Bushcraft Canada logo
Contact Us

Bushcraft Canada - Reviews
Canada flag $11.95 Shipping Saver on Canadian orders over $49.99.
Facebook logo X logo Youtube logo Pinterest logo Bit Chute logo Newsletter logo
Cart Empty

Box top

Back to Reviews


Hultafors Pack

Hultafors is a Swedish company whose roots date back to 1883 and to the invention of the folding rule. They produced mostly wooden measuring tools for a long period of time. But since the early 1990s when they bought and merged with other companies, they manufacture hand tools, including pry-bars, hammers, axes and knives. Some of these acquired companies go back a long time in history, such as the Hults Bruk reaching back all the way to 1697. Today the company known as the Hultafors Group, which includes three main sections, namely Snickers (workwear), Wibe (ladders) and Hultafors (hand tools). Generally speaking the company is better known in Europe, than in North America.

This brings us to our Canadian distributor, Paul at BushcraftCanada.com. He carries a good selection of axes and knives from the palette of Hultafors. He grouped three of these knives in a money saving bundle. All three models belong to the "Craftsman's knives" line of the manufacturer.


HVK model (orange handle):
Steel: Japanese carbon @ HRC 58-60
Total length: 208mm
Blade length: 93mm
Blade width: 18.5mm
Blade thickness: 2.5mm
Weight: 75g (sheath 23g)

RFR model (blue handle):
Steel: Japanese stainless @ HRC 57-59
Total length: 208mm
Blade length: 93mm
Blade width: 18.5mm
Blade thickness: 2.5mm
Weight: 75g (sheath 23g)

GK model (green handle):
Steel: Japanese carbon @ HRC 58-60
Total length: 222mm
Blade length: 94mm
Blade width: 23mm
Blade thickness: 3mm
Weight: 105g (sheath 27g)

Overall impressions:

All three knives were sharp enough to slice newsprint with the factory edge, but none of them shaved hair. The GK model (which had the worst edge out of the three) even had some visible burr on the edge. I touched them up on my Spyderco Sharpmaker and some charged leather. The RFR and HVK models are essentially the same, except the blade steel (and handle colour...). The stainless (RFR) model gives up a little hardness and thus a bit of edge retention in exchange of easier maintenance. These two knives have Scandinavian grind with a (tiny) micro secondary bevel. The more robust GK model have a Scandinavian grind with a well defined secondary bevel, which was a bit uneven at the tip. All three knives have a hidden tang construction where the tang goes about halfway into the handle and in the case of the beefier GK this distance is about 2/3 of the length of the handle.

The colour coded handles are molded Polypropylene (PP) plastic with a very prominent finger-guard at the blade and a somewhat less pronounced pommel at the back. These handles are tough, weatherproof and have enough real estate for large hands and work gloves, especially the GK. They have a slight surface texture and provide a good, secure and comfortable grip, even when wet. Also, they are smooth enough to be used for extended time periods without developing hot spots in one's palm. Here are some in hand photos.


The sheaths are made out of the same tough "PP" plastic as the handles. They give a tight fit and hold the knives securely. I could not shake them out upside down. These sheaths can be mounted on a belt or on the buttons of a work uniform (this kind of carry is very popular in the Scandinavian countries). The belt loops can be opened and clipped to some harness or webbing as well. In order to accommodate thicker belts the loop needs a little modification. There is a "ridge" or "rib" inside of the loop which has to be cut away. This is easy to do, since we can open and close the loop. Also, there is a drain hole at the bottom on each of these sheaths and a thumb rest on the top to facilitate the one handed draw of the knives. Now, these sheaths are not going to win any beauty contests, but they are very functional.

Practical use:

I have tried to use all three members of this trio equally in every assignment and share my thoughts and opinions here. These knives are well suited to carving and "bushcrafting" chores in the light to medium field and perform nicely in the woods. They can even take some abuse (within reason...), especially the stronger GK model. So, here are some of the categorized tasks I have put them through.


Light batoning...
...feather-sticks and shavings. Nice and curly.

A little whittling...

...notches. Clean and smooth cuts.
Some deep power cuts...
… and power slice. Notice the nice and clean surface.
Scrapings made with the spine of the blade...
...and drilling with the tip.

