It is well known that we at Sumo Survival value well made knives. We are often are given knives which promise much but deliver nothing but the KNV3 is something different.
The KNV3 is a new offering from Swedish manufacturer Jaktkit and is the latest in the their tough KNV range.
Sumo Sy recently posted a video covering the KNV2 on Youtube. In it he demonstrates just how tough the KNV2 is after subjecting it to the kind of battering that you would not normally expect a knife which retails for under £100 to survive in one piece (you can watch Sy’s video here).
So how does the KNV3 compare to it’s older brother?
The blade of the KNV3 is shorter than the previous model by 26mm making it more compact. The reduction of blade length takes the overall length down to 202mm.
The blade thickness is also less than the KNV2 with the KNV3 coming in at 4.5mm instead of 5.1mm. The reduction in size brings the KNV3 down to only 150g in weight.
Full Tang Construction
The knife is of full tang construction which means that the blade material runs the full length of the knife making it very strong.
The tang protrudes from the handle slightly to provide a rudimentary hammer for crushing nuts or driving in light nails etc. This a feature I like to see on a bushcraft knife and something I spoke about with the EKA Nordic W12 I reviewed last year.
The blade itself is made of 9Cr18MoV steel making it tough it enough for most bushcraft tasks and allowing the KNV3 to hold a good edge for a good length of time.
The KNV3 as with the KNV2 has been given a Extreme V-Edge grind which Jaktkit claims gives the knife an edge which is 30% sharper than traditional or convex grinds. I have to say that so far it is a claim that I am happy to stand behind as this blade is extremely sharp and the edge is very easy to maintain with just a few minutes on a leather strop.
The handle of the KNV3 is made of TPE-O which is a rubberised substance which is age and chemical resistant. The textured handle is well shaped and encloses the blade completely giving the blade excellent grip even in cold and wet conditions (the norm here).
There is a standard sized lanyard hole through the handle allowing you to use paracord to secure the knife when in use.
As I have mentioned in other reviews and in the Sumo Survival Podcast, I am not a fan of Kydex. Many sheaves made of Kydex are often poorly made and lack many of the features of a traditional sheath.
However my opinion of Kydex has definitely changed thanks in part to the sheath provided with the KNV3. It is very well designed and made. The sheath itself is low profile and locks the knife securely in place thanks to the hot pressing method of construction.
The ample belt loop features a velcro release and allows the knife to be combined with MOLLE-type mounting systems and the slotted edges allow you to use the sheath in numerous configurations.
I have been using the knife extensively for a number of months and it has not failed to impress me in any way. The Extreme V-Edge certainly provides the blade a cutting profile that is truly effective and very easy to maintain while in the field.
Due to the similarity between the KNV3 and the Fallkniven F1, I asked a few friends who own a F1 to try the Jaktkit and give us their opinion on how it compares to the legendary blade.
“I particularly liked the shorter blade length. It compares well to the more expensive Fallkniven and I think I may buy one for the next adventure.” – Marc O’Neil
“One tough little knife. Performs really well against the F1 and I can see these being popular with the outdoors community.” – John Mowat
The KNV3 may be smaller than it’s bigger brother but it certainly packs a punch. Sumo Approved!
Jaktkit – http://www.jaktkit.com/en/14-knives
Blade length: 84 mm
Overall length: 202mm
Blade thickness: 4.5mm
Hardness: 59 HRC
Warranty: 10 years