In either black Nitrate or bead blast finish, the Alpha One is an ideal folding combat knife for troops in the field.

ALPHA ONE REPORTS FOR DUTY | Folding Knife Review

Pohl-Force’s new folding knife is built rock-solidly with German ruggedness and input from battle-proven operators.

The Alpha One is one of the first exiting new models developed by the equally new Pohl Force Knife Company. Behind Pohl Force Company is the managing director and well-known designer Dietmar Pohl, who has spent almost 15 years working in the Solingen knife industry. During this time he designed and developed more than 100 different knives in intensive cooperation with professional users.

For a tactical knife to have practical value for professional users, it needs to be designed with the input of experienced field operatives. The Alpha One project indeed was created with the help of many different experts and users from all kinds of special organizations including U.S. and German Special Forces. Currently, the knife is available in two different versions, an all black tactical and a polished civilian version.

The Specs
The 440C (58-59 HRC) 4.5-inch bladed Alpha One weighs in at 9.9 ounces. The prefabricated parts of the tactical version have a black titan aluminium nitrate (TiAlN) vacuum coat (PVD). The prefabricated parts of the outdoor version are bead blasted. The Alpha One comes with a detailed instruction manual giving its many potential uses. On the certificate you can find a serial number and control date with the signature of managing director Dietmar Pohl. Before leaving the shop, he personally examines each knife for defects.

The two-step Spyderco-style serrations are ideal for cutting both webbing and rope. They are also easier to resharpen than some of the finer-toothed patterns.

The two-step Spyderco-style serrations are ideal for cutting both webbing and rope. They are also easier to resharpen than some of the finer-toothed patterns.

The handle is made out of two stainless steel liners, which have large cutouts to reduce weight. On top of the liners there are massive .16-inch thick molded recesses made of glass fiber-reinforced Zytel, chosen because of its resistance to impacts and ability to handle variations in temperature and humidity. The handle’s texture feels a bit like a low-grit sandpaper.

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