American Bushman

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

New Fallknivens: F2, F3, and F4

In recent weeks I've managed to build my collection of Fallkniven F-series knives. Yeah, there's a whole SERIES of knives. There's the F1 which I've written about at length and then there's the F2 fishing knife and the F3 and F4 butcher/kitchen knives. The F2 is the same thickness as the F1 (4mm) with a fillet knife profile and slightly longer blade.

This knife (the F2) is much more robust than a standard fillet knife and the thicker blade stock loses the flexibility common in most cheap fillets. I'll admit that I haven't used this one much yet as it went straight in the mail to MBHanzo for a kydex sheath as it'll get used in wet environments more often (I hope.)

The F3 and F4 are of thinner 2.5 mm stock with longer blades are are much more suited to butcher work or filleting larger fish. The F3 is the butcher and the F4 is the long thin fillet. The F3 was used exclusively last night to prep dinner and it worked just fine. The laminated VG-10 steel easily held up under the strain of slicing chicken thighs and quartering shitake mushrooms.

These two knives (F3 and F4) are more likely going to be sharpened with a diamond or ceramic steel than with a stone because of the curves in the edges. I'll let you know how that goes once I have to touch up the edges.

The reason they're all F-series knives is because all of them (F1, F2, F3, and F4) use the same handle. If you find the handle of the F1 comfortable then you'll very likely find the rest of these knives comfortable. The F3 and F4 must have a slightly thicker handle to accommodate the thinner handle stock but that thickness is added to the inside as the overall thickness is the same as the F1 and F2.

Jake's got a fishing tournament coming up in 9 days and maybe we'll have an opportunity to give the F4 a test.

Thanks for reading,



At 10:13 AM, Blogger Chris said...

How about a review on the American Bushman custom F1??? The larger fillet looks pretty interesting. Any chance of getting a spine shot?


At 2:34 PM, Blogger American Bushman said...

It's coming. I'm doing a side by side with the standard profile custom F1.

Here is a spine shot of the F1 and the F4 together.




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