This trio carried out all these jobs admirably. The spine of each blade was sharp enough on one side to throw good sparks with a ferrocerium rod and make fine wood or bark scrapings. The relatively thin Scandi blades bite deep into wood and easy to control even during power cuts. (The GK model suffered here slightly, because of the different grind and thicker blade.) The keen edges compounded with the generously sized handles make them powerful slicers, yet they are still very safe to use. Actually, I think they are good candidates for youngsters and inexperienced people to learn (supervised) safe knife handling.

Cutting, slicing:

Here, I have used different materials as subjects of my tests.
Such as pneumatic air-hose...
...plastic plumbing pipe..
...nylon webbing...
...nylon rope...
...bicycle inner tube...
… and leather.
Stripped some household "Loomex" wire.
Also stripped and push-cut(!) some 8 conductor, 24AWG size CAT5E data/communication cable with the GK model. After this, the edge of the secondary bevel developed a very tiny, really hard to see roll/burr in a small spot, which was removed with a couple of swipes on the Sharpmaker and it was perfect again. Other than this one, minor roll, none of the knives suffered any damage during these tests.

Food preparation:

In this field the relatively short blades, but even more so the finger guards were limiting factors in the performance of the knives. Of course, they can be pressed into kitchen duty, if necessary. They will fulfill those requests as well. I took some pictures of these accomplishments.



Both the stainless and the carbon steel blades seem to have good edge retention.

The finger guards virtually make it impossible for your fingers to slide onto the cutting edge, but some of the time they do get in the way of certain kinds of work, e.g., food processing or some carving action. I strongly feel, that the oversized finger guards take away from the capabilities of these knives.

Some people would grind them off, but that would pose another problem in the form of a loose fit in the sheath. I wish Hultafors would make some purposely built bushcraft models, using the same materials with a touch longer blade and more importantly with more subdued (or even without) finger guards... Although, originally these lightweight knives were (as the name of the line "Craftsman's knives" suggests) designed for tradesmen, mostly in the construction/maintenance business, they hold up pretty good in the outdoor/bushcraft arena as well. For example, they would make an excellent back up, loaner/starter knife or a good addition to a survival kit. Teamed up with other tools, such as a folding saw or/and an axe they would serve anyone well in a main kit, also. All three of these blades belong to the same inexpensive category (I would not call them "cheap"...), as the better known Mora knives and provide excellent value for the money. It is really hard to beat the money-quality ratio that these knives have. In this bundle offering it is an even better deal. Definitely a recommended buy either on their own or in the bundle of three.

Thanks for reading!

Box bottom

Home Recently Back in Stock Reviews Archives Contact Us
Terms and Conditions - Legal Statement - Return Policy

Fällkniven Knives

*New Fallknivens A1x S1x F1x Accessories, Spare Sheaths & Engraving Chef's & Butcher's Knives K1 K2 F3 F4 Fallkniven PRO Series Fishing Knives F2 H1 WM1 HK9 PHK KOLT Northern Light Series NL1 NL2 NL3 NL4 NL5 NL5CX PRK MC1 G1 R2 F1D F1 F1L3GgM S1 A1 A2 SK1 SK6 V1 F1L3GMM MB RL1 LTC GP U4 U2 PXL FH9 P3G PC U1 Taiga Knives TF1 TH1 TF2 TH2 Tre Konor Folding Knives TK3 & TK4 Tre Kronor Sheath Knives TK1 TK2 TK5 TK6

