Fiddlebacks

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  1. Nightflyer

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    The knives, not the spider!
    These are my favorite custom knives and while beautiful blades, they are also very rugged knives meant for hard use. And use them I do. This is my small but growing collection. Let's see yours!
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    Duke with stabilized box elder burl scales over black micarta with lime green pinstripes
    Duke with Honduran rosewood scales over black micarta with lime green pinstripes and a tapered tang
    Production model Bushfinger
    Bushcrafter with Desert Ironwood scales over natural micarta with lime green pinstripes and a tapered tang
    Bushcrafter Jr. with curly maple scales over black micarta liners and black micarta bolsters with a tapered tang.

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    I would love to one day have a Bushfinger or kephart. Sadly, I don't have the funds for a fiddleback now or in the near future, but one day...
    Do you have a favorite?
     
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    Production Kephart:
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    They are wonderful knives for sure. I had one but never used it. It was just too pretty for me to feel comfortable using. :)

    But if another crosses my path, and it will, I will use the heck out of it. :)
     
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    @MEC003 the two that just spoke to me are the box elder burl Duke and theBushcrafter Jr
     
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    Can you post some more pictures? I'd like to see the box elder with lime green.
    That ironwood is really nice too!
     
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    soon...............very soon................
     
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    Pro Kephart,
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    A couple times a year,
    I go out in less than optimal weather, with just a knife and a ferro rod, and try to build a fire. This episode offered light snow and some light drizzle. As a reward for my success. I brought along a beer. I promised myself I wouldn't drink it unless I got fire, so I was motivated.
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    That top Duke looks Yuuuuge! I didn't realize they were so big. Is the second Duke really that much smaller or is it a camera angle illusion? The Duke looks like it would make a dandy survival knife IMO.
     
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    Only one I got and I'm lucky to have it (literally)

    Bushcrafter: Two tone micrata

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    @Primordial,

    The Duke was designed by Andy to replace the KA-BAR he had when he was young.


    From Fiddleback Forge's Andy Roy:

    "The Duke is the knife that I designed to take the place of my old KA-BAR USMC knife that I carried everywhere and did everything with when I was a kid. It is an improvement. Its sturdier with a full tang, no stamped metal guard and no butt plate. It is made from much better steel. Its handle is more weather resistant than the leather as the crenelated micarta is almost impervious to everything. When I went into the woods as a kid I had my USMC knife and my pocketknife for whittling of course. I was big on walking sticks and was always carving them. I did everything with that duo. I was one of those kids that got off the bus, did homework as quick as I could and hit the woods by the house."

    I was teasing Andy about my love for the KA-BAR a short while ago. As luck would have it. He sent me a lightly used Duke Pro to take head to head with my KA-BAR. So as time permits. I will be doing a brief, but hopefully interesting comparison between the two.

    I don't hide the fact that I really like the KA-BAR as a Camp Utility blade. If you search Dog's Head in the edged section. You'll find a thread on my Dog's Head earning it's money. A very cool knife in its own right.

    I think it will be a fun little project to pit them against each other.

    The Duke showed this past Friday. It is a decently large knife. You are correct in that the Duke would make a worthy survival/heavy user blade. I struggle a bit using the term survival these days. Because it can stir emotions from all sides. Not unlike the term tactical.


    Suffice it to say, the Duke should be capable of most if not all, heavy woods related chores. With the possible exceptions of filleting cement blocks and disecting a '47 Packard. Neither of which I have ever found necessary for woods living.


    The size is off set by the balance. I played around with it a bit Thursday night. It has a very neutral balance point and rides around on your index finger like a pet monkey.

    I have asked KA-BAR for a long time to build a 5.5" version of the standard KA-BAR. As of yet, they haven't listened. Ironically Andy's Duke comes in at around 5.5" so I was pleased with that.

    Here are just a few shots to hold you over until I have time to put these two to workide by side.

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    I only have 1 Terassoaur and it is a safe queen. It is to pretty for me to use but I also need a sheath for it.
     
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    Thanks for the input! I'm looking forward to the write up!
     
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    @MEC003, you asked to see the liners/pinstripes so here is a photo. You can also see the tapered tangs which are difficult to execute, but Andy has got it down!


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    Thanks to all for the great photos of Fiddlebacks in use. As someone asked about the size difference in my two Dukes, I'll do my best to answer. The Rosewood Duke is an earlier one than the burl. As these are custom made knives, each one will have slight differences from the other, and sometimes Andy makes slight changes to the design over time. I also think the lighter handle makes it appear larger in the photo. Although they are works of art, one shouldn't be afraid to put them to use like any other blade. Just keep them clean and sharp.
     
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    This is one I let go, Andy does as nice a finish on a knife as I have seen, still have one with a wood handle. Picture or Video 022.jpg Picture or Video 023.jpg
     
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    Not much of an in use picture, but my camp knife went for a walk and breathed in some fresh air yesterday!
     

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    Here's a Terrasaur I used to have:
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    @FreudianSlip , that's a stunner.
    How about a close up? Those scales look awesome.
     
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    Yup, I was right. That's an awesome piece.
    Thanks!

    Wow.. I really like that one.
     
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    Is that Andy's drunken burlap? It looks awesome!
     
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    Hahahah, yeah I love this knife. It’s Oreo burlap with black and orange liners. 1/8 A2 steel and tapered tang. The new Oreo burlap shade tree makes is lighter in color though, not sure why they did that
     
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    I agree 100%. The darker weave looks so much better.
     
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    Here is an example of my other knife with Oreo burlap that is lighter. It’s still nice in a different way but I think I like darker.
     
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    Nothing like Art in motion. Keep em coming guys. Love seeing Andy's work being used.
     
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    I have a production Hiking Buddy that I carry every day and use the heck out of.
    I won it in a GAW and It’s the nicest knife I’ve ever owned.
     
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    How do you carry it may I ask?
     
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    Her are others I have owned, the wood one on the botton right is the only one left now!

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    You may indeed ask. I wear it on my belt. I live in Kansas where we can carry any knife any way we see fit anywhere they’re not expressly prohibited. I work in an office where pretty much everyone carries a knife of some sort.
     
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    Bushcrafter,
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    Oatmeal burlap?
     
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    All gone now:17: I need to get a photo of what I still have:rolleyes:
     
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    I've been kicking around the idea of trading my production kephart for a production hiking buddy, but I'm still on the fence.
     
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    I've only got one, a Babyboot. Picked it because it's right at the blade length limit for the federal building in which I work. I wanted a small sturdy quality fixed blade, and I've got that in spades with this baby. The wood is wenge. I waited for a while for this one to pop up because I didn't want one with a swedge grind. Carried in a Diomedes pocket or scout (X-carry) sheath.

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    I’ve owned several Fiddlebacks but sold them all over the years except one. It was always my favorite of the bunch in terms of size and feel. It’s one of the early Bushcrafter Jrs., Osage and Walnut. They are all nice knives but There’s something about the early ones with the wood liners and metal pins that just appeal to me more than many of the newer ones.

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    Man that is a really nice one. I love that sheath too.
     
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    Very interesting! When was that made??
     
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    I really dig that handle scale combo and execution.
     
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    Good question, I don’t know. Guessing it’s ten years old or so. I would imagine not too long after Andy started producing them for sale. Does anybody know when that was?
     
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    Simply superb execution of both knives and sheaths. Clean, classy lines.
     
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