The Drop Ferrum Forge Falcon: A Great Knife That’s Hard to Use with One Hand

Rating: 7/10 ?
  • 1 - Absolute Hot Garbage
  • 2 - Sorta Lukewarm Garbage
  • 3 - Strongly Flawed Design
  • 4 - Some Pros, Lots Of Cons
  • 5 - Acceptably Imperfect
  • 6 - Good Enough to Buy On Sale
  • 7 - Great, But Not Best-In-Class
  • 8 - Fantastic, with Some Footnotes
  • 9 - Shut Up And Take My Money
  • 10 - Absolute Design Nirvana
Price: $125
The Ferrum Forge Falcon comes with a handy two-knife case and a polishing cloth.
The Ferrum Forge Falcon comes with a handy two-knife case and a polishing cloth. Andrew Heinzman

The Ferrum Forge Falcon is a staple of Drop’s custom knife catalog. In terms of build quality, it blows similarly priced flipper knives out of the water. In spite of its quality and versatility, the Falcon isn’t a perfect one-handed knife.

Here's What We Like

  • Great build quality
  • Shiny, sharp, even blade
  • Finger choil (indent) is a nice touch
  • Good for righties or lefties

And What We Don't

  • Pocket clip is too shallow
  • Doesn't come with a TR8 key
  • Difficult to close with one hand

Like Drop’s other pocket knives, the Falcon is built with attractive, durable materials. Its 3.9″ titanium handle has a soft satin finish, its mechanisms (bearings and such) feel controlled and tight, and its 2.9″ stainless blade is incredibly sharp, symmetrical, and shiny.

But expensive materials are useless if they aren’t used properly, and that’s where Ferrum Forge’s design comes into play. This knife is handsome, usable, and versatile. Its drop-point blade (which is good for slicing, not piercing) is crafted with a nice finger choil (the indent), and the thumb ramp features some jimping (bumps) for extra control. Its flipper tab feels substantial and strong, and it even features a reversible pocket clip for left-handed use.

As an EDC tool, the Falcon works quite well. Its drop-point blade is great for cutting boxes, cable ties, food, and wood. It feels weighty and easy to control, especially when held at the base of the blade with your finger in the choil. I could even see someone using the Falcon as a carving knife because it feels so balanced and strong in the hand.

A close-up of the Falcon's lockbar and pocket clip. The lockbar is located where you naturally rest your middle finger.
A close-up of the Falcon’s lockbar and pocket clip. The lockbar is located where you naturally rest your middle finger. Andrew Heinzman

But I do have a few problems with this knife’s design. While I don’t mind flipper mechanisms, the opening mechanism on the Falcon is a bit tight, mostly due to the lockbar’s position on the knife.

The Falcon’s lockbar is located where you naturally rest your middle finger (or thumb, if you’re a lefty). Unless you consciously move your middle finger away from the lockbar, it adds lateral pressure to the knife and makes deployment feel way too tight.

To add insult to injury, the lockbar makes it difficult to close the Falcon with one hand. It takes a lot of pressure to push the thick titanium lockbar out from under the blade with your thumb, especially when your middle finger’s natural resting place is on the opposite side of the lockbar.

Thankfully, you can adjust the Falcon’s tension with a TR8 screwdriver (a tool which should be included with this $125 knife). But adjusting the tension only helps loosen the knife’s deployment—closing the knife is difficult regardless of the knife’s tension. (You can’t fine-tune the lockbar, and the screw on the lockbar just holds together a piece of metal, it doesn’t create any pressure or tension.)

I think Drop and Ferrum Forge tried to fix these issues by placing the pocket clip toward the center of the knife (overlapping the lockbar). But the pocket clip isn’t long enough to rest my fingers on while opening or closing the knife, and its position in the middle of the Falcon’s body means the knife doesn’t really go as deep in my pocket as I’d like.

The Falcon on the writer's desk.
Andrew Heinzman

All in all, the Falcon is a great knife with good build quality. It’s sharp, versatile, symmetrical, and strong. And it has a few nice features that are missing from other drop-point knives, like the deep finger choil and thumb jimping. As you’d expect from its $125 price tag, the Falcon is sure to impress your friends and last for a long time.

But it isn’t perfect. Unless you have the finger strength of a god, it’s difficult to confidently close the Falcon with just one hand. (I can do it, but not well enough to impress anybody.) In some situations, that may be what you’re looking for. This knife will never open up on its own, and it does work well as a two-handed knife.

Rating: 7/10
Price: $125

Here’s What We Like

  • Great build quality
  • Shiny, sharp, even blade
  • Finger choil (indent) is a nice touch
  • Good for righties or lefties

And What We Don't

  • Pocket clip is too shallow
  • Doesn't come with a TR8 key
  • Difficult to close with one hand

Andrew Heinzman Andrew Heinzman
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