The Foxtrott One is the second knife from Pohl Force’s “Euro Ops Division” or E.O.D. line. These knives are designed by Dietmar Pohl who also personally oversees their manufacture. Made to very exacting standards by LionSteel, in Maniago Italy, they have excellent fit, finish and attention to detail. This knife is the sister product to the Kilo One fixed blade and shares many similarities.
The blade profile is labelled a modified santoku, but it could also be easily classified as a sheep’s-foot. At 4.4″ long and 1.38″ at its widest, the blade is quite large. Made from D2 and hardened to 59 HRC, it offers excellent toughness and edge retention. The primary bevel is a high flat grind. This reduces the 0.197″ blade stock down to a good thickness to receive its fine secondary grind. The slight belly of the cutting edge improves slicing and will also be easy to maintain. The tip has the distinctive downward slope of this profile. While many sheep’s-foot blades are designed to avoid penetrating cuts, the Foxtrott One is still capable. This is due to the slightly elongated nose meeting the slight belly at the tip. A swedge also helps in this regard as well as adding a nice detail grind.
Following the swedge there is a large thumb grove on the aft of the spine. This also houses the thumb plate that is used for opening. Opposite there is a large choil. The combination of these two features allow the user to easily choke up on the blade. The width of the thumb plate also adds additional comfort and safe use. Following the thumb groove there is a jimped thumb ramp.
The blade has been perfectly ground and has Pohl Force, the EOD logo, steel type and a unique serial number with date of manufacture etched on the blade.
The Handle of the knife is a largely closed-back construction. Both sides have a heavily corrugated texture that provides excellent grip and a unique appearance. The black G10 side of the handle forms one scale and the spine, in a single piece. Incorporating the spine and scale without a liner saves considerable weight while adding strength. The opposite is made from titanium and includes the frame-lock. The lock-up is solid in all directions. For added security the lock features LionSteel’s proprietary RotoBlock. This is essentially a nut that cinches down on the locking leaf completely immobilizing it. Although safeties aren’t for everyone, the Rotoblock works very well and can have its tension adjusted with the center bolt. It also serves to protect over-extension of the lock arm when releasing it. As with most titanium frame locks there is a slight amount of stickiness on the lock faces, due to the difference in hardness between the hardened blade steel and titanium.
The shoulder of the handle serves to complete the profile of the choil and thumb ramp. This adds a great amount of room for a forward or back grip and two thumb positions with the choil depending on preference. The thumb ramp also nicely compliments the handles large first finger groove. Following along the inner edge, there are two scallops that lock the hand in place. For a reverse grip there is a run of jimping along the spine, before the pommel. The slightly downward angle on the last third of the handle comfortable sits in the palm or under your thumb.
The overall ergonomics are well though and offer several positions. As with most handles with a lot of contouring, it may not feel comfortable for everyone, however, I find the grip excellent.
The two main fasteners in the handle are the pivot and clip bolt. Both of these use Pohl Force’s heavy duty, hollow T-bolt and spanner nut hardware. This unique solution acts as a the pivot on one end and clip holder on the other. Because the bolts are hollow the rear can be used as a lanyard hole, or both together to accommodate a D-lanyard.
For carry Pohl Force offers several carry options. The knife comes standard with a reversible, tip up wire clip. The clip has good tension and slides in and out of pockets/pouches easily. Two sheaths can be had for the knife when the blade is stowed. One is nylon with a flap and belt loop and the other a form-fit pancake style leather sheath. There is also a kydex option for when the blade is open and locked. This is a great, especially if you want to quickly store your knife after the Rotoblock is engaged.
All in, the Foxtrott one is a complete package. Great ergonomics, a useful tough blade geometry along with multiple carry options separate this as a serious tool. The thoughtful design has been expertly rendered by LionSteel giving justice to Dietmar Pohl’s experienced design. This knife would be well suited for professional applications or outdoors where this large folder can be openly carried. It would also be a great addition to any collection due to its unique design and exceptional fit and finish. The Foxtrott One Outdoor (stone wash) also comes in a Black PVD blade version, The Foxtrott One Survival.
For additional information on the Foxtrott One and available accessories, visit www.pohlforce.de
Exceptional Fit and Finish
Useful Accessory options
Light for its size
Large (could be a pro too)
Over All Length: 10.24″ (26cm)
Weight: 7.76oz (220g)
Length: 4.41″ (11.2cm)
Thickness: 0.197″ (5mm)
D2 Stainless Steel HRC 59
Stone Wash Finish
Titanium Frame Lock
G10 scale and spine (one piece)
Length: 5.827″ (148cm)
Clip: Tip up Wire Clip, Reversible
Made in the Italy