Product Categories

All Outdoor Clothing and Leather Goods All Summer/Fall Clothing All Winter Clothing Brady Bags of England Since 1887 Bushcraft Leather Gear Fjallraven Canada Sweden Harkila Seeland Clothing Denmark Harkila SPECIAL Orders SKOOKUMbrand┬« Yukon Swanndri of New Zealand SWAZI Clothing NZ WOOL Blankets ** Barkriver SALE ** All Barkriver Knives Barkriver Adventurer ELMAX Barkriver Aurora 2 CPM 3V Barkriver Aurora 3V Barkriver Aurora 3V Scandi Barkriver Aurora A2 Barkriver Aurora A2 Scandi Barkriver Aurora Hunter 3V Barkriver Aurora Mini 3V Barkriver Bird and Trout Knife CPM 154 Barkriver Boon 3V Barkriver Bravo 1 3V Barkriver Bravo 1 A2 Barkriver Bravo 1 Cru-Wear Barkriver Bravo 1 LT CW Barkriver Bravo 1.25 3V Barkriver Bravo 1.25 A2 Barkriver Bravo 1.25 LT 3V Barkriver Bravo 1.5 3V Barkriver Bravo 1.5 A2 Barkriver Bravo 2 3V Barkriver Bravo 2 A2 Tool Steel Barkriver Bravo EDC 3V Barkriver Bravo Machete Barkriver Bravo-3 3V Barkriver Bushcrafter 2 3V Barkriver Bushcrafter 3V Barkriver Bushcrafter 3V Ultralite Barkriver Bushcrafter Ultralite ELMAX Barkriver Canadian LT 3V Barkriver Canoe Cru-wear Barkriver Chute Knife CPM 154 Barkriver Classic DPH Elmax Barkriver Classic Drop Point A2 Barkriver Classic Drop Point Hunter S45VN Barkriver Crusader 3V Barkriver CUB 3v Barkriver Edwin Forrest Bowie A2 Barkriver Firesteels Barkriver Fox River 2 LT 3V Barkriver Fox River 3V Barkriver Fox River A2 Barkriver Fox River CPM 154 Barkriver Golok A2 Barkriver Gunny 3V Barkriver Gunny A2 Barkriver Gunny Hunter LT 3V Barkriver Gunny S45VN Barkriver Gunny Scandi 3V Barkriver Hunters Ax A2 Barkriver JX6 CPM 154 Barkriver JX6 ELMAX Barkriver Kephart 4 CPM 3V Barkriver Kephart 5in CPM 3V Barkriver Kephart Mini 3V Barkriver Macv Recondo CPM 154 Barkriver Marauder CPM 154 Barkriver Matterhorn S45VN Barkriver Michigan Hunter Cru-Wear Barkriver Mini Canadian CPM 3V Barkriver Mini Rogue A2 Barkriver Mountaineer 2 CPM Cru Wear Barkriver North Country EDC2 CPM S45VN Barkriver Pig Sticker CPM154 Barkriver Puukko Barkriver Quartermaster 225Q Barkriver Shining Mountain Bowie A2 Barkriver Squad Leader 3V Barkriver Strike Force 2 CPM3V Barkriver Trailmate 2 CPM154 Barkriver Trakker A2 Barkriver Tusk A2 Barkriver Ultra Lite Field Knife 3V Barkriver Wilderness 5 Cruwear Blade Blanks and Knife Making Canadian Made Knives Casstrom Chefs Knives Condor Knives Cosmo Knives Canada Cudeman Knives Spain Custom Sheaths Enzo Brisa Knives ESEE Knives EXOTIC and Other Brands Fällkniven Grohmann Knives Canada Helle Knives Hultafors Knives & Axes Joker Knives Karesuando Sweden Lionsteel Knives Mora Knives of Sweden MS Knives of Lithuania Otter-Messer Mercator Germany Roselli of Finland Scandinoff Knives Spyderco TOPS Knives TRC Knives Bushcraft Canada EXCLUSIVES Combo Savings GIFT CERTIFICATES February SALE! NEW LINES What's Coming? All Meopta Products Flashlights Meopta Accessories Meopta Canada Binoculars Meopta Canada Rifle and Spotting Scopes Meopta latest Info and Resources Meopta Meostar R1 Riflescopes Meopta Meostar R2 Riflescopes Meopta Optika5 Meopta Optika6 Meopta Red Dot Sights Meopta Specials/Clearance/Discontinued Meopta Spotting Scopes Meopta ZD and Tac Riflescopes Backpacks BCB British Army Kit Books Outdoor and Bushcraft Bushcraft & Survival Courses Bushcraft Leather Gear Camp Equipment Eagle Products Norway Fire Food Hill People Gear USA Historic 18th Century Kit Hunting Gear Kuksa Lappland Long Life Meals Outdoor Equipment and Survival Gear Paracord Commercial Paracord MIL SPEC Pathfinder School Dave Canterbury Kit Petromax Germany Savotta Finland Tarps WATCHES WOOL Blankets Zebra Pots All Agdor Axes All Axes All Brant & Cochran Axes All Council Tool Axes All H&B Forge Axes USA All Hults Bruk Axes All Ox Head German Axes All Roselli Axes All Svante Djarv Axes All Wetterlings Axes All WOOX Axes Folding Saws G-Man Swedish Saws Historic 18th Century Kit Shapton Sharpening Stones Sharpening Stones and Strops Silky Saws Svante Djarv Blacksmith Tools for the Woodsman Wood Carving tools Worksharp Sharpeners

Bushcraft Canada logo
Fax 1-250-868-0135
Site Design by Nrg Web Design