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.
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.
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.
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.