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Review: The Fallkniven WM1 might be your favorite EDC knife

Review: The Fallkniven WM1 might be your favorite EDC knife

Really, what do you need in an everyday carry knife?

by Leon Pantenburg

I was not paid to do this review. KnivesShipFree.com is a SurvivalCommonSense sponsor, but did not supply the WM1 used in this post.

Fallkniven has a sterling reputation for quality cutlery, and the WM1 Sporting Knife upholds that tradition. A smallish fixed blade knife, the WM1 is compact enough to take everywhere, but large enough handle many big knife tasks.

And while we can debate all day about specialty knives, such as what makes the best survival, filleting, hunting, fishing, folder etc., the every day carry knife is harder to define.

My EDC varies with my mood, what I feel like taking along, and what I anticipate doing that day. But generally,  it must function in two very different worlds.

The Fallkniven WM1 is a well-designed knife suitable for every day carry in most situations.

The Fallkniven WM1 is a well-designed knife, suitable for every day carry in most situations.

In my day job at a local community college, the EDC must cut the bands on bundles of newspapers, open mail, slice bagels, spread cream cheese and other tasks us cubicle-bound office workers may have.

My other world is the outdoors, with frequent forays into nearby wilderness areas. In the woods, an EDC may be required to do everything from whittling to cleaning a fish or field dressing a deer.

The WM1 fits well in either environment.

Here are the specs:

Overall length: 6.9 inches

Blade length: 2.75 inches

Blade thickness: .14 inches

Weight: 2.5 ounces

Sheath: injection molded zytel.

The WM1 went to work immediately in the kitchen, and it worked fine. The blade is too short to make a good slicer, but the .14-inch thickness meant it could cut vegetables and dice onions fairly well.

But around a campfire, the WM1 proved to be really useful. I used it to carve my first wooden spoon, and the ergonomic handle was very comfortable in my hand. The handle also worked well for people with smaller hands.

I liked:

The convex-ground blade provides a really strong blade profile, while giving a sharp edge. Convex is my favorite type of grind anyway, and this was another plus for the knife.

Blade length: At 2.75 inches, some people might think this blade is a trifle small. But I marked the small blade on my Swiss Army Knife Tinker and over a weeklong period, and recorded where I used it the most. The 1-1/2-inch blade handled everything very well.

Two favorites: The L.T. Wright Next Gen and WM1 are both workhorses.

Two favorite EDCs: The L.T. Wright Next Gen and WM1 are both workhorses.

And check out prehistoric stone knives in museums – the mammoth hunters skinned many of those beasts with blades under two inches long. Best overall hunting knife choice, IMO, is four inches. But I prefer a four-to-five inch blade in an overall bushcraft knife. For EDC, the WM1’s blade is entirely adequate.

The comfortable handle gives a good secure grip even in wet or cold hands and enables full control of the edge positioning. The knife is also hygienic, as it is easy to clean.

Full length tang: The powerful blade runs through the handle at full width. That makes for a really, really tough knife. I’m betting this knife is practically indestructible.

The rust-resistant VG10 steel is put through an extensive and very advanced tempering process, partly to achieve high strength, partly for added edge retention, according to the Fallkniven website, qualities that make our knives much sought-after.

Point: There are few point configurations that are more useful than a drop point like the WM1 has. A drop point has my  vote in the do-it-all competition.

Spine: The edge opposite sharpened edge is often ignored or forgotten. The WM1 spine is ground at a 90-degree angle, like and ice skate. This means it can be used to scrape a ferro rod, or process tinder for firemaking.

Zytel sheath:  The injection molded zytel sheath offers a neat safe and strong combination of qualities which should be very attractive to any user. You can hang it around your neck or add it to your belt. The locking mechanism in the sheath will safely store the knife till you need it, then it is easy to use one-handed.

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Leon Pantenburg is a wilderness enthusiast, and doesn't claim to be a survival expert or expertise as a survivalist. As a newspaperman and journalist for three decades, covering search and rescue, sheriff's departments, floods, forest fires and other natural disasters and outdoor emergencies, Leon learned many people died unnecessarily or escaped miraculously from outdoor emergency situations when simple, common sense might have changed the outcome. Leon now teaches common sense techniques to the average person in order to avert potential disasters. His emphasis is on tried and tested, simple techniques of wilderness survival. Every technique, piece of equipment or skill recommended on this website has been thoroughly tested and researched. After graduating from Iowa State University, Leon completed a six-month, 2,552-mile solo Mississippi River canoe trip from the headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minn., to the Gulf of Mexico. His wilderness backpacking experience includes extended solos through Yellowstone’s backcountry; hiking the John Muir Trail in California, and numerous shorter trips along the Pacific Crest Trail. Other mountain backpacking trips include hikes through the Uintas in Utah; the Beartooths in Montana; the Sawtooths in Idaho; the Pryors, the Wind River Range, Tetons and Bighorns in Wyoming; Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, the Catskills in New York and Death Valley National Monument in southern California. Some of Leon's canoe trips include sojourns through the Okefenokee Swamp and National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, the Big Black River swamp in Mississippi and the Boundary Waters canoe area in northern Minnesota and numerous small river trips in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. Leon is also an avid fisherman and an elk, deer, upland game and waterfowl hunter. Since 1991, Leon has been an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 18 in Bend, and is a scoutmaster wilderness skills trainer for the Boy Scouts’ Fremont District. Leon earned a second degree black belt in Taekwondo, and competed in his last tournament (sparring and form) at age 49. He is an enthusiastic Bluegrass mandolin picker and fiddler and two-time finalist in the International Dutch Oven Society’s World Championships.

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