Fallkniven NL5cxL Damascus Fixed Blade Knife
Fallkniven NL5cxL Damascus Fixed Blade Knife
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Handmade with impressive strength and a sure grip, the NL5cxL fixed blade from Fallkniven is a heavy-duty companion unlike any other. Its blade is made from Cowry X Damascus Steel—one of the world’s finest edge steels, with the Cowry composition achieving a hardness of 64 HRC Read More

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Axeguy
1335
Sep 29, 2020
Hard pass. Cowry-X Hattori kitchen knife behind glass as an investment-only piece...maaaaaybe(?) I have a small Rockstead fixed blade with a crazy-sharp and crazy-perfect mirror finish blade in ZDP-189. That's as far as I go. My blade clocks in at 67.9 HRC and their convex edge just won't chip. I had to have something of that breed. Small enough that I had to wrap it to be able to hold/use it. [And isn't using it kind of the point?] I have never, ever before had a knife that would just 'glide' through a telephone book with only modest pressure. Fallknivens have a brilliant convex edge but most are too damned thick to actually cut with precision and ease. Lifetime regrinds and polishing are also nice features to have at these prices. Price on the small fixed blades are around this drop's price but the Rockstead approach embodies the best way to deliver high HRC with a sublime finish and the ultimate in cutting performance. PS. It's overall form is NOT enhanced by my wrap, however, my brutish hands don't exist in Japan—except in nightmares... Cheers!
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PPS. The 'menuki' honours by fallen Canuck brothers. (No women in combat before I left service...) I get to remember them when it cuts into my hand during light 'crafting of bushes' ;) PPPS. It's the only knife I own that tells me—in its mirror finish—that my COVID beard has gone too far for polite society.
zipsurf
20
Sep 19, 2020
Gosh dang that price! Ugh I was really hoping for at least $800. For that amount you could be lucky to score a rare Microtech Nemesis. I love love love the regular NL5. It's such a comfortable knife that looks fantastic, sharpens easily, great size and shape, and feels rich and enjoyable to carry. The sheath is super too. The regular NL5 is such a pleasure to use and hold in hand. Thus had me aching over this NL5CXL damascus version. It could be the absolute perfect smaller-med (depending on how you look at it) fixed blade. But the price though....come on Fallkniven! Judging by the comments everyone pretty much agrees too. Take for example a CRK Sebenza and then go to a CRK Sebenza in damascus. Retail new, the prices aren't even double! Even doubling the price of a standard NL5 and then adding some on top you are looking at around $700. That's much more reasonable. To offer this knife at nearly double that estimate is insane. Yes the damascus steel might be more rare and costly but THAT much more costly?!? Anyone have info on what this steel can go for? My heart's been aching on this to own but reality kicks one in the head when you compare what you could get for the same money. You could basically get a new NL5, a F1 Pilot, and an SK2 and likely have some change to spare. It's too bad Fallkniven priced these NL5CXL's so unreasonably high the normal/average Fallkniven buyer that sees these knives as tools can't afford to justify. May the knife gods listen to the people.
Jakob
223
Sep 15, 2020
Gorgeous knife. But I just not into buying safe Queen's and could not justify something that is no better performing than other high end knives. Thought I went crazy paying $500 for my Gough Resolute. Frankly, even with the materials used and workmanship, I just do not see that price justified. The previous generation Fallkniven on sale here were a value, not this.
Andoo
20
Sep 14, 2020
My god that's mozgov money. I could have a rockstead for that.
NewHass
92
Sep 14, 2020
Say, can anyone tell me what the difference is in the Cowry X steel that makes it $1000 more expensive than most other good quality knives with this general form and function? Or is it a $900 Fallkniven brand name tax again? Because it'd damn well better be invulnerable and cut like a laser for the price. 64 HRC means nothing if it's not significantly better at cutting or being sharpened again.
LX_Emergency
204
Sep 14, 2020
I've owned a knife in that steel....while quite rare and very good. It's really not better than say...M390 or ZDP-189. Offcourse some people are just fallkniven fanboys and in such a case I can understand them wanting this. To me it wouldn't be worth it. (And you better believe you're paying a premium on top of what that steel actually cost to put in to that knife.)
reswright
2962
Sep 14, 2020
I mean, it's good stuff, and it's very expensive to process, but I think you can answer your own question on this one and by the sound of it you already have.
reswright
2962
Sep 14, 2020
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PT Barnum said there was two such people born a minute. They have six days to find one that has $1200 for a knife. I will admit to being morbidly curious.
SDeGiulio
0
Sep 13, 2020
About the knife, is it just the edge that is convex, or the whole blade, like Bark River knives? Thanks
Jakob
223
Sep 15, 2020
Like Bark River, a full flat single grind convexed to the edge. At least this is how my small Fallkniven is ground.
SDeGiulio
0
Sep 15, 2020
Thanks, that's what it looks like in the photo, but photo's can be decieving!
method_burger
474
Sep 13, 2020
well... its not april 1st, this is the second day and there is no price change... apparently this is actually 1200$?!?!
reswright
2962
Sep 15, 2020
lol, take your time. This isn't a race nor is it something really important to contend.
reswright
2962
Sep 15, 2020
Vanax SuperClean is a nitrogen steel. And as the following molar mass analysis chart will tell you, it's a little different from the other better known N enriched steels.
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As you can see the two major differences between it and the other common nitrogen knife steels on the market is 1) it has more vanadium (about as much as M390, M4, Elmax and and S30V) to give it fine grain, hard carbides and wear resistance compared to the other listed N enriched steels, and 2) it also has a hellapile more N in it than most of the other nitrogen steels. Nitride chemistry is pretty cool in that it can make a semistainless steel act stainless while also replacing carbides, and it's a lot less well understood than carbide chemistry in the knife world simply because until recently it's been limited to being a surface level treatment of the steel. My guess is Bohler Uddeholm is finding a way to nitride the steel while it's in the particulate phase and if so that's pretty cool. Good read on nitrogen in steel: https://knifesteelnerds.com/2018/09/17/nitrogen-alloyed-knife-steels/


Lostabroad
61
Sep 13, 2020
Beautiful knife, but $1200 is crazy talk. Not that it isn't worth it. It might be given the hand made point and materials. Just that I wouldn't even want to seriously use it for that money. Just frame it up on a wall and stare at it. If you wanted to get serious use out of a "spare" $1200, buy 10 F1's instead.
NewHass
92
Sep 14, 2020
Now that's an insurance policy. "Chip one? Fine, let be break out the spare while I set this aside for now. Chipped two? Sure."
static.overdub
413
Sep 13, 2020
Could I use this to cut open my boxes?
SargeII
135
Sep 14, 2020
Yeah, to open Ingersoll boxes for the watches they sell here on Drop 😋
static.overdub
413
Sep 14, 2020
Pshhhh I buy all my Ingersoll watches straight from AliExpress.
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