through professional courses, training, and plenty of real-world situations, both intentional and not. Doc lives to mountaineer, rock climb, trail run, hunt, race mountain bikes, ski, hunt, and fish. Doc Montana holds PhD’s in both Science Education and Computer Science and currently teaches at a University in the northern United States. Read his full interview here. Read more of Doc's articles.

8 thoughts on “Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven PC Folding Knife”

  1. Albeit a fine knife I require a longer blade and no matter how sharp I will never go back to 2 hand opening knives.

    In Texas we can carry 5 1/2 inch bladed knife and I sure do not see going to a lesser length blade.
    I am looking to replace my SOG flash II as it is only for cutting open packages and plastic clamshell packs.
    I use a pocket knife for skinning and too sharp I at least have trouble piercing the hide on small thin skinned animals.
    As of now I use a Zwillings / J.A. Henkels 2 blade Barlow pattern for skinning or a paring knife from them.
    should I need to use a knife for self defense the longer but legal maximum length as I can get.
    and I like a partial serrated edge some materials are not impressed with sharpness.
    Sadly today the also use Japanese suppliers for some blades.

    Your insight as to how firmly it holds in pocket left me a bit off on that point as the additional 2 handed opening.
    the third drawback is the length the final and death knell is the price, for a diminutive piece.

    I look forward to the day I can carry whatever length blade or other defense I chose and as I like to carry it.
    As seen in Las Vegas a vehicle was used if people decide to do harm no law can stop them it only stops legal people from defending themselves and not stopping people like that.

    Fallkniven is a great knife no doubt but they have priced them to a point where I just as well buy a firearm or a pair of EMT shears and a handful of throw down knives.
    The fact some are made in Japan (maybe all) again leaves me cold all the advertisement coerces you to think it is a Swedish made item IT IS NOT. it is made in Japan tested in Sweden sheaths made in Europe or the U.S. and I am thinking we make the ballistic nylon and those are probably outsourced.
    This is from Peter Hjortberger founder of Fallkniven from 2009 as far as I can or will bother researching.

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  2. Hi JCMS,

    Thanks for reading. Seems Fallkniven agrees with you and will soon offer the PC with a thumb stud for one hand opening.

    As far as the specific geographic area of the knife's manufacture, that is both open to interpretation and preference. Some of the best and most experienced steel alloyists on the planet are in Japan so Fallkniven contracting them makes perfect sense. ButI certainly understand the desire to keep all manufacturing in-house. In reality, however, most products have parts speced out to other manufacturers. With knifes, examples would be the raw steel, the handle or grip materials, the screws, springs and levers. And in many cases, master craftsmen from other countries are brought in to head up production lines.

    In fact, I cannot think of a single non-custom product that is made 100% in-house. Just to degrees of manufacture. Anyone else know of one?

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  3. I'm glad that Doc Montana likes the knife. I am one of those people who would be tempted to argue that one can never have too many knives. However, while I normally do carry folding knives on me, I always make sure that at least one of them is a knife I can open with one hand. The knives I normally carry are the Swiss Army equivalent of the Leatherman tool and a Cold Steel Triple Action Tanto Point folder. They each ride in separate pouches on my belt.

    The way the Washington State concealed carry laws work, the carry permit only applies to pistols and does not cover carrying edged weapons concealed. While I don't think that matters for the two folders that I carry, trying to carry a more serious edged weapon concealed would be a no no. So I pack my .45 along.

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  4. For EDC I still carry my Ontario folding spec-plus marine knife (1095 steel) in the belt sheath, have for 20+ years, never let me down! But for the last couple of years, I have also carried a basic razor/utility knife because I've grown less fond of sharpening knives, and the blades available are common place, many varieties (I especially like the 'new' serrated edge blades, for cutting cardboard or rope), and cheap enough to replace (and toss away) though in a SHTF situation, they can be resharpened! For self-defense, the Ontario (3 1/2" blade) comes out (or my GP100), but for most everyday tasks, the razor/utility knife works well and is quite convenient! Though I have Many knives (every one should), the pricier ones stay in the gun safe since backups for the utility knife are easy to find and no sticker shock! Good Luck and Happy Prepping! (GLAHP!)

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  5. Thanks for the read guys. A couple quick updates…

    Fallkniven will soon be offering the PC with a pocket clip as well as a thumb stud for one-handed deployment. Also they will be using their super-duper cobalt steel in a new line of pro-level survival knives. Having used both their VG-laminated steels and the cobalt steel in this PC, I'm thrilled there will be yet another high end option in the Fallkniven survival knife space. Stay tuned for more on that.

    And on the other end of the spectrum, Fallkniven will use their cobalt steel in some super-basic non-locking near-featureless folders designed for EDC in restrictive environments. Hope to put one of those through the paces when I can find one for sale.

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    • I hope they come out with a spring assisted in a longer blade market a Texas model it is not like many people elsewhere would not buy them.

      I see people buying Bowie knifes like they are going out of style and I know of nowhere they are legal to carry except maybe hunting.

      I can never quite understand the mindset of marketers.
      OK I'll say it knife makers need to make a 5 1/4 inch blade spring assisted partially serrated clip point pocket knife.
      If it came with a pommel that was a spinner from a Phillips head to a straight blade screw driver with a pocket clip and that would be a KNIFE.
      I really like the cobalt idea I have not tried one so I have yet to experience how they hold up.
      but the right length and design I would opt for one.

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      • The largest folder I've ever carried for review is the Benchmade Adamas ( https://survivalcache.com/survival-gear-review-ben… ) at 7.7 ounces and a 3.8 inch blade. I co-reviewed it's brother, the Adamas fixed blade knife.

        If you what a 5+ inch blade on a folder, then you need a 5+ inch handle (more likely about 6 inches) meaning you now have a foot-long knife in hand when the blade is deployed. Add to that the necessary girth and thickness for a blade that large, plus the axel, lock, and handle hardware necessary to keep it real, you're looking at well over a pound in/on your pocket. The Adamas folder is available in a spring assist, but it's not anything close to inexpensive.

        And not to mention that a beast of a folder would be pretty much illegal in most jurisdictions.

        Adding tools to it would be pretty cool, but near useless unless the driver blades extended far enough from the huge handle to access screw heads. And that would make it even heavier, larger, and more expensive.

        But I'd certainly be willing to give the knife a go, for review's sake of course.

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      • One of the vagaries of Washington State law is that while I could not legally carry my favorite large Bowie knives concealed, I can legally carry them openly if I so choose. Normally I choose not to carry them openly when I am out and about in town as I think that tends to attract unnecessary attention. I simply have one of them that lives in my bug out bag. However, the flip side is that if I were wearing one of the large Bowie knives openly, people might be less likely to think I was packing a concealed pistol. 🙂

        While this runs counter to what most people might think, I usually wear one of the Bowies when I am simply hanging out in my apartment. The reasoning for this is that I live in a cheap apartment in a relatively bad neighborhood. The apartment is on the third floor of my apartment building and has only one door. The door has neither a peephole nor a chain. Not that I would necessarily trust either one of those devices, but they're nice to have. Thus I can never be sure just who I am opening my apartment door to until I actually open the door. If it turns out that I have opened the door to somebody with bad intentions, then the situation needs to get dealt with right then and there. I have no decent fallback position once the door is open. Engagement range at and near the door would be less than 6 feet.

        If I were carrying my pistol, then anybody who saw me open the door would know that I have a pistol. That is information that I do not want to be common knowledge among my fellow apartment dwellers, to say nothing of the community at large. I could carry the pistol concealed, but then that would slow down the draw speed in a situation where I would need instantaneous access to my weapon. Furthermore, if I were to draw the pistol in the sort of situation that would be presented by somebody trying to rapidly force their way through the door there's an excellent chance it would result in a grapple for the gun.

        However, this sort of thing is potentially standard fare for a large knife. Using the knife, the same motion can be both a defense and an offense (stop cut or thrust to an opponent's weapon hand). There's also another thing that people overlook. If I were to shoot somebody in my doorway with my .45, that would make a serious mess. Then the police would cheerfully seize my pistol as evidence and hold it for God knows how long while they did their investigation. However, the larger the knife, the more pain you can inflict by hitting somebody with the *flat* of the blade. Thus, there is an extent to which a large enough Bowie effectively has a "stun" setting. And if I need lethal force I simply have to hold the blade a little differently to strike with an edge or the point. Finally, if the police feel the need to seize the Bowie as evidence while they investigate, I have a relatively large selection of other big blades to choose from and so have not lost any of my defensive capabilities.

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